Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Ham Rolls!!


Remember when I thought my March Madness Bracket Challenge went down in flames? Turns out I won the whole thing! Even though I bombed out on some of the matches, I stayed alive in the points and wound up with the correct Final Four, the championship matchup and the winner. Sweet! So now with that over, we turn our attention to the new baseball season, along with the upcoming hockey and basketball playoffs. Since our hockey team made the Playoffs, a bunch of us will definitely be getting together for those games. Naturally I'll want to whip up something yummy and fun for the gang, so I'm going retro with this one:  Ham Rolls!

When I was a kid and company came over, one of the appetizers my mom used to make were ham rolls stuffed with cream cheese. It was one of her go-to dishes. We loved them. There was something about that combo of cream cheese and ham that was irresistable. Now that I'm a big kid, I decided to ramp my version up a bit, so I made the filling with cream cheese, goat cheese, fresh chives and a little ground white pepper. This takes literally minutes to prepare. The goat cheese adds a subtle bite to the cream cheese, while the chives give the filling a delicate onion flavor. You can prepare these ahead and fridge them until the gang comes over.

Ham Rolls
(serves 4)                                              

1/2 lb sliced ham (not too thin)
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
4 oz package goat cheese, softened
2 tbs minced fresh chives
Pinch of ground white pepper


Mix the cream cheese, goat cheese, chives and white pepper together. Spread 1 tbs of the cheese mixture along the edge of a slice of the ham. Roll the ham and slice into 3 pieces. Repeat with the remaining ham and cheese mixture.

And that's it! You can't get much easier than that for a munchie your friends and family will be raving about for years  -  or at least until the Playoffs are over!

Good luck to your hockey and basketball teams going into the Playoffs and hope your baseball teams have good seasons!

I'll see you back here next week for more gameday inspiration!

Keep homegating!

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