Finger Sandwiches: Meat Roll-Ups

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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. 
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Step 1: Tools & Ingredients

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You'll need some combination of the following:

cutting board
sharp knife
rag or paper towel for knife-wiping
serving dish

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 

Step 2: Flavoring cream cheese

You can buy pre-flavored cream cheese, but it's dead easy to make your own.  Just let a brick of cream cheese soften on the counter, then mix in a combination of the following ingredients.  There's no specific ratio: just keep adding more until it tastes good!

- finely minced or microplane-grated garlic
- dijon or flavored mustard
- finely minced onions, chives, or scallions
- dash of Worchestershire sauce or soy sauce
- chopped fresh herbs
- smoked salmon
- mashed anchovy fillet
- grated parmesan cheese
- chili powder, smoked paprika, or other spices

- fruit jam
- honey
- citrus zest
- frozen & thawed berries, mashed
- cinnamon, allspice, or other spices
I <3 meat roll-ups! HAVE to make (will put on my to-do list) ;)
sunshiine2 years ago
Yum! They are so pretty too!
Wow. It looks good.
You know the 1st one on the left looks like it could be an eye, so I have to thank you for a new idea for Halloween snack! ;)
lemonie3 years ago
They do look good, but I can't really imagine corned-beef looking good on a plate (in any form).

canida (author)  lemonie3 years ago
Deli corned beef slices are quite regularly shaped, at least in the US, so work just as well as roast beef. I made some the other night for variety, and people didn't bat an eye.
Goodhart canida3 years ago
IIRC corned beef has a much higher sodium content, so if that is true, I'd have to stick with the roast beast, and if grass fed, I bet they would just melt in one's mouth.....oooo now I have to get some roast beast. ;-)
A woman at work has been told she has to stop eating crisps (potato-chips)

Yes, we have "low sodium" 'crisps'' here, some of them quite good actually although the baked ones are like crispy paper. IF I eat potato chips (even low sodium ones) I have to liimit myself to the "package's serving size" sadly. Yeah, low sodium diet, because of eminent kidney failure; especially if I continue overdosing on sodium; which I have been learning to reduce for about 3 years now. Pretzels are horrible sodium wise; and Campell's soups are absolutely vorbotën
Verboten; good word, it really sounds like "no".

Yeah, akin to "forbidden". That much sodium actually gives me a headache so I don't miss it :-)
painting1893 years ago
It seems very delicious,But will it can be eaten directly or it should be more other process
canida (author)  painting1893 years ago
Eat directly!
In the "ingredients" portion, the meats that are listed are cooked. I would assume this can be eaten as it is presented in the instructable.
Jayefuu3 years ago
These were delicious. :D
canida (author)  Jayefuu3 years ago
Should we make more? :)
Goodhart canida3 years ago
Not unless you can share with everyone LOL (they don't look very "mail-able" :-)
Nooo. Don't mail them, I'll just stand here and eat Goodhart's share.
Do you deliver ? LOL
bajablue3 years ago
Canida... do you ever feel like someone (a green-eyed monster) is watching you? ;-D
canida (author)  bajablue3 years ago
Heh heh. If I feed it, will it be friendly?

Also, your stuff is amazing. Your food sounds delicious, and the pictures are awesome. So it's mutual. :)