Recipe: Quick and Dirty! Deli Meat Roll-ups

What’s a sandwich without bread? Knock, knock. Who’s there? Couldya. Couldya who? Couldya please finish this joke for me, I don’t have a punchline.

*Ahem* Who needs bread getting in the way of all the yummy stuff anyway? These little rolls are packed with all the flavor of a sandwich or wrap, but without the cardboard. I whipped these up the other day as a quick lunch for my husband and me. There were two different versions that day, and I’ll provide both here. The formula is the same: Tasty slice of meat, sauce/spread to act as glue, greens, and sliced/chopped veggies. So go wild with those basics and see what combinations you come up with. These make a great lunch, appetizer, snack, or party tray.

Deli Meat Roll-ups 

Beware overstuffing.

Version A:

3 slices roast beef or uncured pastrami

3 Tbsp. cream cheese, divided

1/4 red onion, diced small

3 cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered

handful of microgreens

— Lay meat out on a cutting board and spread 1 Tbsp. of cream cheese on each slice. Divide onion evenly over slices, then put four pieces of tomato on each. Sprinkle greens over and ROLL! Enjoy.

Version B:

3 slices roast beef or uncured pastrami

3 Tbsp. mayonnaise

couple squirts of mustard (preferably something interesting like Dijon or stoneground)

6 small, thin slices of cheddar

handful finely shredded lettuce

— Lay meat on cutting board and spread 1 Tbsp. mayo on each slice. Squirt mustard away to your heart’s content on top. Spread it around if you’re feeling fancy. Place 2 cheese slices on top of each meat slice, top with lettuce and ROLL! Enjoy.


3 Responses to “Recipe: Quick and Dirty! Deli Meat Roll-ups”

  1. What is your favorite brand(s) of lunchmeat to use? Do you get yours at the deli.

    • I’ve used Niman Ranch and Applegate Farm, though be sure and read your labels. There’s often sugar and other stuff in there. I make my own roast beef from a local bison tri-tip roast. I’d be a little wary of getting it at the deli counter unless you’re sure of the source.

  2. Another option is cream cheese & garlic. Either finely mince garlic & mix with the cream cheese then spread over roast beef & roll up OR you can spread cream cheese over the roast beef & sprinkle with a very small amount of garlic powder.

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