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Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll Appetizers

Smoky ham and cheese crescent roll appetizers are the perfect savory (but easy!) finger food your guests will love. Not entertaining? These would make a perfect lunch or light dinner when paired with a salad. Get all the details to make these just right for your family.

two ham and cheese crescent rolls on a plate

Homemade or store bought crescent roll dough

When working with crescent roll dough, it’s important to handle it gently and not overwork it. Overworking the dough can result in tough and chewy appetizers. You can use a tube of pre-made crescent rolls if you want to, or you can make them homemade which is always better.

Filling and Rolling

The filling for ham and cheese crescent roll appetizers can be customized for your personal taste. To make the filling, simply layer slices of ham and cheese on top of the rolled out dough. It’s important to leave a small border around the edges to prevent the filling from spilling out when rolling.

To roll the dough, start at the wide end of the triangle and gently roll it up, making sure to keep the filling inside.

Cheese Melting Tips

To achieve perfectly melted cheese in the crescent roll appetizers, it’s important to use the right type of cheese and to avoid overfilling. A sliced cheddar or American cheese works well because it will melt evenly and quickly.

When placing the filled crescent rolls on a baking sheet, be sure to leave enough space between them to allow for even cooking and melting–some of the cheese may ooze out. Bake the appetizers in a preheated oven until the cheese is melted and the dough is golden brown.

Cooking Instructions

a tray of triangle crescent rolls with ham on each one
a tray of crescent rolls open with ham and cheese on top
crescent triangles on a tray showing how to layer on ham and cheese
a hand holding a bowl with butter and spices over a tray of crescent rolls

Oven Temperature and Timing

To make the perfect ham and cheese crescent roll appetizers, preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C). Once the oven is heated, place the crescent rolls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 10-12 minutes or until they are golden brown.

Keep an eye on the bottoms of the crescents. They can burn rapidly.

What to serve with ham and cheese crescent rolls

Dipping Sauces

Ham and cheese crescent roll appetizers can be served with a variety of dipping sauces to enhance their flavor. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Honey Mustard: The sweet and tangy flavor of honey mustard pairs well with the savory ham and cheese filling.
  • Ranch: The creamy and herbaceous flavor of ranch dressing complements the buttery crescent roll and savory filling.
  • BBQ: The smoky and sweet flavor of BBQ sauce adds a delicious twist to the classic ham and cheese combination.

Fun ways to present your crescent rolls

The presentation of the ham and cheese crescent roll appetizers can make a big difference in how they are perceived and enjoyed. Here are a few presentation styles to consider:

  • Platter: Arrange the crescent rolls on a platter and serve them as a finger food. This is a great option for parties and gatherings.
  • Skewers: Cut the baked crescents into 3 pieces, then thread the crescent rolls onto skewers along with cherry tomatoes, olives, and other bite-sized vegetables for a colorful and fun presentation.
  • Bites: Cut the crescent rolls into bite-sized pieces and serve them in a bowl or on a plate for a casual and easy-to-eat option.
close up of ham and cheese appetizers on a board after baking

Variations and Alternatives

Vegetarian Options

For those who prefer a vegetarian option, there are a few alternatives that can be used in place of ham.

One option is to use sliced mushrooms as a filling, which adds a meaty texture and flavor to the crescent rolls. Another option is to use crumbled feta cheese and chopped spinach, which provides a savory and slightly tangy taste.

For a more classic flavor, diced tomatoes and chopped basil can be used instead of ham.

If using vegetables, sautee them first and squeeze out any extra liquid so your crescent roll dough doesn’t end up wet.

Different Meat Choices

While ham is a popular choice for crescent roll appetizers, there are other meats that can be used as well.

Cooked bacon or sausage can be used as a filling, adding a smoky and savory flavor to the rolls. Thinly sliced turkey or chicken can also be used, providing a lighter and more subtle taste.

For a spicy kick, diced jalapeno peppers or chorizo sausage can be added to the filling mixture.

Experimenting with different fillings can add variety and excitement to this classic appetizer. By using different ingredients, you can create unique and delicious crescent roll appetizers that are sure to impress your guests.

Storage and Reheating


Ham and cheese crescent roll appetizers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

To maintain their freshness, it is recommended to wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before placing them in an airtight container. This will prevent the crescent rolls from drying out and absorbing unwanted odors from other foods in the fridge.

Reheating Procedures

When reheating ham and cheese crescent roll appetizers, there are a few options available. One easy way is to simply place them in a preheated oven at 350°F (177°C) for about 8-10 minutes or until heated through. Another option is to microwave them on high for 20-30 seconds, but be careful not to overheat them as the crescent rolls may become tough and chewy.

It is important to note that reheated crescent rolls may not be as crispy as when they were freshly baked. To help maintain their texture, it is recommended to reheat them in the oven rather than the microwave.

Food Pairing Ideas

Ham and cheese crescent roll appetizers are a versatile dish that can be paired with a variety of foods and beverages. Here are a few ideas to help elevate your next party or gathering:


A dry white wine, such as a Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio, pairs well with the salty and savory flavors of ham and cheese crescent rolls. For those who prefer red wine, a light-bodied Pinot Noir or Beaujolais can complement the dish without overpowering it.


A light lager or pilsner can cut through the richness of the cheese and provide a refreshing contrast to the salty ham. For those who prefer a darker beer, a brown ale or porter can also pair well with the dish.


Fresh fruit, such as grapes or sliced apples, can provide a sweet and refreshing contrast to the salty and savory flavors of the crescent rolls. Additionally, a fruit salad or fruit skewers can add a pop of color to the table and provide a healthy option for guests.


A simple green salad with a vinaigrette dressing can provide a fresh and light complement to the rich and savory flavors of the ham and cheese crescent rolls. Adding in some sliced cherry tomatoes or cucumber can provide a refreshing crunch.


A creamy dip, such as ranch or honey mustard, can provide a tangy and flavorful complement to the crescent rolls. Alternatively, a spicy dip, such as buffalo or jalapeno, can add a kick of heat to the dish.

To bake in a ring

two ham and cheese crescent rolls on a plate

Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll Appetizers

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Servings: 8 crescents
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 8 crescent rolls 1 8-ounce can
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 pound deli ham thin cut
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese cut in half
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder


  • Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Unroll and separate each crescent section from the packaging.
  • Lightly brush each crescent section with dijon mustard and then layer a thin layer of ham and 1 slice of cheese over each. Try to fold or cut the ham and cheese so that not much hangs over the edge of the crescent roll.
  • Starting at the wider end, roll each crescent up including the ham and cheese, and place it on the baking sheet with the point of the roll down to hold the roll together. Place your crescents about 1 inch apart to allow for them to expand while baking.
  • In a small bowl, mix butter,Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Brush this mixture over the top of each crescent making sure to completely coat each one.
  • Bake the crescents in the oven for 10 minutes or until they are golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  • Remove from the oven and serve warm.


Calories: 173kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 18mg | Sodium: 469mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword ham and cheese crescent rolls
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