Ham & Cheese Sushi Rolls Recipe (Makes Cute Pinwheels!)

Ham & Cheese Sushi Rolls

With the kids back in school this week – I thought I’d remind you guys about a fun lunch you can pack them!  It’s sure to bring a smile :)

My kids aren’t the least bit adventurous when it comes to eating – so they usually get the exact same sandwich in their lunchboxes day after day.  Except for the occasional mornings when I realize I’m out of bread – and then suddenly it’s “Guess what kids?  We’re having peanut-butter burgers today!” That was cool for about 5 minutes – but now the pb&j on hamburger buns just doesn’t get them very jazzed.

I was re-reading an older post this week about freezing sandwiches and saw a comment left by our friend Tiffany.  She mentioned making wraps for her kids lunches, then freezing and slicing them into coins.  I loved her idea so much (partly because I have lots of tortillas in my stockpile) – that I tried it on my own kids this week – renaming it “ham & cheese sushi rolls” (because dad loves sushi which makes it cool).    It was a big hit with the kids (their friends at school all wanted some) – and a fun way to change up the lunchbox routine!  (This is just one basic combination, scroll to the bottom for more ideas of ingredient combos)

You’ll need:

  • Flour or Wheat Tortilla
  • 4 Ham Slices  (Kasey’s favorite is Land O’Frost Bistro Favorites Honey Glazed Ham)
  • 1 Cheese Slice
  • Optional Condiments: Mayo, Mustard, etc….

The night before, lie your tortillas out on a plate or cutting board.  Cover with 4 slices of lunchmeat.  Fold your cheese single into thirds, then going along the fold lines, tear it into 3 equal strips.  Place 2 cheese strips side by side in the center, and the extra cheese strip near the top or bottom of the tortilla.  Fold/roll like a burrito, you’ll need to kind of press it flat so your meat/cheese stay put.

Wrap each rolled tortilla tightly in saran wrap and place in the freezer.

In the morning, pull out a wrap and let thaw for about 5 minutes. (Use that time to make coffee!)  Remove the plastic and slice the wrap into several coins or “Sushi Rolls”.  Put them in the lunchbox with an ice pack and they’ll stay cold, but they’ll thaw out perfectly by lunchtime!

If your kids isn’t afraid of condiments (like mine are) spreading something on the tortilla makes it all stick together even nicer.  Tiffany made her wrap by spreading a little Philadelphia cooking creme on the tortilla, then layering turkey and spinach on top (that sounds good!)  I’m sure you could think of LOTS of ideas here- here are a few more:

  • PB&J
  • Honey mustard, ham and cheese
  • BBQ Sauce, chicken and cheese
  • Guacamole, Turkey, Bacon (Lie the bacon down much like the cheese)

Huffy Sidenote: My sushi-loving husband would like me to inform you, dear readers, that he doesn’t condone my calling these sushi rolls.  Apparently I’ve offended his culinary sensibilities…  I told him it’s just a cute name, but he would have me know that (and I quote him from Gchat):

“when i think of putting a delicious morsel of sushi in my mouth and then to have it suddenly transform into cold cuts and american cheese makes me feel ill.  So put that in your post…  In red ink…  In freshly squeezed squid ink.”

(Massive.  Eye Roll.) Let’s hope he’s not this indignant when he sees next week’s post entitled “Chicken Nugget Tempura”  (hee-hee)…


Ham & Cheese Sushi Rolls Recipe
Lunch, Entree
  • You'll need:
  • Flour or Wheat Tortilla
  • 4 Ham Slices
  • 1 Cheese Slice
  • Optional Condiments: Mayo, Mustard, etc....
  1. Cover the tortilla with lunchmeat
  2. Cut cheese into strips and place in the center
  3. Fold/Roll tortilla like a burrito, pressing flat
  4. Wrap tightly in saran wrap and freeze
  5. Thaw for 5 minutes, then slices into thick coins
  6. Pack in lunchbox with ice pack - will thaw by lunchtime

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