January 11, 2015

3-Ingredient Ham & Pickle Bites {with Baby Dill Pickles or Okra}

Easy 3-ingredient Ham & Pickle Bites ... made with baby dill pickles or pickled okra ... may just be the simplest little party food around.  And Ham & Pickle Bites are simply delicious, too!

3-Ingredient Ham & Pickle Bites

Sometimes it's the simple things that are the best.

In thinking about life, and how I like to spend my time, I realize that what I enjoy most in life are the simple things.
I don't like a crazy-jam-packed schedule.  I don't like a hectic rat-race.  I certainly enjoy time with friends, and going to parties, and dinners out, and traveling and trips ... but at a good spaced-out-not-busy-all-the-time kinda pace.

My favorite times are in the kitchen baking a cake or batch of cookies.  Or enjoying a glass {or bottle!} of wine with my Mom.  Robbing our bees with my husband.  Or playing games with my family.  Low-key, simple kinda things.

Playing card games and board games is something I've done with my family since I was a little girl.  I have very fond memories of us all ... my Mom, Dad, brother, and me ... sitting around the little table in our family room playing Monopoly, or Parcheesi, or Gin Rummy.  And Canasta.  Oh, how we used to love to play Canasta!  I haven't played in so long, that I wouldn't even know where to begin now.  My Dad and I used to play Cribbage all the time, too.  And still play some now.  Though he beats me all.  the.  time.  To this day, I think I've only beaten him three times in my life.

Playing games is still something I love to do with my family.

Mom, Dad, and I have a new game we've started playing ... called Farkle.  Here we are playing Farkle on, like, a random Tuesday afternoon not too long ago ...

Have you ever played Farkle?

It's a simple little dice game that pretty much comes down to luck and guts.  Roll dice combinations that are worth points? ... your turn keeps going, and you keep wracking up points.  Having guts to keep rolling = big points.  But if you have a roll with no scoring dice combinations ... you're done! ... and you forfeit any accumulated points for that turn.

My Farkle philosophy? ~ No guts, no glory!  {And yeh, I probably shouldn't go to Vegas.}

Yes, like getting together to play Farkle with my parents ... sometimes it's just the simple things that are the best.

And like these simple Ham & Pickle Bites, too.  Probably one of the absolute easiest little party or snack foods you can make, but yet they're one of our absolute favorites.
 3-Ingredient Ham & Pickle Bites

It truly doesn't get any easier than Ham & Pickle Bites, made with just three simple ingredients ~ ham, cream cheese, and pickles.

You can make these with either baby dill pickles or pickled okra ... both are great, but we love Ham & Pickle Bites with okra the best.

So just how simple are these, you ask?  Very simple.  Very very  simple indeed.

Just spread a deli ham slice with softened cream cheese and place a baby dill pickle or pickled okra pod in the center ...

Making 3-Ingredient Ham & Pickle Bites

... roll it up all snug and tight ...

Making 3-Ingredient Ham & Pickle Bites

... place three toothpicks, evenly spaced, into the pickle ...

Making 3-Ingredient Ham & Pickle Bites

... and use a sharp knife to cut between the toothpicks, creating three pieces.  {Tip ~ to create clean cuts, wipe the knife with a paper towel after each cut.}

Making 3-Ingredient Ham & Pickle Bites

And there you have it ~  Ham & Pickle Bites!

3-Ingredient Ham & Pickle Bites

All ready to be served up for easy and delicious snacking.

Simple, right?  

For me, just like the best things in life.

 3-Ingredient Ham & Pickle Bites
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Ham & Pickle Bites {with Baby Dill Pickles or Okra}
Source:  Adapted from Southern Living
  • Deli ham slices
  • Jar of baby dill pickles or pickled okra
  • Cream cheese*, softened  {plain or onion & chive flavored}
  1. Drain dill {or okra} pickles; blot dry with paper towels to remove as much moisture as possible.
  2. Lay a ham slice out flat; spread with a thin layer of cream cheese. Place a pickle or okra pod in the middle and roll up. Insert three toothpicks, spaced evenly apart. Repeat with remaining ham slices and pickles to make your desired amount. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour.  {Chilling sets the cream cheese a bit and makes the Ham & Pickle Bites easier to cut.  If you're short on time and wan to serve the bites immediately, you can skip the chilling step.}
  3. Use a sharp knife to cut between the toothpicks, separating each roll into three pieces. {For clean cuts, wipe your knife with a paper towel after each cut.}
* You can use cream cheese sold in the 'brick' or cream cheese spread sold in the little plastic containers.  Plain cream cheese tastes great, but we think chive & onion flavored cream cheese spread tastes even better!  

Note ~ We often leave the roll ups whole and enjoy them as snacks or for lunch instead of as party fare.  We like them with both dill pickles and okra, but like okra best.



  1. Just learned Farkle last Thanksgiving when a friend suggested we play after dinner. So much fun. Thanks for the reminder about the simple things in life! Pickles so simple!

    1. Yes, Farkle is a lot of fun! And you're very welcome for the reminder about the little things in life. :-)

  2. I love the ham and the pickles they are to die for!

  3. This looks like it would be a hit at a game day party. I found your recipe over at the Two Cup Tuesday link party. I host Tickle My Tastebuds Tuesday and would love it if you would come over and share this recipe. I’m sure our party goers would love it! Here is the link http://bit.ly/1BXdrnz. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Coming over from Full Plate Thursday! All of these look amazing! Such great appetizers for football play-offs! YUM!

  5. I love how simple and yummy this is! Thank you for linking up to Party Time and we hope to see you again next week!

  6. Hello cute lady! This looks so amazing. I would love some right now. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to stop by and party with us. It wouldn't be a party without you! I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. Lou Lou Girls

  7. Congratulations!! Your recipe has been featured at Tickle My Tastebuds on my blog, Lori’s Culinary Creations. Hop on over and grab a feature button and link up your latest culinary creations. Congrats again.


  8. Love this idea! Looks so simple and tasty! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! Your recipe has been pinned to the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! Please join us again this week!

  9. I just love all your little appetizers and especially the Ham and Pickle Bites, what a great idea. I haven't played Farkle yet but will have to check that one out. Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome talent with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  10. These would totally be a winner at my house! Thanks for linking up with SNF! Pinned to our party board!


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