Salami and Cream Cheese Cannoli

Low Carb / Keto / Gluten Free

Growing up, one of my best and fondest memories was when my mother would have various food-related parties like Pampered Chef and Tastefully Simple.  I’m pretty sure I loved these because the food was always delicious and I got to learn about a bunch of new kitchen gadgets.  Mind you, this was from the tender ages of 8-16. Specifically, I remember my odd fascination with the apple corer/peeler that was all done by a hand crank. I was seriously a weird kid.

Anyways, these salami and cream cheese “cannoli” are really delicious, simple and have always been one of my mom’s go to appetizers for those parties.  They aren’t the typical sweet cannoli that one finds in an Italian bakery.  Instead, they’re savory and made of meat and cheese!

Funny, I had nearly forgot about these until I started following the keto, low carb lifestyle!

They’re easy. They’re low carb. They’re delicious.

I sometimes have a hard time categorizing some of the recipes I make. For example, these Salami and Cream Cheese Cannoli make a great appetizer, but I often make them alongside of some greens for a quick and easy lunch for work, or even dinner when I don’t feel like cooking!

Experiment with different fillings, the sky is the limit! I once made some of these cannoli with a mixture of goat cheese and very briny olives and they were absolutely delicious!  Another classic that we had growing up was a cannoli stuffed with ricotta cheese and seasoned with a bunch of great Italian herbs (rosemary, thyme, basil). Very fresh and very easy!  Better yet, you could even experiment with other meats as well. Perhaps a nice, thin slice of turkey, roast beef or corned beef?

Macro/Nutrition: For 5* cannoli, these come out to roughly 193 calories, 2 net carbs, 17 grams of fat, grams of fiber and grams of protein per serving!

Salami and Cream Cheese Cannolis

Salami and Cream Cheese Cannoli


  • 10 slices Genoa salami, thin sliced
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon green onion, chopped


  1. Take two slices of the salami and lay them over top of eachother (if they're thicker cut, one will suffice)
  2. Mix together cream cheese and green onion
  3. Spread green onion and cream cheese mixture onto the layers and roll up into a cannoli shape

Would you put my Salami and Cream Cheese Cannoli in your lunch box? Comment below!

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  1. Tracy on April 12, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    Every holiday I made ham rolls, ham, pickle and cream cheese. Who would have thought that I can now have that for a lunch?? so Yum! Thank you for your wonderful site. I just started low carb/Keto yesterday and sites like yours makes planning so much easier.

  2. Colin on May 13, 2015 at 9:01 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that we put a pickle spear down the middle of these and they’re soo good. Try it if you’re into pickles

  3. Amber on January 8, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    I’m planning on putting these in my kids lunch boxes or making for afternoon snacks!!! Thanks!

    • Dominic on January 17, 2015 at 7:13 pm

      I eat these fairly often for lunch myself! They’re yummy.

  4. Steve on September 7, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Add a mini sweet (sugar free) pickle for a great additional tangy crunch. Really adds to the snack and satisfies the “crunch craving.”

  5. Chris on December 30, 2013 at 12:17 am

    I remember my aunt making something similar for the holidays when I was a kid. She used to do thinly sliced corned beef or pastrami with the cream cheese filling. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll be trying these out tonight!

  6. Paola on October 8, 2013 at 4:12 am

    I love making these! I added some pickled jalapeño also and it gave it a perfect spice and tang.

    • Dominic Geracia on October 8, 2013 at 4:53 am


      That sounds delicious! I have added banana pepper rings before and they were great on the crunch. Will try with the jalapenos!


  7. NADARA on July 13, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Love these.. very good when you add a bit of spices/seasoning to boost flavor. I love me some Valentin or chalula hot sauce mixed with cream cheese
    Thanks for all the great recipes

    • Dominic Geracia on July 13, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      That sounds yummy! Goat cheese also tastes really nice these!


  8. Allye on July 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I do this too, or use the large “sandwich” side pepperoni. For some extra texture sometimes I wrap an almond up inside. YUM

    • Dominic Geracia on July 12, 2013 at 3:55 pm


      That sounds delicious! I’ve never thought to add in some nuts for a crunch, great idea!


  9. Jamie on June 24, 2013 at 3:32 am

    This is such a fun idea! Tasty too.

  10. Debra on June 20, 2013 at 1:12 am

    A designer “who” – not “that.” Please!

    • Dominic Geracia on June 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      Thanks Debra. You’re my own personal editor! 😀

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