Tuesday, September 9, 2014

A Super Easy Snack: Tortilla Rollups

The perfect nibble for after school, a play date or a grown-up party

Any parent of teenagers knows how hard it is to keep up with stocking the pantry and the fridge. One day, my son brought home friends after school and they were all hungry. Ravenous. Like Mother Hubbard though, my cupboards were a bit bare; none of the usual snacks with teenage appeal were available. What to do? I wanted 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 that day, inspired by the ingredients in my fridge and my need for speed. The end result - a satisfying, appealingly attractive and healthy snack!

Cream Cheese and Ham Tortilla Roll-Ups


*Different seasoning, meat or larger tortillas could all be substituted for equally tasty results. The quantities I have suggested made about 2-dozen pieces.  

Feel free to substitute other favorite sandwich meat, cheeses or spices.


  • 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 coat it with about 1 or 2 tablespoons of cream cheese, covering entire surface. Using an offset spatula really makes it easy to spread the cream cheese. 
  • 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 only took me about five minutes to make. 

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 are hungry - you may even get a "thank you." I did!

Do your kids have a favorite snack?

Note: I previously had a version of this post published by Yahoo Contributor Network. On April 8, 2014, in a post on this blog I provided a link to that article.  Unfortunately, much of the YCN content that was published no longer exists on the Internet, but full rights were returned to the authors - so I thought I would republish the full recipe here today. 

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  1. These look really good, and are a perfect snack for hungry teenage boys. Thanks for sharing!

    1. We can never have enough snacks for those hungry teens!

  2. What a terrific idea. I can think of all kinds of addition for this snack. Perfect fot an afternoon baby shower!

    1. They would be nice for a baby shower! When is it, Rena?

    2. It's going to be Oct.25th back in our hometown in KY. We didn't move here in 2011 and she didn't until the end of 2012. Everybody we know is back there.

    3. How fun! Best wishes to her - hope the rest of her pregnancy is comfortable and goes smoothly!

  3. Would you like my roll up snack.......spread with peanut butter, drizzle with honey, shake any ground or sliced nuts on top along with chocolate or butterscotch chips (or both) and raisens. Roll, slice and try not to eat too many of them.

    1. Oh - it is taking everything in me to not get up and try to make your recipe right now. Sounds yummy! Except I would add dried cranberries instead of raisins, just because I like them better :)

  4. Quick as they were to make, I suspect they were inhaled nearly as fast. And appreciated.

  5. I love these! Thanks for linking up with Turn It Up Tuesday!

  6. Lovely recipe, thanks so much for sharing it this week at Foodie Fridays. Pinned!

    1. Hi +ShariEckstrom. Thanks for visiting my blog. Foodie Fridays is a wonderful linkup, and I am happy to have found it - and your blog!


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