When I first announced that I was writing the cookbook 101 Things To Do With a Pickle, my dear sister sent me a wonderful recipe she’d gotten from her sister-in-law. These appetizers combine crispy, crunchy, tangy pickles with smooth cream cheese and savory pastrami. The combination is unbeatable, and they couldn’t be easier to make. Just start them a couple hours ahead of when you plan to serve them, so that the rolls can firm up before you slice them.
Pickle Pastrami Roll-Ups
8 slices deli pastrami (these are also good with sliced ham)
8 4-inch whole dill pickles
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
assorted crackers (optional)
Pat the pastrami and pickles dry with paper towels. Spread a thin layer of softened cream cheese on each pastrami slice. Place a pickle at one end and roll tightly like a jelly roll. Secure with toothpicks and refrigerate for 2 hours. Slice the rolls into 1-inch pieces and serve with crackers, if you like. Makes 32 appetizers.
You might also enjoy the recipe for Fried Pickles with Spicy Ranch Dip.
About Eliza Cross
Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites, 101 Things To Do With Bacon, and BERRIES. She enjoys sharing ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, and home projects. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.