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Basil and Roasted Red Pepper Bites (Gluten Free)

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  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 2 hr 25 min
  • Servings 25
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Five simple ingredients come together to create attractive, bite-size appetizers that are bursting with fantastic flavour!
Created Nov 15, 2011
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  • 1 pkg (70 g) thinly sliced cooked ham (about 5 slices)
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) garden vegetable reduced-fat cream cheese spread
  • 1 pkg fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) roasted red bell peppers (from 341 mL jar), patted dry
  • 5 pieces (5 1/2 inches long) string cheese


  • 1
    Stack 2 slices ham on work surface; pat dry with paper towel. Spread evenly with 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons cream cheese. Top with basil leaves to within 1 inch of top edge. Cut pepper into 1-inch strips; cut to fit width of ham. Place pepper strips across bottom edge of ham. Place cheese piece above pepper on basil leaves; trim to fit.
  • 2
    Beginning at bottom, roll up securely. Wrap in plastic wrap. Repeat with remaining ingredients to make 5 rolls. Refrigerate 2 hours.
  • 3
    Unwrap rolls; place seam sides down. Cut each roll into 5 pieces with sharp serrated knife. If desired, pierce each roll with 5 evenly spaced toothpicks before cutting.

Expert Tips

  • Tip 1
    COOKING GLUTEN FREE?  Always read labels to make sure each recipe ingredient is gluten free. Products and ingredient sources can change.
  • Tip 2
    Substitution: You can also use regular cream cheese spread instead of the garden vegetable flavour. Just make sure it is the reduced-fat variety, which is softer and spreads more easily than regular cream cheese.
  • Tip 3
    Success: Be sure to pat the peppers and meat slices dry with a paper towel. The packaged meat is typically quite moist, and the cream cheese may be harder to spread.

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