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Sunday, November 01, 2009

Another Retro Appetizer, With Another Regional Name..


Polish Roses! Much better known through America as onion wraps! These simple treats have been on nearly every informal get together appetizer table I've ever been to.
We've had a husbands and wives Texas Hold'em card night 3 or 4 times a year for a few years now, with everyone bringing their own beverages and and appetizer or two to share.. I know they can handle the upscale stuff, but I also know they prefer the simple treats by far! I made deviled eggs( which disappeared!), and a tray full of these onion wraps, affectionately known as Polish roses. The descendants of Polish immigrants around here seem to love these things, and are at a lot of wedding buffets..
Simple to make, you get some good looking green onions, wash and trim back the greens not to be eaten, leaving some as a handle of sorts for holding them while you eat one! Trim roots off, leaving a flat end. Take dried or corned beef of appropriate size, spread with softened cream cheese, and wrap around edible end tightly- you now have one done! Refrigerate for two hours, and serve. Ham, roast beef, flavorings to cream cheese are all fun to try... A tip to some of you new cooks starting to get a little experimental- don't make it look like what people are used to, if you are going to change the flavor expected- warn them first, and they will like it more!

57 comments:

highlandsranchfoodie.wordpress.com said...

I have to admit I've never seen them or had them. They sound great!

highlandsranchfoodie.wordpress.com said...

I have to admit I've never seen them or had them. They sound great!

buffalodick said...

Highlander- I really thought they were everywhere! Try them, you'll like them, I'm sure!

JihadGene said...

I'm with Highlands. Never seen 'em but I sure would like to give 'em a try!

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

I've never heard or seen them before, either - I'm intrigued! They actually sound good! :)

OHN said...

I have never heard of these, but make a similar version that disappears like crazy.

Get a jar of Vlasic Kosher dills (usually in the meat section of the store, as they are refrigerated). Rinse and pat dry whole pickles. Spread cream cheese on the corned beef slices (packaged or deli sliced) and wrap the pickles. Leave these in the fridge for a couple of hours then take out and slice.

They look pretty (I use several layers of the thin corned beef shreds and plenty of cream cheese) and they taste wonderful!

Chris said...

I've never heard of either of those. They sound good though!

A Year on the Grill said...

LOL, I forgot all about these (I have seen them, but i hang out at Southern Baptist pot luck lunches on occasion)

Try same concept with a pickle in the middle, wrapped in cream cheese, wrapped in meat, sliced,,, looks like eyeballs, wish i had thought of this before halloween

great post

buffalodick said...

Gene- I thought these were as common as all get out- comments are proving me wrong!
Stacy- They are good! None were left! As usual!
OHN- We see those here too! First time I tried one, I doubted.. then ate three more!
Chris- I could not been more suprised on responses... I thought everybody ate these!
Griller- We have the dill pickle wrap as well, and is equally good as with onion! Church potlucks are a fond memory in my life..

Nat said...

BD, These are just PRETTY PRETTY ! I would love to serve this sometime...its a cool idea and the name is delicate and sweet. I would use Prosciutto...

So many new things you teach me !

buffalodick said...

Nat- Prosciutto would work like mad! Any thinly sliced deli type meat works great! I had a corned beef craving...

jules said...

Believe it or not, I've never heard of these. They looks so sweet and sound fantastic! I def think I'll try these at my next party. Also, deviled eggs are one of my favs!

doggybloggy said...

never seen or heard of these before - and I am with nat on the proscuitto and I would also use boursin cheese...

buffalodick said...

Jules - Here I thought I was covering old ground for all, and it turns out to be a regional thing, most have never heard of! I wish more of you cooks would start sharing some of your region's more obscure dishes!

buffalodick said...

DogB- Would work like mad, also! I seem to have lit a fire we all could get warm at!

Rachel said...

I love just about anything with onions....garlic too. My breath isn't too fantastic afterwards, but hey, it's worth it!

Akelamalu said...

Those sound great for a buffet! :)

buffalodick said...

Rachel- It is, indeed the trade off! Worth it, too!
Ake- They are! Folks love them around here..

boots said...

I have had them they are delicious~ I forget about them though. thanks for the reminder,
guess if every one eats them no one notices the each others breath? ;oD

buffalodick said...

boots- I'm trying to wake up lost memories of snacks that were popular, and for a good reason...

Mr. Condescending said...

These do look good wow.

I love deviled eggs too, but ill eat so many that I won't want them for a while.

Marjie said...

Never seen them here, either. They must be a midwestern thing. They look like fun!

Pam said...

