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Easy Low-Carb Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites (Video)

Easy Low-Carb Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites, are a tasty nibble that have been showing up at parties and holiday dinners in my family for years now! And if you want something healthy to nibble on while they turkey cooks, these low-carb appetizer bites are also Keto, low-glycemic, gluten-free, and can be South Beach Diet friendly. Use Thanksgiving Recipes for more holiday appetizer ideas.

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Easy Low-Carb Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites found on KalynsKitchen.com

It was my sister Pam who introduced our family to these Easy Low-Carb Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites and since then they’ve made an appearance at nearly every family holiday celebration and have become a popular recipe on Kalyn’s Kitchen, thanks Pam! And these tasty appetizer bites with ham, cream cheese, and pickles are also a tasty option if you’re looking for something that’s a bit lighter for game-day fare. My sister Pam first had ham and dill pickle bites as a store sample, and now in my family even the non dieters will chow down on them for Super Bowl party food or an appetizer before a holiday meal.

If you’d like to make these dairy-free and even lower in calories, you can skip the cream cheese.  Through the years lots of other variations have popped into my head, so check after the main recipe for more options  And apparently there are endless ideas for similar little appetizer bites like this; check the comments to see what other readers have suggested. And if your family has a fun version of this, please share that in a comment as well!

Easy Low-Carb Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites found on KalynsKitchen.com

Start by cutting the dill pickles lengthwise into fourths or sixths, depending on how big the pickles are. I had baby dills, so I bought smaller slices of ham so match the size of the pickles. If I was using my favorite dill pickles, I’d just cut them in crosswise slices. The only part of this recipe that’s remotely labor-intensive is spreading the cream cheese on the ham, and if you let it sit out and get soft it’s pretty easy. Spread lightly or the extra will seep out when you cut the ham!

Put a dill pickle spear on each ham slice, preparing to roll them up. (If the ham was a lot wider than the pickle spear, I’d trim it before I rolled it up.) Roll the ham slice around the pickle spear. Then put toothpicks in each roll, aligning them where you want to cut the ham. (With bigger ham slices you can get up to 5 of these from a piece of ham, but with the smaller ham I only cut 3.)

Cut the rolls so each piece has a toothpick in it, arrange on a plate, and serve. You can also make them without cream cheese if you have guests who can’t do dairy or you want to reduce the calories even more.

Easy Recipe for Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites found on KalynsKitchen.com

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Easy Low-Carb Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites

These Easy Low-Carb Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites are made with ham slices spread with cream cheese and then wrapped around a sliver of dill pickle! And the variations are endless!

Ingredients:

  • dill pickles
  • thin deli ham slices
  • cream cheese (or use whipped cream cheese if you prefer)

Directions:

  1. Let the cream cheese sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before you make these.
  2. Cut dill pickles lengthwise into fourths or sixths, depending on how thick the pickles are.  You need as many cut pickle spears as you have ham slices.
  3. Spread each slice of ham with a very thin layer of cream cheese.  (I used about 1 tsp. cream cheese on each ham slice. The ham doesn’t need to be completely covered with cream cheese.)
  4. Put a dill pickle on the edge of each ham slice and trim the ham if it’s very much bigger than the dill pickle spear.  Roll up the ham around the dill pickle, then place toothpicks where you want each piece to be cut.  Cut into pieces so that each piece has a toothpick.
  5. Arrange on plate and serve.

Notes:

Other Ideas That Might be Fun:
-You can make dairy-free Ham and Dill Pickle Bites by omitting the cream cheese.
-For a spicier appetizer, mix some Green Tabasco Sauce into the cream cheese.
-For a sweeter flavor combination, try some Sugar Free Apricot Preserves or cranberry sauce mixed into the cream cheese.
-Try a flavored cream cheese (like pineapple) for a different twist.
-If you like mustard, try a very thin swipe of mustard on top of the cream cheese.
-Serve the Ham and Dill Pickle bites with a mayo-mustard dipping sauce.

This recipe came from my sister Pam, who first tasted these as a store sample.Check the comments for many more great ideas for these! I love the way this recipe seems to have inspired creative cooks.

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Easy Recipe for Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites found on KalynsKitchen.com

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
When made with lean ham and reduced-fat cream cheese, Easy Low-Carb Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites are great for any phase of the  South Beach Diet.  With higher-fat dairy, these are suitable for most other low-carb eating plans, including Keto.

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117 comments on “Easy Low-Carb Ham and Dill Pickle Appetizer Bites (Video)”

  1. I can eat peanut butter on anything, so I'm sure I'd like it!

  2. Try with peanut butter…YUM!

  3. Deborah, we love them in my family too.

  4. My mom has been making these for years and they are AWESOME!! We've also done them with green onions – they are a great party snack!

  5. Luci, that sounds good to me!

  6. I've done something similar with turkey, cream cheee, and green chiles. Yuuuummmmmyyyy!

  7. Vera you need to be sure to use Dill pickles (not sweet pickles.) Check the label for the amount of carbs (or sugars, but the one I have doesn't even have sugars listed on the label.) My pickles have sugar listed (way down the list as an ingredient in the brine,) but the amount of carbs in the pickles is 0 gr.

  8. Don't pickles have added sugar usually? This would make them a "no" for the phase one. Vera

  9. Thanks Misti. That type of "imitation cream cheese" is sold near the real cream cheese in most store, it's called something like Neufschatel (sic?) The South Beach Diet Good Fats Good Carbs guide (tiny little book) lists fat free and low fat cream cheese both as "Good" so I am going by that. I don't eat a lot of it, so I'm not worried.

  10. love your site..just have a question about all the recipes with cream cheese-the South Beach site says cream cheese substitute, dairy-free….WHAT is that?? and do you stick to that part??

