Tortilla Roll Ups – The Perfect Appetizer

IMG_7747Do you need a quick appetizer to bring to a holiday party? Need something to feed those early guests when dinner is still hours away? These Tortilla Roll Ups are so simple to make and you can make them with whatever flavors you fancy. I made half of the roll ups with an Italian flare and the other half were a little southwest flavor. I chose the Spinach and Herb Tortillas from Mission so I could form mine into a festive wreath to take to a holiday party. You could choose any flavor tortilla you like. I’ve made these in the summer and brought them to a Music in the Park picnic and they were a hit. So make them for your holiday gathering, but then stash this recipe away in your piggy bank to use any time of the year when you need a quick appetizer or lunch.

The Italian Roll Ups were made of a Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese Spread, Salami, and Italian Cheese. That's it. The Southwest had a salsa and Siracha cream cheese spread that I threw together, Shredded cheddar, and shredded lettuce. Customize the ingredients however you want!
The Italian Roll Ups were made of a Garlic and Herb Cream Cheese Spread purchased at Aldi, Salami, and Italian Cheese. That’s it.
The Southwest had a salsa and Sriracha cream cheese spread that I threw together, Shredded cheddar, and shredded lettuce. Customize the ingredients however you want!
Spread the cream cheese base.
Spread the cream cheese base.
Layer on your toppings of choice.
Layer on your toppings of choice.
Southwest one getting layers.
Southwest one getting layers.
Roll on up! I put a little extra cream cheese mixture on the edge to act as a glue to help hold the tortilla together.
Roll on up! I put a little extra cream cheese mixture on the edge to act as a glue to help hold the tortilla together.
Slice about 3/4 inch slices.
Slice about 3/4 inch slices.
For a holiday appetizer, I formed mine into a wreath, just added a pretty red bow and this appetizer is ready!
For a holiday appetizer, I formed mine into a wreath, just added a pretty red bow and this appetizer is ready for any party!

Tortilla Roll Ups

Ingredients:

Large Tortillas – any flavor/color you like

Cream Cheese softened – you can add any spices, sauce, salsa, or anything you like to this to go with the flavor you like. You can also use pre-made cream cheese mixtures that already have some sort of flavors in them.

Thin Deli meat and cheeses (sliced or shredded) that go with whatever flavor you like

Fresh veggies – sliced olives, thin sliced cucumbers, tomatoes, coleslaw mix, lettuce (next time I will leave the lettuce in whole leaves rather than chopping as it was a little messy and difficult to roll up). Possibilities galore!

Instructions:

Gather all ingredients and chop veggies so everything is ready. Warm cream cheese a bit so it spreads easily.

Warm up Tortilla. I roll one up in a damp paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds. I only warm up one at a time so they do not dry out and become tough. You could also keep them in a tortilla warmer to keep them damp.

Spread softened cream cheese or cream cheese mixture onto tortilla.

Add toppings in layers.

Roll up as tightly as possible.

Apply a little more Cream Cheese to the edge to help seal tortilla.

Slice in 3/4 inch or so slices. Discard the end pieces that are missing most of the filling.

Arrange on platter.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve so the tortillas do not dry out. I like to keep a damp paper towel on top, then cover with plastic wrap.

Enjoy!!

For a holiday appetizer, I formed mine into a wreath, just added a pretty red bow and this appetizer is ready!
For a holiday appetizer, I formed mine into a wreath, just added a pretty red bow and this appetizer is ready!

 

 

 

 


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