My son brought home friends after school and they were hungry. Ravenous. Like Mother Hubbard, my cupboards were a bit bare; none of the usual snacks with teenage appeal were available. What to do? I needed to come up with something fast to keep them happy!
There are a multitude of recipes available for making tortilla rollups or “pinwheel” snacks. I came up with an ultra-easy version today, based on the ingredients in my fridge and my need for speed. The end result – a satisfying, appealingly attractive and healthy snack!
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1/2 lb. ham, very thinly sliced
- 6 soft flour tortillas, 6-inch diameter
- 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning ( I used Safeway Brand, found in the Spice aisle)
*Different seasoning, meat or larger tortillas could all be substituted for equally good results. The quantities I have suggested made about 2-dozen pieces.
- Soften cream cheese in microwave for 15-20 seconds, until spreadable.
- Add Italian seasoning into cream cheese, mix well.
- Place tortilla on a clean cutting surface and spread it with about 1-2 tablespoons of cream cheese, covering entire surface.
- Add a few ham slices, arranging them to cover the surface in 1 layer of thickness.
- Spread a very thin layer of cream cheese over the top of the ham
- Roll up the tortilla, being careful it doesn’t begin to buckle; press lightly so it seals.
- Cut into bite sized pieces and arrange these, cut side up, on a plate.
- Cover and refrigerate until eaten.
These took me only about five minutes to make. Using an offset spatula really makes it easy to spread the cream cheese. Whenever I cut any sort of “roll-ups” into bites, I am never pleased with how the end pieces look. Rather than discard them, this time I was sure to just cut off a minimal amount from each end, and they became MY snack.
Give this a try next time your kids want a snack – you may even get a “thank you.” I did!
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