  11. Oh I love the idea of adding a bit of Ranch Dressing flavor to the cream cheese!

  12. I mix powdered ranch dressing into the cream cheese before spreading onto the dried beef or ham…really yummy! We're inclucing all kinds of variations of this on our fruit/vegie/chip and dip bar for my daughters high school graduation reception. Love all of these great ideas…thanks!

  13. Thanks for all the nice comments about this. Looks like I got distracted from replying to the last few comments, but I do read them all.

    Erica, love the idea of using that type of cheese for this.

  14. YUM! I think I will make this using Boursin or Rondele light garlic-herb cheese. I have some at home right now!

  15. Nice game day snack! I can never get enough pickles.

  16. They're adorable!!! And it's such a great idea! 🙂

  17. HA! White trash sushi! I'm rolling! These are great ideas and once again Kalyn you've got everyone thinking healthy! Thanks so much for a great blog!

  18. I love these! I've usually made them as dried beef rolls (using dry beef instead of ham) which are pretty salty. Ham would be super yum. I've put pickles and green onions in the center and both work well. I also love to spice up the cream cheese, especially with lots of garlic and worscheshire.

  19. I guess I am not very PC because I love the name White Trash Sushi for this! How fun, I will have to share with my sister Pam.

    And love the variation of using dill pickle relish mixed into the cream cheese too. So many good ideas.

  20. Delightul, eay yet tasty appetizers!!

    MMMMMM,..;Kalyn!

  21. I make these except I mix dill relish with whipped cream cheese and just keep it in a container in my refrigerator. It is easy to just make up one or two for a snack or a few more for lunch. Yum!

  22. Sorry, I know this is not politically correct, but where I come from, we call this white trash sushi.

    And, yes, I love it!

  23. Jeanette, isn't it fun to see all the creativity around this simple idea? And perfect for gluten free!

  24. I love all the variations that people are coming up with. Since I have a gluten-free kid now, I think I will try some variation of these cute roll-ups this Sunday.

  25. Tina, glad to hear it! I'm not sure I have even had serrano ham, but it sounds lovely with ham and canteloupe!

  26. Kalyn, your blog makes me so hungry everytime I visit!! 🙂 Have you tried these with Serrano ham? My dad used to make us nibbles similar to this before dinner sometimes, but with Serrano ham and cataloupe pieces in the middle. Lovely!

  27. Great idea for a light appetizer! Will keep these in mind, maybe I'll make a small batch for me and hubby on Sunday…

    it's not easy to find a light appetizer that packs a lot of flavor, this seem to be it.

    Thanks, Kalyn… have a great weekend!

  28. Oh yes, I would love this with scallions. (I use them in everything!)

  29. This sounds yummy–I love pickles. I make similar hors d'ouevres, but with scallions in place of the pickles.

  30. Sheila, not sure who you're directing that question to, but if you're eating something like this for South Beach, it would be phase two with the pineapple or light pineapple cream cheese. South Beach doesn't limit serving sizes for most foods, but cream cheese and ham are both fairly calorie dense, and the pickles are high in salt, so I'd keep that in mind and eat a moderate amount. (Still better than fried chips or a lot of other things you could be eating at a Superbowl party!)

  31. Hi Alison, this looks tasty! I agree with you that it would be lovely with pineapples. Could you recommend how much serving should each person eat?

  32. Ah, Susie that sounds tasty and adds a different twist to it.

  33. Ah those bring back memories from the early 80's!

    Here are two other morsels I used to make these with-pickled onions and pineapple chunks. For both, instead of wrapping the "morsel" inside, spread the cream cheese on the ham, fold up, cut, spear the morsel on the toothpick followed by the ham (so the morsel sits on top of the ham). I have some upcoming opportunities to make these-thanks for the reminder!

  34. [Smacking forehead here!] Now why didn't I think of using Laughing Cow for this; great idea!

  35. Why not use the low fat flavored laughing cow wedges that you love?

  36. Mel I love those ideas, especially the pickled green beans!

  37. Pickled green beans, celery stalks, homemade pimento cheese instead of cream cheese are all tasty options. Mel

  38. I am loving the variations. Both salami + peperoncini and the idea of okra instead of pickles sound great to me!

  39. Had these at a Christmas party made with pickled okra.Really good and looks pretty sliced with the design inside of the okra.

  40. I don't know why, but we have always called these "Monkey Pods." Definitely a crowd pleaser. Another variation is with hard salami and a pepperoncini pepper. Mmmm.

  41. Corned beef would be great! Maybe with mustard too.

  42. We call these "picklewiches" and use corned beef instead of ham. I usually leave the pickles whole – I'll have to try them quartered.

  43. These little gems look really good. So easy to make too! I'm going to try them using Bubbies dill pickles. They're my favorite store bought brand! Thanks Kalyn…

  44. Jane, we must have been writing comments at the same time! I think smoked turkey would be great for this as well.

  45. Alison, I think that would be fabulous with pineapple in the center!

  46. Perfect for a lo-carb appetizer. I have smoked pepper turkey in my fridge, will try dill pickes with it for our superbowl snacks!

  47. Your idea of mixing pineapple into the cream cheese made me think of using pineapple chunks in the middle instead of dill pickle (with the cream cheese and ham wrapped around it). And if you get your pineapple pre-cored, it would be super easy. Yum!

  48. I'm so excited that people are sharing other ways to make these. I love both of these ideas.

  49. My family does these with green onions for every family function. We call them Polish Roses. Yum!

  50. We do these wraps using the extra large stuffed olives, boiled ham, cream cheese mixed with minced onion, worchestershire sauce & hot sauce. Very yummy!

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