For appetizers at your next get together, these cream cheese roll-ups seem to fit the bill quite well. The cream cheese marries nicely with the green onion and olive flavors, making the snack a favorite of anyone who has tried these tasty pre-dinner munchies. This recipe makes about 15 roll-ups.
1 package (8 oz) of cream cheese (softened to room temperature)
2 green onion stalks
1 small can of diced olives
2 packages wafer thin lunch meat, any type
Cream cheese roll-ups
Whip the cream cheese with a mixer until it is soft and smooth. Dice the green onion stalks into tiny pieces and add them to the cream cheese. Mix until blended.
Add the can of diced olives. Stir until the olives, onions and cream cheese are blended well.
Open the packages of lunch meat. Laying out one piece of lunch meat at a time, flatten the meat on the counter or on a cutting board.
With a teaspoon, place the cream cheese mixture on one end of the meat. Do not add too much cream cheese mixture or it will overpower the flavor of the blend of ingredients.
Roll up each piece of lunch meat to form a long roll. Continue until all the pieces of lunch meat are used.
The cream cheese roll-up recipe gives a small group an appetizer that will disappear quickly. Each time I have served these, I have been asked to make more. Take this into consideration when you are deciding how many to make. You may have to double or triple the recipe to ensure there are enough to give each guest at least two or three.
For an appetizer that is lower in fat, use the low-fat cream cheese and lunch meat. The olives can be exchanged for pieces of spinach. The recipe can easily be adjusted for any diet.
After serving up the cream cheese roll-ups, a good palate cleanser is lemon water. This drink will leave the palate clean and clear for the amazing meal you have prepared.
Have water available or serve club soda. Slice up a lemon or two and lay them out nicely on a platter. Have ice in a nice bowl or serve ice water in a carafe. Drop a few splashes of lemon juice into the water or club soda and pour into glasses. Place a lemon slice into the ice water or soda and serve. Limes can be used in place of lemons. Add a sprig of mint to refresh the mouths of your guests and prepare them for a wonderful meal. The mint and lemon awakens the taste buds and is a great drink to serve on a warm day. It also helps freshen the breath and get the juices "flowing" in the digestive system.
The tangy freshness of the lemon cleanses the palate and leaves the mouth fresh for the following meal. Guests can enjoy your meal and appreciate all of the fresh spices, herbs and ingredients in the entree.