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Just three ingredients are needed for these simple yet absolutely delicious Pickle Roll Ups! They’re a staple here in the midwest and for good reason!!

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Pickle wraps on a white plate with a wooden cutting board in the background.

There are so many different names for these tasty little bites – Pickle Roll-Ups, Pickle Wraps, Pickle Dogs, Minnesota Sushi, Ham Pickle Rollups….the list goes on.  If you’re from the Midwest, these Pickle Roll Ups are very familiar to you!  And if you’re not, well…..let’s get you caught up!

Sliced pickle wraps on a wooden cutting board.

What I Love About Pickle Roll Ups

  • Simple Ingredients – Just three ingredients and they’re all ingredients easy to find at even the smallest grocery stores.
  • Low Carb – If you’re looking for a low carb recipe, these are the perfect appetizer for you!
  • Perfect Make Ahead Appetizer – I love that you can make these ahead of time, then slice and serve when ready to enjoy!
  • Great for Any Occasion – We bring these to football tailgates, family get-togethers, potlucks, etc. and always come home with an empty container!
  • Customizable – I prefer these made with deli ham slices, but you can opt to use beef as well!  
Ingredients needed to make Pickle wraps on a white background - Dill pickles, a block of cream cheese and slices of ham and/or dried beef.

Ingredients Needed

  • Dill Pickles – You’ll need whole pickles for this recipe.
  • Deli Meat – There are a few different options for meats.  You can use deli-sliced roast beef, slices of deli ham, corned beef…whatever you prefer!
  • Cream Cheese – I use a block of cream cheese.  You can use full fat cream cheese or opt for a reduced-fat cream cheese (though I don’t recommend the fat free version).  

How to Make Pickle Roll Ups

​Before you begin, make sure your cream cheese is softened (makes for much easier spreading!) and the pickles are out of the pickle juice drying off a bit.

Three slices of ham on a cutting board.

Now, you’ll place a few slices of ham or dried beef (or one large slice of ham) on a cutting board.

Cream cheese spread over three slices of ham on a cutting board.

Use a butter knife to spread the softened cream cheese over the meat.

Cream cheese spread over three slices of ham on a cutting board with a whole dill pickle on one end.

Next, place a pickle on one end and roll it up nice and tight.  You can cut into these now, but I find that they’re much easier to cut after they’ve had time to chill in the fridge.

Pickle wraps before being sliced.

​Tightly cover the pickles with plastic wrap or place them in an airtight container.  Refrigerate for a couple hours.

A pickle roll-up being sliced on a wooden cutting board.

Use a sharp knife to cut them into slices and serve!

Spice ‘Em Up!

If you’re looking for a little heat in these pickle roll ups, simply mix up a yummy cream cheese spread.  Stir together the softened cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of ranch seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper.

An overhead shot of pickle roll ups on a round white plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How far in advance can I make Pickle Roll Ups?

You can make them up to 24 hours in advance.  I recommend making them, letting them chill in the fridge for a couple hours, then slicing and serving!

Are pickle roll ups a Midwest thing?

Yes!  There are many different names for these pickle appetizers, but they’re most commonly made in the Midwest.

What kind of pickles should I use for Pickle Wraps?

​I recommend using dill pickles.  The tangy pickles pair perfectly with the rich, smooth cream cheese!

A hand holding a pickle wrap.

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Pickle Roll Ups

Author: Kelsey
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
10 servings
Just three ingredients are needed for these simple yet absolutely delicious Pickle Roll Ups! They're a staple here in the midwest for good reason!!


  • 8 whole dill pickles
  • 6 ounces ham or dried beef
  • One 8 ounce package cream cheese softened


  • Remove 8 pickles from the jar and place them on a paper towel to dry off a bit; set aside.
    8 whole dill pickles
  • Place three or four slices of ham or dried beef on a cutting board (see photos above for reference).
    6 ounces ham or dried beef
  • Spread 1 ounce of cream cheese over the meat with a butter knife.
    One 8 ounce package cream cheese
  • Grab a pickle, place it on one end of the cream cheese-covered meat and roll it up tightly.
  • Repeat with the remaining pickles.
  • Refrigerate for at least two hours; cut into slices and serve!


Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.2g | Protein: 4.3g | Fat: 9.3g | Saturated Fat: 4.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.8g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 307mg | Potassium: 93mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 1.2g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 0.2mg
“Dance Around the Kitchen” is not a dietitian or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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