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Rosemary and Cranberry Turkey Rollups

Rosemary and Cranberry Turkey Rollups

Tomorrow’s the day! I know that most of you probably already have your menu planned but if you are looking for one last minute appetizer then these Rosemary and Cranberry Turkey Rollups are where it’s at. A spread made of rosemary, cranberries and cream cheese is spread on deli turkey, rolled up and cut into bite size pieces. They are the perfect little bite to get you ready for the big feast.

I got this idea from a recipe that my dad would make when we’d visit him for Thanksgiving. He’d always have a plate of ham and cream cheese roll ups. So simple. Just cream cheese, a green onion all rolled up in ham and then sliced into bite size pieces. It was one of my favorite Thanksgiving appetizers.

As Thanksgiving approached, I started thinking about that appetizer  and then remembered one of my most popular recipes when the holidays roll around: Rosemary and Cranberry Spread. And I thought that instead of ham, wrapping the spread in turkey would make a great little bite. That’s when these Rosemary and Cranberry Turkey Rollups were born. They are a little sweet, a little savory and all kinds of delicious.

Rosemary and Cranberry Turkey Rollups

These couldn’t be easier to make. I just have a few tips. You want the turkey meat to be a little thicker. Not the super thin deli meat. You just want it to be thick enough that when you roll it the cheese won’t cause the turkey to tear. Another tip is to make sure that the cream cheese mixture is nice and soft when spreading it on the turkey, this is to also prevent tears. Also, after you get them all rolled up, chill them for about half an hour before slicing. They slice much easier when they are firm. And finally, this can easily be doubled if needed!

That’s it! Pretty easy huh?

Delicious Rosemary and Cranberry Turkey Rollups aside, I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends and of course lots of yummy food! xoxo -Des

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Rosemary and Cranberry Turkey Rollups

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Serves 4 Prep Time:


  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried sweetened cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • fresh cracked pepper and kosher salt
  • 3 - 4 slices deli turkey



Combine cream cheese, garlic powder, cranberries and rosemary together in a bowl. Mix well. Season to taste with salt and pepper.


Spread a thick layer of the mixture on a slice of deli turkey and then roll away from you. Repeat with remaining ingredients.


Place roll ups in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to firm up.


Slice into 1 inch pieces. Serve.



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  • Karen @ The Food Charlatan

    Ooh YUM this sounds so good! I love easy appetizers like this! And I totally want to try that ham and green onion one too! Probably there will be no room left for turkey :)

  • Oh I love this idea! Talk about Thanksgiving in one bite!! I may even have to make these throughout the year when we are craving a bit of Thanksgiving! Wishing you a fantastic and delicious holiday! Enjoy! ~ Ramona :)

  • Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    These rollups look perfect!

  • Tonia@thegunnysack

    So many of my favorite flavors in one bite!

  • I LOVE the seasonal flavors going on in these adorable rollups! I would be happy with these on top of a bed of greens for a fun and festive lunch – yum!

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Love all these flavors, especially with the rosemary included! And they’re so pretty! Perfect for the holidays!

  • Sara Zenner

    I love this twist on ham and cream cheese roll ups! So yummy and a great way to use up leftover turkey too!!

  • So many Thanksgiving flavors rolled into one! Love it. I also like how easy they are. I am not about fussy appetizers at all! ;)

  • These are so adorable and they sound delicious! Perfect way to use up those leftovers!

  • This is so great to make with the leftover turkey. I must keep this recipe handy!

  • Krista

    Such a great idea and love the rosemary addition to this!

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