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Easy Deli Rolls

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Easy Deli Rolls is an extremely easy dish to make. Just pastry dough, deli meat slices, and condiments if you want any. Use pastry dough without butter and make it dairy free!

Deli roll with slices on a wooden cutting board and a knife on a white wood table

Easy Deli Rolls is a great spur-of-the-moment recipe. They take little time to make, then bake.

We make ours with nothing but deli meat slices, because not everyone likes the same condiments (or any), but add mustard, ketchup, or whatever you normally like with your deli sandwiches.

The crispy pastry dough adds amazing flavor to your favorite deli meat slices.

Want to have a great deli side with your Easy Deli Rolls? Try: Really Easy Sweet Deli Cole Slaw and Easy Basic Potato Salad.

Lay deli meat out on a rectangle of pastry puff dough. Then, tightly roll from the long side.

Spread egg or so what I did below and just lightly went the top and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if desired.

Make small cut lines on the top of the roll to make it easier to slice later, so the roll can be cut.

Otherwise, you have to be careful so the roll slices nicely like the picture on the top of this post. Otherwise, it might look like this:

If you want to make single-serve, individual rolls, you can slice the roll into smaller parts before baking.

A little of my cooking background

I really wanted to title this blog “If I can make it, anyone can”, because – honestly – if I can make it, anyone can.

I never really liked cooking and when I was single, a meal for me meant grilled cheese, eggs, tuna, or something else that didn’t require effort or time.

When my kids were young, I was still able to get away with preparing only a small variety of easy meals, but the older they got, the more dishes I learned to make at their request.

Still, I insisted on keeping it simple.

Honestly, I never understood why some cooks unnecessarily complicate meals. I have seen recipes that have several ingredients that don’t really seem to add much, if anything, to the dish. So, why bother?

It has always been important to me that whoever eats at my table will have plenty to enjoy and that includes my kids (I never agreed with the “You will eat what is served or you won’t eat” ideology) and, because I keep it simple, I can prepare a variety of dishes in a relatively short period of time.

I have a philosophy regarding being a great cook: Prepare food according to the tastes of those who will be eating it and they will love your cooking!

As far as I am concerned, start with the basic ingredients that make the dish what it is, adapt according to taste, and voila! you are an amazing cook!

The bottom line is that while there are certainly delicate recipes out there for specialty dishes, making delicious meals doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. It’s not difficult to impress – just make sure it tastes good.

While some of the recipes on my blog are more time-consuming than others, they are all tried and true easy-shmeezy!

Of course, one always has to consider the conditions under which they cook. Weather (humidity, heat, cold), different types of ovens, different quality of pots, etc. – all of which can affect your cooking and baking.

Nevertheless, as I said, if I can do it, anyone can!

Everyday pantry essentials (suggested)

As I learned to prepare more and more recipes, I also learned which basics and seasonings are good to have on hand to have the ability to make a dish on short notice and not have to run out to the store or borrow from a neighbor.

While I will admit that I am not always prepared when one of my kids will ask for eggplant parmesan or lasagna at the drop of a hat (which they have done), I dislike having to postpone making something just because the ingredients needed to make a reasonable meal were not readily available.

So, I maintain selection of what I consider “pantry essentials” in my refrigerator and on my shelves at all times.

Initially, many of the herbs and spices were useful to me only on occasion (having been purchased for a particular recipe) and I usually just had them around as leftovers. However, as I began to cook more of a variety, I was really glad to have them (hey, look, I already have that !) and that is how my list began.

While, of course, most of the essentials will not be needed just for any one recipe, at least some of them are needed for most recipes, and you would be surprised how many recipes be made just with this list. So, if you keep whatever you use regularly on hand, it can really save you time and effort.

Everyone has their favorite recipes, preferred seasoning, and just whatever they like to use to cook. Your own list should certainly reflect your own cooking tastes and style.

Just to give you an idea, the list below is a comprehensive list of what I normally keep on hand (this does not necessarily include what I keep for baking and there may be some overlap between the two lists as some items are used for both, such a brown sugar) and, of course, it reflects the meals and desserts that I like to make for my own family and guests.

