These meat roll-ups make quick, delicious, 100% customizable appetizers. Think of them as meat sushi with sliced meat in place of nori, cream cheese standing in for rice, and a mix of all your favorite herbs, fruits, and vegetables inside. Stand a few rolls on end for extra style points.
They're also great last-minute appetizers you can whip up when company arrives but dinner is still cooking, and perfect healthy toddler finger food. As a bonus, these finger sandwiches are gluten-free, and work well for paleo dieters if you go light on the cheese.
Step 1: Tools & Ingredients
You'll need some combination of the following:
rag or paper towel for knife-wiping
thin-sliced deli meat of your choice (I used roast beef, but corned beef, ham, pastrami, salami, etc all work well.)
plain or flavored cream cheese (or other spreadable cheese like chevre)
fresh basil (or other leafy herb/green of your choice: spinach, arugula, mint, dill, shiso, etc)
seasonal veggies (asparagus, cucumbers, carrots, peppers, sprouts, chives, scallions, etc)
seasonal fruits (apple, pear, mango, papaya, avocado, strawberry, peach, etc)
preserved fruits/veggies (pickled peppers, roasted tomato, sourkraut/kimchi, pickled daikon, etc)
anything else you think would taste good wrapped in cheesy meat