Think of them as meat sushi sandwich ideas without deli meat sliced meat in place of nori, cream cheese standing in for rice, and a mix of all your favorite herbs, fruits, and vegetables inside. Stand a few rolls on end for extra style points.
They’re also great last-minute appetizers you can whip up when company arrives but dinner is still cooking, and perfect healthy toddler finger food. As a bonus, these finger sandwiches are gluten-free, and work well for paleo dieters if you go light on the cheese. I used roast beef, but corned beef, ham, pastrami, salami, etc all work well. Just let a brick of cream cheese soften on the counter, then mix in a combination of the following ingredients. There’s no specific ratio: just keep adding more until it tastes good! 4 along from one end, then add all the remaining ingredients you want to include in a line on top of the basil. As you see below, sometimes I lay out a line of cream cheese, sometimes I spread it across the basil – whatever fits your taste.
Also, note that placing the basil leaves face-down on the meat means they’ll stick down nicely and be easier to spread with cream cheese. Flip the short edge over your filling, and stick the meat to itself across the center of the deli slice to make a nice pocket for the fillings. Then grab the filling, and roll until you reach the far edge of the meat. Now slice your roll into 2-5 pieces, roughly 1 to 1. Use a very sharp knife for the cleanest cut, and wipe down the blade between cuts so the edges look nice and aren’t covered in stray bits of cream cheese. Use a large cutting board, or clear off a section of counter for assembly.
Select a suitably-sized serving dish, and move your cut sandwiches onto the dish. Set endpieces up on end to display their edges, and set center slices meat-side down. If you’re making appetizers for a crowd, snug them in tight on the serving plate. I’ve used here, it may try to unroll on you.
In this case, simply stab through each finger sandwich with a toothpick. The toothpick will both keep the roll together, and make it easier for people to serve themselves without cross-contaminating the rest of the buffet. This is meat and cheese, so cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. Refrigerate leftovers as well, if you have any, as they’ll taste even better the next day.