Pickle rollups (aka ham-and-pickle rollups or Minnesota sushi) are a weirdly delicious finger food that will quickly disappear off of your serving table. Ideal for parties and holidays, these are a staple in Minnesota and throughout the Midwest.Pickle rollups recipe

Top on my list of “food combinations that shouldn’t taste good together but do” are these pickle rollups.

If you’ve already tried these pickle rollups, you know how amazing they are. No convincing needed.

But if you haven’t, you’re going to have to take my word for it.

These pickle rollups aren’t fancy. And they’re certainly not pretty. But they are super delicious. In Minnesota, South Dakota and elsewhere in the Midwest, we serve these with pride.

Pickle rollups recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog

What Are Pickle Rollups?

Pickle rollups (also known as “Minnesota sushi” or “ham and pickle rollups” or “ham and pickle wraps”) are made from just three simple ingredients:

  • Dill pickles
  • Cream cheese
  • Ham slices (or sometimes corned beef or pastrami slices)

Making these rollups is easy: Simply spread a bit of cream cheese on the meat slice, top with a pickle, and roll up.

There’s just something about the┬ábriny pickle, the mellow cream cheese, and the salty meat that makes these easy to devour.

Where I’m from, people gobble these things up. And I see no reason why the rest of the country can’t follow suit.

Pickle rollups recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog

Perfect For Any Party

I’ll be making a batch of these for my Super Bowl party, but they’re appropriate for any get-together:

It’s time to embrace your inner Midwesterner (unless you’re from here, of course), and give these pickle rollups a try.

Ham And Pickle Rollup Egg Rolls

What if you placed a ham and pickle rollup in an egg roll wrapper, wrapped it all up and deep fried it?

Well.. I did, and it was delicious.

Get the recipe: Ham and pickle rollup egg rolls

Ham and pickle roll up egg rolls: Make these unique egg rolls today!

More Minnesota Recipes

As a born-and-raised Minnesotan, I have plenty of great recipes up my sleeve from the Land of 10,000 Lakes:

Pickle rollups recipe, from Cheap Recipe Blog

Pickle Rollups Recipe

Yield: Serves 10
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

These rollups are often made with sliced deli ham instead of pastrami. You can use either, but I prefer pastrami because it has more flavor.


  • 8 whole dill pickles
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 pieces pastrami (alternatively, you can use ham)


  1. Remove excess moisture from pickles by blotting with a paper towel.
  2. Spread pastrami slices with a thick layer of cream cheese. Place the pickle at the bottom of the pastrami and roll up.
  3. Carefully cut pastrami-wrapped pickles into 1/2 inch coins. Serve chilled.

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