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Simple Ham and Cheese Roll Ups Recipe

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Simple Ham and Cheese Roll Ups Recipe

When it comes to snacks for my low carb and gluten free needs it is easy to get stuck in a rut, so try these Simple Cheese and Ham Roll Ups!

These roll ups take a different approach to the usual by baking the shredded cheese in the oven first to make cheese tortilla wraps that you roll the meat up in.

You may have tried it before when you made cheese tortilla shells for tacos, but these are a little smaller so they fit a large slice of ham. It is a great recipe that is a classic combination of two favorite low carb and gluten free foods!

honey mustard dip in a small dish

I love these ham roll-ups for dipping into some great dips like my Honey Mustard Dressing that uses dijon mustard or Keto Ranch Dressing that is from scratch, not a packet of ranch.

ranch dressing dip in a small bowl

If you are not a dipping person, just simply have them alongside some dill pickles and crunchy pork rinds.

My kids love these on hikes and road trips as they keep for an afternoon. I make them the night before and have in an airtight container. The next day it is ready to go and I just grab the container, easy meal prep!

It is also high in protein so it helps last them longer than just some crackers!

ham and cheese roll ups close up

Lets make this easy recipe now!

First preheat your oven to 400F. Next get out a flat cookie sheet and line with some parchment paper.

Now take your shredded cheese and make little mounds approximately 1 -2 inches apart.

Spread the shredded cheese out onto the baking sheet and gently pat down to make a circle shape.

This will give them room to spread out a bit as they melt.

I just use my own hand size for measurement, but you can use a 1/4 cup measuring cup for each mound.

Now very gently pat it down a bit into a circle shape.

Bake these for 8-10 minutes until at least 2 of them have golden brown outsides and all of them are melted.

Here you see how they turn into melty cheese wraps from a mound of shredded cheese.

Let the baking pan sit for 2 minutes. See here how it is bubbling and the natural oils of the cheese have started to show.

While the cheese wraps are still warm, but not super hot, lay ham slices out on each one lining up the edge of each ham slice to the edge of the cheese wrap.

Here is when you line up the ham over the melted cheese to roll up.

I go with 1 slice of ham on each one as I use deli ham, but if you are NOT using thick types of deli meat you may want a few extra slices. If you are getting the meat from the grocery store deli and can choose the thickness, request thin slices as they work best.

Now start to roll them up from one end and place them seam side down and leave to cool. Cooling them this way helps them to stay rolled up and not unroll.

Maybe you want them to be thinner, so for thin logs you want to go with super thinly sliced meat and roll it tighter.

For the ones I used here, deli sliced black forest ham and colby jack shredded cheese, you get 11 g protein per roll. This is substantial for a snack!

I always focus on the protein count to measure the quality of my snack since we are not deriving the energy from carbs but from protein and fat.

ham and cheese roll ups on a sheet pan

What are some other ways I can use this idea of baked cheese roll-ups?

  • One of the best things about these rollups is that they make the ultimate party appetizer! You can add them to a tray surrounded by pickle spears, ripe olives and nuts. Include different dips in little bowls with tiny spoons so your guests can try different combinations.
  • Try different combinations of meats and cheeses for your favorite appetizers like: honey ham and swiss cheese, deli turkey and havarti, roast beef and cheddar cheese or some corned beef and pepperjack!
  • Make these into bite-size appetizers by cutting each one into thirds and then placing a toothpick in each one to prevent unrolling.
  • Take these Simple Ham and Cheese Roll Ups to another level by putting the prepared roll ups in the middle of a triangle of some keto pizza dough then baking for 10 minutes. Use my Keto Pizza Dough from my Easy Keto Pizza recipe here! Just roll it out into a circle. Cut in a pizza slice shape where you end up with triangles. Place the meat roll up at the long side, then roll it up towards the pointed center. Bake until the dough turns golden brown. Perfect idea for dipping into some marinara sauce.
  • You can add some different flavors to the Ham and Cheese RollUps by adding a sprinkle of poppy seeds, or crack of fresh black pepper to the cheese mixture before baking.
  • You can make a double batch of these to have a tasty snack on hand up to 3 days in advance. They will technically last a bit longer, but may become soft and soggy if you wait more than 3 days.
  • If you are eating them right away, you can make these into cheese and ham pickle roll ups by rolling a pickle spear into them when you initially roll up the baked cheese disc.

ham and cheese roll ups

Simple Ham and Cheese Roll Ups Recipe

Make these for a quick snack or jazz up your appetizer platter with these easy to make roll ups that are customizable! With at least 11 g protein per roll they are the perfect choice for a low carb or keto lifestyle!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Appetizer, gluten free low carb, keto
Cuisine American
Servings 4 rolls


  • 4 large deli slices of ham or other meat choice
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese or other shredded cheese
  • parchment paper
  • flat baking sheet
  • optional spices or flavorings


  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Put 1/4 cup shredded cheese in small mounds 1 inch apart on baking sheet.
  • Bake 8-10 minutes until lightly golden brown around the edges of a few of them. They all should be melted.
  • Cool 2 minutes before rolling 1 piece of ham up in each one.
  • Cool and keep up to 3 days in an airtight container in the fridge.
Keyword appetizer, cheese dip, dipping rolls, easy keto, ham, keto, low carb snack, lunchbox, quick lunches, roll ups, sack lunch

What events would these be great for?

  • Baby showers
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • Outside BBQs
  • Pretty much anytime you need quick finger food to feed your guests before the main meal comes, or you need some great filling snacks for your guests to nibble on that can stay at room temperature without going bad!

For best results, do not make these too far in advance. They will be ok up to 3 days but best within 24 hours of making them. Make sure you wrap up the platter with plastic wrap or keep them in an airtight container. This makes them an ideal make ahead simple appetizer for your next holiday party! It is easy to throw together these delicious appetizers when your guests are waiting for the main course!

ham and cheese roll ups in 3 pictures

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