If you are looking for a great and easy appetizer, this might be one of them. I remember my mom making something similar to this appetizer, but this one has a couple of twists that make it really special.
Now, you have probably found the tortilla roll-up at a party. A typical roll-up loaded with cream cheese and green onions would be my guess, but I wanted to do something fun with the roll-up, surprise my wife and my daughter, and possibly have them be the taste testers for a potential appetizer for this upcoming Thanksgiving.
Once again, simple, and something you can make your own, but I think I have hit it on the nail with this great combination of the richness of the cream cheese, the nice vinegar flavor of the pickled carrots and jalapenos, and the texture of the turkey. Let’s get started.
- 11 oz cream cheese, room temperature
- 1 tsp yellow mustard
- 2 pickled jalapeno rings, chopped
- 2 tbsp pickled jalapeno liquid
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1/4 cup of Mexican pickled carrots, pickled
- 1 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 lb shaved turkey breast, paper thin
- 5 pieces of red leaf lettuce, cleaned and patted dry
- 1 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
- 5, 7″ flour tortillas
- plastic wrap
Start by adding your ingredients, excluding the turkey, lettuce, and tortillas, into a mixing bowl, and do just what the bowl wants you to do; mix. Get all of the ingredients incorporated.
Next, get your tortillas ready, the turkey, and the clean lettuce.
Ok, let’s go.
Take a tortilla, spread a generous amount of the cream cheese mixture onto the tortilla. Place some thin slices of the turkey, a piece of red leaf lettuce, and roll up, sealing the tortilla. Take enough of the plastic wrap to completely cover the tortilla wrap, and seal tightly.
Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
Place these in the refrigerator, allowing them to firm up. When you are ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap and cut them with a serrated knife, approximately one inch thick, just enough to be a great finger food.
The nice thing about these roll-ups is that they not only have a great richness to them, but they have a nice subtle crunch from the pickled carrots, and a slight heat from the jalapenos. Enjoy.