Party Roll-ups: an American, an Englishman, and an Italian

"Cold cuts and cream cheese are a staple in our refrigerator, so when I'm not in the mood for bread, I like to make these "naked" sandwiches, which also make great appetizers. The possible combinations are endless, but these "gentlemen" are my favorites. You can also make these with a tortilla as the outside layer. Amounts are approximate (play around with it) and listed per roll-up."
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Ready In:
3 rollups


  • The American gobble gobble

  • 1 slice turkey breast
  • 12 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon cranberry sauce
  • The Englishman have you any tea

  • 1 slice ham
  • 12 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon apricot jam
  • The Italian mouth too full to talk

  • 1 slice salami
  • 12 teaspoon cream cheese
  • 14 teaspoon minced olives or 1/4 teaspoon pepperoncini pepper


  • For each roll-up, spread the cream cheese as evenly as possible across the slice of meat (but don't be anal about it if it glops up a bit--room temperature cream cheese is ideal).
  • Then spread or sprinkle the other filling on top.
  • Roll it up.
  • Make as many as you want.
  • Eat or serve as is or cut on the horizontal into pinwheels (not recommended for the salami unless you've got a tortilla on the outside).
  • Optional: garnish with toothpicks securing a cranberry for each American, a dried apricot for each Englishman, and an olive for each Italian.
  • Feel free to add additional seasonings: some like the American with a little mayo in it, some like the Englishman with a touch of dijon mustard, and some like the Italian with garlic powder (or an herbed cream cheese)-- horseradish might go in there somewhere!

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  1. Starrynews
    Fun and delicious! I have frequently made salami with cream cheese, so the fun twists and variety of this combo was a delightful addition to our appetizer table. I used homemade cranberry sauce in the American and the option of the pepperoncini pepper for the Italian. We loved the flavors. Thanks for sharing! PARTY '10
  2. Chef Buggsy Mate
    Loved these...made them for our non traditional Christmas dinner of Finger Foods and appetizers. I only made one change and that is I ended up with 2 just happened to be Hawaiian. I didn't realize until this morning that someone put the jar of apricot fruit spread back in the fridge with just a dab of jam on the bottom of the jar, so I ended up stirring a bit of well drained crushed pineapple into my cream cheese to top the ham with. Still very tasty. I will be making a repeat party tray with the Hawaiian and the Englishman for our Church's New Years Eve game and fellowship all-nighter! Thanks for posting this wonderful group of recipes.
  3. Lori Bailey
    These are soooo good! I brought these to a party and everyone wanted to know how I made these. There are so many possibilities. Thanks so much Picholine for sharing these.



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