So you are about to have some guest over for a wonderful dinner you just prepared and would like to have some appetizers out to get them ready for the main dish. What could possibly make for appetizers that would serve many people but will also not take too long to prepare? If you are looking to have some friends over and would like to have some mouth watering appetizers look no further than ham wrapped pickles.
A Brief History
Considered by many in the Midwest to be the American version of sushi, these appetizers are incredibly easy to prepare along with being very tasty. In the state of Iowa,pickle wraps are considered by many to be the states favor appetizers. And why not? These appetizers are incredibly easy to prepare and they are extremely delicious. So why not try your hand at a pickle wrap? Your taste buds will surely thank you.
To prepare this appetizer the ingredients that you will need are:
- Half a pound of sliced deli ham. For some individuals, they will prefer to have salami or beef.
- 1 package of cream cheese.
- 4 large kosher dill pickles which will be whole.
With these ingredients you will be able to serve from 6 to 8 people and will be able to yield about 25 -30 ham wrapped pickles.
Now to get started on preparing this appetizer. You will need to dry the dill pickles by putting them down with a paper towel. Next, you will need to take 2 – 3 pieces of meat (the amount of meat needed will be determined by how big the dill pickles are). After you have gotten the meat you will have to place them on a cutting board. After you have placed the ham (or any other substituted meat) on the board grab the cream cheese and spread across the ham.
Remember while spreading the cream cheese over the ham that you add an adequate amount across the meat, as too much or too little will drastically take affect the taste.
Lastly, place the dill pickle on the ham and the cream cheese and slowly wrap the ham around the pickle. Chill the appetizer of about an hour, then take them out of the refrigerator and slice the ham wrapped pickle into pieces. Lay the sliced pieces on a flat tray or plate.
The Nutritional value of one serving of the ham wrapped pickle in terms of calories will be about 131.2. This is not too high in the calorie range and allows for moderate consumption before getting to the main course. So those who are worried about their waistlines need not worry with these appetizers.
Spice up your Ham pickle wrap recipe
- 1 jar of dill pickles
- 1 package of softened and divided cream cheese
- A pinch of garlic powder
- A pound of sliced honey cooked ham
- 6 inches of flour tortillas
For this ingredient mix the cream cheese with the garlic powder. Next spread the cream cheese across the tortilla. After that place a slice of ham over the cream cheese. Spread an additional cream cheese over the ham. Grab yourself a pickle and roll it up in the tortilla. Cover the roll up with maybe some plastic wrap and place the wraps in the refrigerator to chill. Remove the wraps after abut an hour and slice the wraps. After slicing them into pieces lay the pieces on a flat tray or plate and then serve them to your friends or guest.
Alternatives to Ham Wrapped Pickles
Ham pickle wraps are extremely delicious and many people tend to make many of their pickle wraps with ham in the ingredient. However, there are some individuals who are not able to eat ham and as a result, we offer these alternatives that are just as equally delicious, if not better.
Dried beef pickle dip
- 1 pack of dried beef that is finely chopped
- A pack of regular cream cheese or if you are health conscious reduced fat cream cheese
- A half reduced the sour cream
- 2 tablespoons of chopped green onions
- A cup of chopped dill pickles
- A quarter teaspoon pepper
Soften the cream cheese and then combine it with the other ingredients. Repeat the same preparation models as before.
If you are looking to create an appetizer that is easy and will also satisfy your friends or guest look no further than wrapped pickles. They are a low-calorie appetizer along with being a very delicious one as well.