I know you shouldn’t judge a recipe by it’s cover (i.e. how cute it is), but these ham roll ups should absolutely be judged by their cuteness.
Because as cute as they are, they’re even more delicious. Sliced ham, smothered in cream cheese, sprinkled with fresh herbs, all wrapped around a crispy cornichon. Need I say more?
These ham roll ups make for perfect low carb lunches, low carb snacks, and low carb appetizers — how many low carb recipes can you say that about?! Let’s dive in:
How to Make Ham Roll Ups
Making ham roll ups is seriously easy. The only challenge is to not eat them all as you make them! (I wish you luck!)
Here’s are a few tips and tricks:
Make your ham rolls on a flat surface.
You’ll want to roll your ham roll ups on a flat surface.
I prefer to do this on a large cutting board or on a clean kitchen counter — doing this on a plate means you’ll have to assemble each of your ham roll ups, one at a time.
Soften your cream cheese.
You can use whipped or traditional cream cheese. If using traditional cream cheese, allow it to softened in the microwave or on the counter for a few before you make your ham roll ups.
Cornichon vs Pickles.
I prefer to use cornichon in these ham roll ups, as they add a crispy, crunchy and delicious texture to every bite. Plus, they’re naturally the perfect size for our ham roll ups.
Pst, if you don’t know what a cornichon is, don’t worry, I called them “mini pickles” until I wrote this article and finally decided to read the label on the jar! They’re easy to find at most grocery stores, and are definitely worth a taste test if you haven’t tried them before.
If you’d prefer, you can use dill pickle spears — you’ll want to slice them into ¼” spears.
Roll, toothpick, and slice.
All that’s left to do is roll the ham roll ups and slice them into whatever serving size you’d like.
I slice these ham roll ups different depending on how I plan to eat them: for lunch, I’ll slice them in half, for snacks and apps, I cut them into 4 pieces.
Storing this ham roll recipe.
Store your ham roll ups in the fridge in an airtight container.
How to Eat Ham Roll Ups with Pickles
If you’re anything like me, you won’t need a an excuse to eat these ham roll ups with pickles. But, if you’re looking for more inspiration, here’s some low carb meals and ideas for you:
Low carb lunch ideas:
Slice these ham roll ups in half, and place them and your best meal prep containers. I’ll often enjoy this for easy keto lunches, along with some sliced low carb vegetables.
Slice ham roll ups into 4 pieces, and place a toothpick in the center of each slice. Serve them on a plate with the rest of your apps, and guarantee, this will be the crowd favorite!
Low carb snack ideas:
For nearly no carb snacks, I slice these into 4 pieces and use a toothpick in the center (same as above). I store them in an airtight container in the fridge, that way we always have tasty snacks at the ready.
Ham and Cream Cheese Roll Ups Variations
There aren’t a ton of ingredients in these ham and cream cheese roll ups to swap around, however, your ham roll ups your rules — get as creative as you like!
Here’s some ideas to add your own twist to these ham roll ups:
Swap the ham for a different meat.
These ham roll ups can easily be turned into pepperoni roll ups, turkey roll ups, roast beef roll ups, really whatever you’re craving!
Or, add a combo — pepperoni and ham roll ups would be delish!
Try different herbs and spices.
I LOVE the light yet zesty flavor chives add to these ham roll ups — you can also use green onions or thinly sliced yellow onions. Both of these keto vegetables pack in a ton of flavor!
Play around with the herbs to suit your cravings — parsley, onion or garlic powder, maybe some paprika?! Or, try making ranch ham roll ups by mixing ranch seasoning into the cream cheese.
Instead of cream cheese try another spreadable cheese.
Spreadable cheese is one of my favorite low carb foods, I’m all about Boursin (tastes similar to cream cheese, but it’s loaded with herbs), but it can be hard to find in some grocery stores.
Pub cheese is another option — Trader Joe’s often sells it in the refrigerator section.
Paleo ham roll ups.
Cream cheese is not one of the paleo foods — feel free to leave it out for a paleo version of these tasty bites.
Rolling in additional ingredients.
If you’re not on a low carb eating plan, ham roll ups with cream cheese and pineapple (thinly sliced) would be absolutely delicious! (pst, although this isn’t one of the low carb fruits, eating a small portion may still work with you low carb meal plan, check out its carb count here).
Ham Roll Ups Recipe
I hope you enjoy these ham roll ups! Let me know what you think, how you served them, or if you tried any of the variations in the comments below! Enjoy!
Ham Roll Ups
- 16 Slices Deli Sliced Ham I used smoked
- 8 Oz Cream Cheese block, softened
- 1/2 Cup Chives fresh, minced
- 16 Cornichons can also use pickle spears sliced into 1/2 strips
- Lay 1 slice of ham on a flat surface.
- Spread with cream cheese.
- Sprinkle with chives.
- Place 2 cornichons at one edge of your ham.
- Roll tightly.
- Place 4 evenly spaced toothpicks into the sliced ham.
- Slice the ham in between toothpicks into 4 even bites.
- Repeat until you’ve used all your ham, cream cheese and cornichons. Enjoy!
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