Hey, I'm Polish. How come I've never had these? I need to have a talk with my mother about this!

buffalodick said...

Mr.C- I'm shocked more people haven't had them! Deviled eggs are a shoe in for appetizer of the century in the Midwest!
Marjie- I have never seen a leftover one!
Pam- From all indications, this is going to be the surprise hit at Holiday gatherings at many of my blogger friends parties!

Odat said...

Well add me to the "I never heard of them before" list! But they sound delish...this is something I am definitely going to make!!! I love all the ingredients!!!
Buff, I think you've started something,even tho you thought it was already here!!! :-)

blueviolet said...

I've never heard of these! They do sound great though!

Jen said...

Those look and sound delicious, I had never heard of them before.

Shelly Rayedeane said...

I have never had those! That looks really delicious! (almost to pretty to eat). Your cooking is like art! I would almost be tempted to put those in a vase and fill it up with water!

buffalodick said...

Odat- I'm floored! They are so common around here, I almost didn't post this..
BlueV- I thought another Michigander for sure had eaten them!
Jen- Fun to eat- nobody eats just one!
Shelly- The colors contrast nicely, as do the flavors..

pinknest said...

Finger food that involves meat is the best.

TavoLini said...

well...this is a new one to me! Never had these--maybe it just stayed on the Western side of the state :)

Hard to go wrong with appetizers and a good card game!

G-Man said...

I am soooo stealing this recipe as well....Thanks

buffalodick said...

Pink- You usually get two bites full of onion, corned beef, and cream cheese off each one!
Tavolini- I was counting on you to have had them!
G-man- I was sure you would have had them too!

Angela in Europe said...

Deviled eggs and onion wraps...yum! I like the pickle version too.

buffalodick said...

Angela- They are all popular around these parts!

UBERMOUTH said...

I LOVE onions[see? smell my breath] I will definitely make them. Thanks.

The Blonde Duck said...

How neat!

Shelly Rayedeane said...

Yeah but do they look good in a vase filled with water? Lol.

I've actually never heard of those before. I'm going to have to give those a try.

buffalodick said...

Uber- Not allowed on your blog? You've hurt my feelings...
BlondeD- I thought everybody ate these!
Shelly- They are an out-of-hand appetizer,that never is a left-over!

Barbara said...

Never heard of Polish Roses! But do they ever look good! And easy.
I've noticed nothing goes quicker than deviled eggs ....and a shrimp bowl. (Someone has deviled egg dip on their post today 'cause I copied it. Sounded wonderful.)

buffalodick said...

Barbara- Have also been called "firecrackers", and they are simple and good!

K said...

Giving a little warning is an excellent tip.

The Peach Tart said...

I've never heard of these but they sound wonderful. I'm giving them a try this weekend. Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

buffalodick said...

K- Most of the suprises I got in my life were unpleasant! Forewarned is forearmed!
Peach- Sorry I haven't visited more often..came across a comment you made on my blog in the archives, and thought I'd pop over!

Brian Miller said...

perhaps to try...have never had these...though i do enjoy some texas holdem'. happy monday to you!

buffalodick said...

Brian- Try 'em, you'll like them! Got murdered at cards that night.. I couldn't get a draw to save my life, and the hole cards were 3's and 5's.. or worse!

Just telling it like it is said...

I have never heard of this appetizer but it sounds really good...I'll try and act like I know how to make the good appetizers by making this and then I will look like I can really bring it!

buffalodick said...

Darngirl- Bring them, and they will eat...!

Just telling it like it is said...

thanks for the tip!!!

Tanya Kristine said...

let's see. love green onions? check. Love dried corn beef? check. Love cream cheese? double check. you don' thave to be polish to see these would be delish!!

Beth said...

OMG!!!! I am SOOOOO making these!!!!!

buffalodick said...

Tanya- I can't believe more people haven't had these!
Beth- Make a pile of them, remember room temp. cream cheese, then refrigerate..

Chef E said...

Cool buff! I love finding out about these, and would love to eat some! I think hubby would love these for the world series game when NY wins :)

buffalodick said...

ChefE- Phillies are fighting back.. you never know..

Hit 40 said...

I am jealous of the card playing!! I need to find me a card playing posse to hang with in Ohio.

miss amy said...

Your blog is making me drool.

I am going to have to try these out at my next Texas hold em gathering.

I have never heard of them but they sound delicious.

buffalodick said...

Hit40- Miss you..not the replies, the exchange.. Jeez, E-mail me! I'm not a "mole" trying to hurt you..
Divine Miss M- Do it! You could sell refrigerators to Eskimos! Lord knows I have...