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Spinach and Bacon Roll Ups

This appetizer recipe is a long time favorite.  I actually forgot all about it until I was looking through my beloved recipe binder.  I discovered this recipe when we were living in Canada.  Canada has a great magazine called Canadian Living and I always found really good recipes in it.  I miss that magazine come to think of it.  This Spinach and Bacon Roll Up recipe is my favorite kind of recipe.  It can be made up to a month ahead of time and kept in the freezer.  You can broil them from frozen any time that you would like.

I made these for a Christmas Eve Open House years ago and the next day I had numerous requests for this recipe.  This easy appetizer recipe is a keeper and I so happy that it is back in my rotation.

Take this recipe and use it as a springboard.  You could make a Mexican version with maybe cheddar and tomatoes.  Or maybe a Greek one with feta and olives and peppers.  Really, you could use this technique and make a million different versions.

spinach and bacon roll ups recipe1 teaspoon olive oil
half of a small red onion diced
1 bag of spinach
1 brick of cream cheese
3 Tablespoons minced cilantro
1 Tablespoon minced jalapeno
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
10 small flour tortillas
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
8 slices thick cut bacon cooked and crumbled

spinach and bacon roll ups recipeIn a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, jalapeno, cilantro, salt and pepper.  In a saute pan, cook the red onion in the olive oil until soft.  Take the onions out of the pan and set aside.  Add the spinach and cook until wilted.  Drain out the water.  Set that aside also.  Spread the cream cheese on a tortilla.  I set up an assembly line and laid out all 10 tortillas.  Sprinkle the red onions on the tortillas.

spinach and bacon roll ups recipeAdd the spinach and bacon.

spinach and bacon roll ups recipeSprinkle with cheese.

spinach and bacon roll ups recipeRoll the tortillas up.  Put them in the fridge for an hour to firm up before you cut them.

spinach and bacon roll ups recipeIf you are going to freeze them, I would wrap them in waxed paper and then put them in a freezer bag.  I kept these in the fridge and used them the next day so I did not wrap them in paper, just a Ziploc bag.

spinach and bacon roll ups recipeWhen you are ready to cook them off, trim the ends off of the tortillas and cut them into 6 slices.  Make your clean up a little easier than I did and line the pan with tin foil.

spinach and bacon roll ups recipePut the tortillas under the broiler for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.

Spinach and Bacon Roll Ups

These little babies are addictive.  You have been warned.

Spinach and Bacon Roll Ups

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • half of a small red onion diced
  • 1 bag of spinach
  • 1 brick of cream cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1 Tablespoon minced jalapeno
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 10 small flour tortillas
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon cooked and crumbled

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, jalapeno, cilantro, salt and pepper. In a saute pan, cook the red onion in the olive oil until soft. Take the onions out of the pan and set aside. Add the spinach and cook until wilted. Drain out the water. Set that aside also. Spread the cream cheese on a tortilla. I set up an assembly line and laid out all 10 tortillas. Sprinkle the red onions on the tortillas.
  2. Add the spinach and bacon.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Roll the tortillas up. Put them in the fridge for an hour to firm up before you cut them.
  5. If you are going to freeze them, I would wrap them in waxed paper and then put them in a freezer bag. I kept these in the fridge and used them the next day so I did not wrap them in paper, just a Ziploc bag.
  6. When you are ready to cook them off, trim the ends off of the tortillas and cut them into 6 slices. Make your clean up a little easier than I did and line the pan with tin foil.
  7. Put the tortillas under the broiler for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and golden brown.
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40 Responses to Spinach and Bacon Roll Ups

  1. Lisa says:

    Yum, I love these little appetizers too. Unfortunately, the people who made them never thought to put bacon in it like you did. Why not? Bacon makes everything better.

  2. Krystal says:

    Oh yum. I think this will be my lunch today!

    -Krystal @ recipesofacheapskate.blogspot.com

  3. Amanda says:

    I had these once at a party and I really enjoyed them so I’m glad you posted this recipe!
    They look so simple and easy to make ahead of time. Love it!

    Looks great, can’t wait to try making these!

  4. Those remind me of the awesome pickle roll-ups I made several summers ago.. Basically, just pick your meat (I had pastrami), slather on cream cheese, and put a dill pickle spear, and roll it up. Ta-da, instant appeitizer!

  5. Jamie says:

    These look like the perfect party appetizer. I just bookmarked this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  6. melissa says:

    I’ve seen these rolls a lot, but never hot. Those look awesome. I have everything in my fridge to make them too. I’m going to have to try these!

  7. These Roll Ups look delicious!

  8. hampton says:

    yum! if you are heating up a frozen batch, how much longer will they need to stay under the broiler?

  9. kristin says:

    Hi Bree! These look great. Going to try them this week. :)

    Was also wondering, do you have a new way to print off the recipes? I remember being able to print them by clicking a button at the end of the post and then I had the option of choosing to include or not including images. I tried emailing the email share button, but that just had a link to the website again. S.O.S.! Thanks. :)

  10. Daisy says:

    This is certainly a springboard recipe! I was just thinking how this would also be great with hummus instead of cream cheese. Love that you’re using spinach; healthy and delicious!

  11. Looks delish! I agree bacon makes everything better!

  12. karol says:

    These were simply delicious! Made them for Halloween get together and they were a big hit! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

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  14. Nicole says:

    Sounds yummy, I think I’ll have to make these for my next get together. By the way, Canadian Living does email newsletters now as well as the magazine one of which is just for recipes. Plus they have a pretty good online archive for old recipes as well.

  15. JaJireh says:

    I ate the leftovers for breakfast, after a second run through the broiler! YUM! Thanks for this recipe. The measurements were perfect for flavor. I needed a simple pinwheel for an event, but wanted to work with what I had on hand. Your blend nailed. it! Did I mention leftovers? I’m talking about 10 out of the 60 I made! :D big hit! Thank you!

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  18. tammy says:

    was wondering if i took these to a tailgate if they could be heated on the grill in a skillet?

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  20. Dani says:

    very easy to make… it´s a good appetizer

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  22. Bridget says:

    These are awesome! Will definitely be making them again.

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  24. Tracy Rucker says:

    Bree you are woman after my heart and it seems that I have someone just like me I love to cook I love to please others through their tummies and I give out my recipes. You rock! Many cooks have the audacity to say I do not give out my recipes or it’s a family secret. My response to anyone who tells me this “so you plan to take that delicious recipe to your grave where no one else to be able to make. Makes absolutely no sense. I always give out my recipes or tips on how I make my food taste so good. Not to mention no one can do it the same way that we do it. For those of you who are great cooks you know if you give someone everything that you use to make a dish I promise your most people cannot and will not be able put it down in the kitchen the way you do. I am excited and I am making these tonight. Decided to research spinach roll ups because my sister n law was making some and said that people love them. Did not get her recipe asked her what she did but was not really specific just said she took creme cheese and put spinach inside and then roll them up did not sound like enough info. Needless to say found yours and it sounds so good going to do it your way this time but taking your advice and playing with this recipe and doing it different ways.

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