Seasoning and flavoring:

  • salt (my receipes use regular table salt)
  • ground black or white pepper
  • granulated garlic or garlic powder (I prefer granulated)
  • onion powder
  • sweet paprika and/or sweet pepper flakes (paprika is ground dried red pepper, pepper flakes are crushed dried red pepper)
  • hot paprika, hot pepper flakes, or cayenne pepper (moderately spicy dried ground chili pepper) for those occasional spicy dishes
  • ground turmeric
  • ground cumin
  • ground cinnamon
  • ground ginger
  • ground nutmeg
  • ground Cloves (for pumpkin flavors)
  • sugar (granulated)
  • brown sugar
  • chicken consomme powder / beef bullion powder (regular or vegetarian)
  • onion soup mix
  • onion flakes (substitute for fresh onion – 3 tablespoons for 1 medium onion).
  • various herbs
  • additional spices to adapt taste to preference


  • oil / margarine / butter / cooking spray
  • coconut cream as a dairy free cream substitute
  • corn starch as a thickening agent
  • flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • bread crumbs or Corn Flake crumbs (you can make these with your blender or food processor) for coating
  • condiments – such as ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce
  • tomato sauce/tomato paste/canned tomatoes – diced or crushed/pasta sauce
  • soy sauce
  • ready made pie crusts and dough (to just add filling)

We always have eggs in the fridge and onions, rice, and potatoes on our shelves as well as pasta.

In addition, having some fresh vegetables in the fridge, such as carrots, celery, tomatoes, bell peppers (red, green, etc), etc. can be very useful when putting together a quick, but delicious meal.

It is also a good idea to have some ground meat or chicken (breast, ground, or in parts), in the freezer for anyone who likes meat dishes in a snap.

Weather can have an affect on some of the spices and on the chicken consommé powder, so I keep as many of the seasonings in the refrigerator or freezer as I can and I keep everything tightly closed in containers (you will be surprised to know just how determined moths are at getting into sealed bags and how hot red pepper powder can attract little black bugs – YUCK!).

Therefore, store your items well.

Why are these pantry essentials beneficial to have on hand?

Personally, having the above ingredients in my kitchen is very advantageous, as I make a variety of dishes and use most of the items on the list regularly enough to warrant storing them. However, I do not store items for dishes that I make seasonally or only on rare occasions or those that spoil easily.

Whether or not it is workable for you depends on your cooking style, the space you have to store, and whether or not you mind running out to the store as needed. Of course, the more you cook and the more varied your recipes, the more you will use, and the more you will need.

Yield: 2-4

Really Easy Deli Roll

Deli roll with slices on a wooden cutting board and a knife on a white wood table

A delicious deli roll with deli meat slices and puff pastry dough.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • Raw puff pastry dough
  • deli meat slices (turkey and/or salami and/or balogna and/or pastrami, etc)
  • condiments (mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, etc), as desired
  • 1 egg, beaten (if you want to brown the top)
  • sesame seeds


  1. Roll out puff pastry dough to approximately 1/8" thick (see notes for length and width)
  2. Place layers of deli meats on top of one another, spreading the condiment in between as desired.
  3. Tightly roll the dough with the meat from the longer side of the dough.
  4. Make slits in the top for better baking and easier cutting (optional)
  5. Coat the roll on the top and sides with the beaten egg, if you want to brown
  6. Sprinkle sesame seeds, as desired
  7. Place baking/parchment paper on a baking sheet or baking pan and lay the roll on top.
  8. Place in an oven that has been preheated to 350°F and bake for 30 - 40 minutes or until the roll has turned a golden brown.
  9. Slice into smaller rolls or slices.


* width and length should be according to how long you want your sandwich and how many slices of deli meat you want to use. For example, if your deli slices are 4" in diameter and you want to use 8 slices of each type of meat, then you would need enough dough to cover that, ie 16" long x 8" wide.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 376Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 393mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 6g

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