Do you watch football just for the food, too? These Dried Beef Roll Ups are the perfect salty snack to bring to a game day party or serve at home!
I love to keep my game day snacks easy and these totally are.
What I love about this recipe is that they can be made ahead of time and your guests probably haven’t had them before.
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This post was originally published in 2013. It’s sense been re-photographed and updated with better details.
I’m not a big football fan, but there is something so exciting about getting together with friends to enjoy watching the game.
Ok, well maybe I’m not excited to watch the game, but I’m v excited about the food. I love a good party.
And every party has food. The best part is, a football party doesn’t need much fuss.
Just yummy food, a little fanfare and good friends.
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Dried Beef Roll-Ups with cream cheese are the perfect finger food and football appetizer.
They are salty and creamy and unexpected. Most people have never had these before but they always LOVE them!
It is the most delicious appetizer you’ve never heard of. And I don’t even like cream cheese. Or horseradish.
And of course, these are a great finger food idea for any party, not just when sports are involved. In fact, I also make these every year for Christmas!
Scroll down to the end of the post for a printable recipe card with full measurements and more detailed instructions.
How to make Dried Beef Cream Cheese Roll-Ups
Dried beef is sometimes also called chipped beef. It’s an off-the wall ingredient that isn’t super popular.
You typically find it in recipes that most likely originated in the 1970’s, so equally tasty and horrific.
I don’t make these chipped beef roll ups that often so I always forget where to look for the dried beef at the store.
It comes in a jar and is located in the canned meat aisle. Yes, that sounds super gross. Just look for the chili and the tuna.
Not every store carries this product but there are a few brands like Armour, Hormel and Buddig that make dried beef.
Add the softened cream cheese to a small bowl. Like, really softened cream cheese.
I like to use my glass measuring cup. It’s the perfect size.
Add 2 TBSP of prepared horseradish and mix well. I prefer to use a fork to really break up the cream cheese and incorporate each ingredient.
Taste. Add more horseradish depending on your taste preferences.
Add in garlic powder and Worcestershire Sauce and mix again.
Spread about 1 tsp of cream cheese mix on a slice of dried beef with a knife or off-set spatula. And taste again.
Because the dried beef slices are salty, you shouldn’t need to add any salt to the mixture. You may want to add more garlic powder or Worcestershire though.
Make sure the cream cheese goes to the edges so that when you roll it up, it will stick to itself.
In the photo above, you can see that I covered almost the whole slice except for the area closest to my thumb.
I would roll it up starting at the opposite side (with the cream cheese going all the way to edge) and roll it towards my thumb.
Leaving that blank space means that whatever squishes while being rolled, will fill in that area and help the final edge stick to the keep it rolled up.
It will take a few to get the amount and technique right. It’s not hard, just takes a second to get used to and sort out how it will squish as it’s rolled.
Roll them all up, then cut each roll up in half and place in a container to chill.
If you find that everything is just a bit too soft and cutting is hard, you can put them in the fridge for about half an hour and use a serrated knife to cut them in half.
I prefer to make them a day ahead so all the flavors can marry. They should be refrigerated, in an air-tight container, until serving.
This is one of those appetizers that is not fussy and can be left out on your party table for quite a while.
Dried Beef Roll Ups with horseradish are the perfect creamy snack that you can eat with just your fingers. No forks needed.
I also use dried beef in this Dried Beef Cheese Ball recipe. It’s a fun appetizer to serve at parties. Because who doesn’t love a cheese ball!
Or you can use it in my Jalapeno Cream Cheese Dip with Dried Beef. It’s the perfect way to add a little salt to a warm dip.
And you can use those leftover pieces to make my favorite Chicken Eden Isle dinner!
These can be stored in the fridge in an air-tight container for about 5 days.
While we think these are the perfect football appetizers, they are even great for a movie night!
Pair them with a simple game day guacamole if you’re feeling extra fancy.
And if you’re looking for an easy way to dress up your party, check out my free printable football banner!
Just print, cut and hang. Done!
Whether your hosting or going to a party elsewhere, these Dried Beef Roll Ups will be your go-to appetizer.
More Easy Appetizers
- Salsa Chicken Taco Cups are easy to make in the Instant Pot and work for a party appetizer or dinner idea. My kids LOVE these.
- This Roasted Tomato and Burrata Appetizer is so easy to make. You just roast cherry tomatoes in the oven and serve over burrata cheese! It’s just delightful on top of a crostini.
- Crispy Salami Chips are one ingredient made magical by baking in the oven.
- Warm Bacon Cheese Dip is one of my all-time favorite comfort food recipes. It’s. So. Good.
- Loaded Tater Tots with Buffalo Aioli are a twist on nachos. If you’re looking for a fun snack idea to share with the family, thi is it!
Printable Recipe for Dried Beef Roll Ups with Cream Cheese
- 5 oz (or as close to this as you can find) jar Dried Beef
- 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
- 2 TBSP or more Prepared Horseradish
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
- Add softened cream cheese to a small bowl.
- Add 2 TBSP of prepared horseradish and mix well. (A fork works really well!)
- Taste then add more horseradish if needed.
- Add the 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce and mix again.
- Spread cream cheese mix on a slice of dried beef with a knife or off-set spatula.
- Taste and adjust seasoning one last time.
- Make sure the cream cheese goes to the edges so that when you roll it up, it will stick to itself. (See photo in post to see where I stop the spread)
- Try not to overfill or it will squish out.
- Roll up each piece of dried beef with the cream cheese mixture then cut each in half.
- Place in a container and chill until ready to serve.
Dried beef can be found in the canned meat aisle at some grocery stores.
You will have a few leftover dried beef slices when you get to the end of the cream cheese mixture.
I prefer to make these the day before I serve them so the flavors really stand out.
Serving Size20 Servings
Amount Per Serving Calories 34Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 1gCholesterol 11mgSodium 162mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 2g
Nutrition information isn't always accurate.
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