March 28, 2011


Posted by Ethne~

It shocks me as I just now realize that I have not yet told you about the cooking genius that is my Aunt Pam (Thrifty Nana’s sister).  Aunt Pam makes the best food ever – and let’s be clear that there are lots of good cooks in my family.  Aunt Pam is passionate about food; I am passionate about eating food.



Thrifty Nana (my mom) & Aunt Pam (TN's sister)

One of Aunt Pam’s specialties: wedding cakes!  I know, how lucky are we, right?  To this day Aunt Pam is disgruntled that my friend, Steph (Special Guest), wasn’t able to have hummingbird cake (her specialty and our favorite) (no hummingbirds are harmed in the making of the cake) at her wedding.

Today, it’s all about Aunt Pam’s ham dip.  The dip is so simple you might think I am insulting your intelligence by offering the recipe up as its own post.  Don’t get caught up in trivialities, my friends.

Do you know what I am referring to when I talk about pickle roll-ups?  Maybe it’s a ND/MN thing, maybe not – I’ve never thought to ask – but it’s a small dill pickle, rolled up with cream cheese in a thin slice of ham deli meat.  Some people leave them as little roll-up logs, some people cut the logs into slices.  Whatever, they’re dalish.  This is a little like that.  (Pretty sure you just got a 2-for-1 post with this extra recipe – you’re welcome.)

What you’ll need:

2 blocks of cream cheese or neufatchel cheese (neufatchel is fat free cream cheese, and I think it works fine here), room temperature
1 clump of green onions
1 package of thin-sliced ham deli meat

Step 1: Wash and thinly slice the whole clump of green onions.  There will be a lot, and that’s fine.

Green goddess

Step 2: Julienne slice (cut into thin strips) the package of deli ham.


Step 3: Stir the ham and green onions into the cream cheese until well blended.

Shaun ate it in two sittings; I helped :)

Serve room temperature or chilled.  I like it best with Wheat Thin crackers.  It’s a thicker consistency, and the Wheat Thins hold up well.  Crackers are really a means to an end, though.  If you are watching your carbs, you can scoop the dip with veggies too.

Store in a covered container in the fridge – it will last several days if kept refrigerated.  It will probably not take that long to eat it.

I am drooling, right here and now.


Katie said...

Yummy! I'll totally give this a try. You can link up today for Hunk of Meat Mondays with this recipe if you'd like. Instructions on my blog at
Katie on the ND prairie

WOM-MOMS said...


thanks for the tip...we are now followers of your blog and I "think" it worked. Let me know if it didn't please!

On another note...I have had this dip before, but with pickles in the dip. That is also a great addition to ham dip as well! YUMMY!

Leah Beyer said...

This dip looks awesome. And the pickle addition sound equally as yummy! Thank for linking up to Hunk of Meat Monday!

Cre8tive Randoms said...

I'm not sure where the pickle foll-up started but I am from MO and my grandparents always fixed the pickles..they are delish. Anyways, I now live in AL and NO ONE has ever heard of the pickle roll-ups and most will not even try it :)

WOM-MOMS said...

I know - people are totally missing OUT! Lori would say the same about pickled herring, but that's something you have to have from infanthood or it'll never happen. Anyway, when I lived in UT as a kid, we had the roll-ups without pickle in them. Also TASTY!

Kendra said...

Sounds wonderful! I never thought of this as a dip! Do you think this could be baked inside of crescent rolls from a tube, as a filling? I make something similar with chicken instead of ham!

Unknown said...

This calls for 1 package ham. My supermarket had a 9 oz. package and a 2lb. package. Can you tell me how much to use? Thanks!

WOM-MOMS said...

You can do anything. The 9 oz. with 1 block of cream cheese. Use 2 blocks of cr cheese with the 2 lb pack of ham.

Brandi said...

I'm an Oklahoma girl and we eat the ham/pickle roll ups here! I also make this ham dip, but I add some dashes of Worcestershire sauce. It gives it some zing!

Wom-Moms said...

I saw a pic of this dip (not ours- boo) on Pinterest and it had been rolled into a ball and coated with crushed nuts like a cheeseball. I thought it was a good idea to share with y'all. And good idea on the Worchestershire, Brandi. ~Ethne

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Chele said...

I first discovered the pickle roll-ups in an Atkins's diet book. It was listed as a breakfast or something. They are so good. I definitely plan to try your ham dip!