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Pickle roll-ups

It seemed fitting that I make this quick and scrumptious appetizer when Ebby came to visit last month. I introduced her to The Pickle Roll-Up in college and we often found ourselves feasting on them in our dorm room after a trip to Hy-Vee to get supplies. We never shared them with anyone!

If you have never tried these, I can honestly say you are missing out. The salty-sweet combination is so simple yet so very tasty. They are easy, guest-pleasing appetizers that are great for parties or football games or any type of gathering.

Lay four stacks of two corned beef slices on a cutting board or cutting mat. Top each with a layer of cream cheese (it does not have to be pretty) and a medium-sized dill pickle.

Roll the corned beef slices around the pickles. The cream cheese will act as the delicious glue that holds everything together.

Cut each pickle roll into four equal slices and serve on a plate. These will not last long. I have a very difficult time keeping my fingers off of these once I have made them.

Pickle Roll-Ups

The BEST appetizer to bring anywhere, hands down.

Contributed by Megan Porta from

Published Nov 26, 2010

Serves: 4

Total time: 10 min

Pickle Roll-Ups
  • 8 slices corned beef lunch meat
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 medium dill pickles
  1. Lay corned beef in stacks of two on a hard surface.
  2. Spread 1 ounce of cream cheese onto each stack. Place a pickle directly in the center of each. Roll corned beef around the pickles and cut each roll into four equal parts.



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Reader Comments (93)

These are great! I haven't made them in a few years, but this has been a good reminder. Beautiful pictures, bravo for making these look elegant. hah. :)

12.15.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAli

I just wanted to tell you that I saw the picture of the pickle roll-ups on and had to click on it.
See, I am from Mom makes these quite often. So, when I brought my Chicago City boy Husband home, he was totally weirded out by some of the things on the table. Needless to say, I get a lot of teasing and the pickle roll is now officially called "Iowa Sushi" in our house.
Thanks for the post...I think I will make these for an appetizer tonight;-)

12.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

Wow, what a great idea! This looks like the perfect little party treat!!

These are required fare at all of my family gatherings. If I were to show up without them, I wouldn't be allowed in the house.

12.16.2010 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

These are my FAVORITE!!! Seriously I could eat a whole log of cream cheese in this form....addictive!

12.17.2010 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor

My family has been making these for the holidays for as long as I can remember. We use deli ham instead of corned beef. Roll, chill, and slice.

12.19.2010 | Unregistered CommenterJeff

We used to make these in PA with lebanon bologna. Sooooooo goood!

12.20.2010 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Here in Texas, we do this same type of hors'd with ham, cream cheese and pickled okra.

01.1.2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

These sound wonderful! I make them using thin ham slices, cream cheese and seedless cucumber strips. YUMMY and low carb!

10.26.2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda

I have made this recipie but with salami instead of corned beef. It is by far one of my favorite snacks!

11.10.2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I thought my family was the only one that ate these snacks. We make them with Black Forest Ham and sweet pickles, but it's also great with salami and sweet pickles!

12.5.2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

omgoodness, i love these!! :)

sry i put the wrong info in the first box ;) stupid migraines...

You know, I did not think I would like these, but the more I looked at your photos and the ingredients and how fast they were to make, I figured why not give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised - these are great! Even my hubby liked them and he is not a real fan of pickles. I will definitely be making these again!

Yummy - we used to make them with ham and okra pickles.

12.11.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill

Awesome! I didn't know anyone else made these. We have a family friend that has been bringing them to Thanksgiving for as long as I can remember. A little weird at first glance, but awesome! Lovely photo - never seen them look so appetizing :) Might have to get stuff on the next grocery run!

12.12.2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenae

Does anyone roll them in lefsa?

01.1.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

We used to have these every Christmas. My mom would roll them in dried beef.

01.9.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAngie

Does anyone have an idea of what to replace the meat with so that a vegetarian could eat them?

01.14.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Lettuce would be a good option! I have to say, though, that the corned beef really does give it its punch.

01.14.2012 | Registered CommenterMegan Porta

My mom made these since I was little and I too introduced them to my college roommate. We use the beef, but mold the cream cheese around the pickle & then wrap in the beef. I could eat them everyday! Although, my fingers would be forever swollen from the salt. Every time I have a party, these are requested.

01.15.2012 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I do something similar, but use ham instead of the corned beef. Another variation is to use ham and sliced pickles, and roll them up in a vegetable tortilla wrap.

01.16.2012 | Unregistered CommenterWinnie

Anne - Why not use a veggie sandwich "meat" product like Smart Deli or Tofurkey?

01.24.2012 | Unregistered Commentershelly

Here in NC, we do these with ham, cream cheese & pickled okra. I'm definitely going to try yours.... the corned beef & pickles look like they'd be great together! I'm thinking these would be great with salami also. Thanks for the idea!

01.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Here in NC, we do these with ham, cream cheese & pickled okra. I'm definitely going to try yours.... the corned beef & pickles look like they'd be great together! I'm thinking these would be great with salami also. Thanks for sharing your version!

01.25.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

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