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Ham and Cream Cheese Roll Ups

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Looking for some easy appetizers for your next social gathering? These ham and cream cheese roll ups will be the first empty platter at the party!  This simple appetizer is easy to make and take only minutes to assemble.

Whether you’re hosting a baby shower, an adult game night or ringing in the New Year, these ham roll ups will definitely be a hit.

ham and cream cheese roll ups topped with black and green olives on a white serving tray

The Easiest Appetizer

Ham and cream cheese roll ups are a super easy appetizer and one of our family’s go-to recipes when we are entertaining or when we are asked to bring an appetizer to share. They are delicious and easy to make and they only use 3 ingredients: olives, cream cheese & sliced ham. Here is how to put them together.

How To Make Ham and Cheese Roll Ups

Make It Soft – Before you get started making these delicious appetizers, you’ll want to soften your cream cheese so it’s easier to spread.

Spread – Lay out the slices of ham on a cutting board and spread the cream cheese over the top until they’re mostly covered.

Roll It Up – Be sure to roll the slices of ham lengthwise.  This will help yield the highest number of roll ups and they won’t be too thick.

Slice & Serve – First, place toothpicks into the cream cheese filled roll of ham.  Make sure separate the toothpicks so they’ll be cut into bite-sized pieces.  Cut the roll and then serve them to your guests.

Other Additions For Cream Cheese Roll Ups

My family loves these ham and cream cheese roll ups as-is but sometimes I like to mix things up a bit.  Here are a couple of other ideas of things you can add to this easy recipe to give it a little variety.

  • Small pickle slices
  • Strawberry jelly
  • Green onions

Tips For Making Ham Roll Ups

The Softer The Better – Take your cream cheese out of the refrigerator WAY in advance to soften it up so it is easier to spread on the ham.

Use Your Hands – Usually if I spread the cream cheese with a knife, the ham has a tendency to tear.  I prefer to use my hands (after I have thoroughly washed them of course:)) to spread the cream cheese.

Thicker Is Better – The thicker the ham, the better. Not only does it taste great, the thick slices are less likely to tear when you spread the cream cheese.

close up of cream cheese ham roll ups with green and black olives on a white plate

More Ham and Cream Cheese Appetizers

If you’re a fan of ham and cream cheese like me, here are a few more appetizers that use these delicious ingredients.

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ham and cream cheese roll ups topped with black and green olives on a white serving tray
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Ham and Cream Cheese Roll Ups Recipe

Looking for some easy appetizers for your next social gathering? These ham and cream cheese roll ups will be the first empty platter at the party!  This simple appetizer is easy to make and take only minutes to assemble.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword appetizer, cheese, ham
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 Roll Up
Calories 45 kcal

Ingredients

  • olives - black green or both
  • cream cheese softened
  • sliced ham - I use a sliced lunch meat
  • toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Lay out the slices of ham and then spread the softened cream cheese over the top.
  2. I usually have to resort to using my hands for this, as a knife usually tears up the ham while trying to get an even layer of cream cheese.
  3. Roll the ham up lengthwise so you have a nice, long roll.
  4. Stick an olive in every toothpick, then stick the toothpick/olives into the ham roll about an inch apart from each other.
  5. Lastly, take a sharp knife and cut the ham roll in between the toothpicks so they are now individual bites.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Ham and Cream Cheese Roll Ups Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 45
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Serve and enjoy!

these ham and cheese roll ups with olives on a white plate are an easy appetizer idea

This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in December 2012. It was updated in April 2017. 

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