Cream cheese wrapped in delicious salami, creating Salami Roll-Ups, is undoubtedly one of the best low-carb and keto snack recipes we’ve ever come across! Whether you’re grazing at a family holiday meal or enjoying a party, these delectable snacks can be made in advance and easily transported over long distances.
Salami & Cream Cheese Roll-Ups: A Delightful Combination
What makes hard salami stand out among cold meats is its packed flavor even in a single thin slice. We’ve experimented with wrapping salami around mozzarella cheese sticks and rolling it up with thin slices of provolone cheese. However, we recently discovered the delightful experience of spreading cream cheese over a slice of salami.
There’s something irresistibly fun about finger food served with a frilly toothpick that can be devoured in just a few bites. By spreading cream cheese inside each slice of salami or Dried Beef, you ensure that all the ingredients stick together when rolled. Additionally, folding the salami creates a neat and tidy presentation.
These roll-ups add a savory component to any appetizer table. Pair them with a Vegetable Tray, Cranberry and Jalapeno Salsa, Bell Pepper Dip, or Black Bean & Corn Dip for a tantalizingly diverse spread.
Our Recipe Inspiration
The idea for this recipe came from a 4-H contest I participated in many years ago. A fellow 4-H member made salami roll-ups and paired them with a sour cream and yogurt dip flavored with mustard and honey. While the combination sounded intriguing, after trying different variations, we concluded that the plain roll-up was superior in both taste and simplicity compared to the sauce-dipped alternative.
Using Spreadable Cream Cheese for Extra Convenience
Making these roll-ups is a breeze when you use spreadable cream cheese from a tub instead of the traditional block. The spreadable cream cheese allows easy incorporation of herbs, finely chopped onions, or other veggies. You can even use preflavored cream cheese with herbs already mixed in or add herbs to plain cream cheese before spreading.
One of the reasons our family loves these roll-ups for parties or holidays is their versatility. They can be kept chilled in the refrigerator and enjoyed as a delightful snack throughout the day.
Salami Roll-Ups or Fold-Ups: A Matter of Preference
When I first made these roll-ups, my 4-year-old daughter wanted to lend a hand. While I preferred the visually pleasing roll-ups, she opted for folding the salami slices and securing them with toothpicks. Some folds were more uniform than others, but they were all delicious!
The roll-ups are ideal for a two to three-bite snack, whereas the fold-ups can be consumed in one big, satisfying bite. Folding salami is a quicker process than rolling it. The most noticeable difference, though, lies in the presentation. Rolls can be neatly lined up and stacked in a uniform manner, while folded salami is typically served in a more random arrangement.
Both types of salami with cream cheese can last up to five days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
What Can You Add To Salami Roll-Ups?
We love serving salami and cream cheese roll-ups with crackers and baby pickles. However, you can enhance the flavor further by mixing various ingredients into the cream cheese before spreading it on the salami. Some suggestions include chopped chives, green onions, sliced pepperoncini peppers, pickles, sliced jalapeños, or mixing herbed or flavored cream cheese with regular cream cheese.
How to Make Low-Carb Salami Roll-Ups
Here’s a simple step-by-step guide to making these irresistible snacks:
- Allow the tub of spreadable cream cheese to soften at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
- Prepare a serving dish and set up your work station.
- Open the package of salami and work directly from the stack.
- Typically, a 6-ounce package contains around 20 slices of salami, while a 7-ounce package contains about 25 slices.
- Spread approximately 1 to 2 teaspoons of cream cheese on each slice of salami, ensuring an even layer that almost reaches the edges. Using more than two teaspoons of cream cheese may overpower the salami, so adjust the ratio to suit your taste.
- Roll or fold the salami as desired and secure with a toothpick.
- Store the roll-ups/fold-ups in an airtight bag or container in the refrigerator until you’re ready to indulge!
More Appetizer Ideas Using Deli Meats
If you’re a fan of finger foods and appetizers, we’ve got more delicious ideas for you:
- Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups
- Italian BMT Sliders
- Ham & Turkey Melt Sliders
- Air Fryer Pizza Sliders
- Roast Beef Sliders on Hawaiian Rolls
- Turkey, Cheddar & Bacon Sliders
- Ham & Cheese Sliders
Conclusion: A Printable Recipe for Low-Carb Salami Roll-Ups
We hope you enjoy making and savoring these delightful low-carb Salami Roll-Ups. They’re perfect for any occasion, from family gatherings to holiday parties. For a printable version of this recipe, visit Ratingperson. Originally published on December 24, 2020, with updates made on May 19, 2022.