I'm really not sure where this pickle appetizer recipe originated, but these dried beef pickle roll-ups have been a holiday appetizer staple for our family since before I could walk (and probably long before that).
Newcomers to our holiday gathering always have the same reaction to this pickle appetizer -- probably the exact reaction most of you are having right now. First they ask, "What in the world ARE those things?" And so someone enlightens them, telling them to try them because they will rock their world. The newcomer usually looks a bit skeptical at this point and is about to pass them by, but generally with a little prodding, they will decide to give them a try.
It's always fun to watch their reaction at this point. Wrinkling up their nose, they'll take a tiny bite... And then this look of amazement spreads across their face, and just like that, they're a convert for life. Who knew something so simple and unexpected could taste SO good?
And by simple I mean only three ingredients -- whole dill pickles, cream cheese, and dried beef. Did I mention they're pretty inexpensive to make, as well?
You start by slicing a block of cream cheese into eight pieces. Easy enough, right?
Now things are going to get a tad messy... You'll sandwich a whole dill pickle between two slices of the cream cheese, and then press and roll the whole thing between your hands to encase the pickle in the cream cheese.
Finally, you'll take two slices of dried beef and wrap them around the whole thing. I use a smear of the extra cream cheese left on the wrapper to "glue" the dried beef together where the slices overlap.
Refrigerate the pickle roll-ups to firm up the cream cheese and then slice into medallions right before serving. I find that using an electric knife works best for slicing them up without mangling them. I have this basic electric knife from Black & Decker that I picked up at Walmart. You can't go wrong for a low $9.99!
Give this pickle appetizer a chance -- I really think you'll love them too! Just sayin', these pickle roll-ups would make a fantastically easy New Year's Eve appetizer...