Saturday, December 8, 2012

Day One...Ham Rolls

The big dilemma with this simple yet yummy recipe is to either use pickles or leave them out.  This recipe is great either way. p.s.  For this initial post, I borrowed a pic from the internet.  You see while easy and delicious, these little pieces of goodness can be a bit on the messy side, but don't let that deter you one bit, they are worth it!

  My first experience with these were actually a bit different.  My Grandma Mike as we called her used the dried beef from the glass container on the shelves by the canned tuna and canned chicken, and you can if you so choose, but my main reason for upgrading is size.  You can make a lot more using slices of cooked ham.  So, lets get down to it.  The recipe is as follows:

You will need:
        One 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
         8 slices of cooked ham, thicker slices work well, usually sliced of sandwiches if from the deli counter.
         8 dill pickle spears (optional)

How to assemble:
         I have found that drying off the ham slices allow for an easier assembly, so dry the ham slices with a paper towel and set aside.  Soften the cream cheese, if you need you can place the cream cheese in a microwavable bowl and soften at 15-20 second intervals, stirring each time until it is easily spreadable.  If using dill pickles, dry them of their excess juices also.
         Spread one slice of ham with the softened cream cheese covering the surface almost to the edges, and if you choose place a pickle spear along the short edge and roll it up, jelly roll style      then repeat with the other pieces. Refridgerate the large rolls allowing for them to chill.  When ready to slice them, using a sharp knife, cut the edges off, then slice them in approximately 1-inch pieces, and place them either on your serving platter or in a resealable container for later plating in the fridge. *Don't let the edges go to waste, they are still yummy, just snack on them yourself!

Tune in Tomorrow for Another Recipe Idea! Post and let me know what you think!

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