For the Super Bowl last weekend, we mixed up a few retro snacks to enjoy during the game — starting with the bizarrely-named “Meat Pops.” (It’s a sandwich on a stick! Ew…)
1/2 # package sliced luncheon meat *
3-ounce package cream cheese
2-3 teaspoons milk
8 large pretzel sticks (8-9 inches long)
Spread each slice of meat with cream cheese which has been softened with milk to spreading consistency. Roll meat slice diagonally around pretzel stick near one end. (May be chilled up to one hour before serving). Makes 8.
* Many different varieties of square sliced meats may be used.
There is apparently not very much square luncheon meats available in the deli at Bi-Lo these days, so we’re using ham. Square ham.
This resulted in an interesting conversation in our kitchen, speculating on whether you could grow animals into cubes by putting them in appropriately-shaped molds — much like square watermelons.
Thinning the cream cheese with milk seemed unnecessary, since it was quite lumpy for a while and took time to smooth out. For such a simple recipe, it was a complicated step, and I’d think that just smearing the cheese straight on the meat would be easier.
Speaking of smearing cheese on meat…
Our preschooler loved this step, insisting on rolling most of the meat pops himself.
And after just a few minutes, we had a bowl full of eight meat pops!
The kids thought meat pops were totally awesome — at first. Each claimed three pops, leaving just one each for Buzz and me. (We were totally fine with that, since it meant we had to eat only one meat pop.) But once they’d inhaled the first one, their enthusiasm slowed down a little bit. My son would only eat the pretzel part that was coated by meat and cheese, and my daughter refused to eat the last one on her plate. I think it was the mediocre ham that really ruined it… that, and the fact that extra milk just makes cream cheese bland. A hint of mustard could have helped rescue the flavor of these.
Meat Pops, from 1973’s “All About Sausage,” was found in Charm and Poise’s Flickr stream.