When you roll up ham and cheese in crescent rolls, splatter it with some dijon mustard, butter and garlic powder, you get this delicious snack and finger food we conveniently named Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll Ups.
It is buttery, flaky, cheesy, and yes, SO delicious! It an easy finger food and appetizer recipe, and a fantastic way to use up leftover Christmas or Easter ham.
Looking for more finger foods and appetizer recipes? Don’t forget to check out my other favorites such as Bacon Cheeseburger Sliders, Shredded Chicken Nachos, Caramelized Onion Dip and Velveeta Rotel Queso.
Ham, Cheese and Crescent Rolls
Something magical happens when you bring together ham, cheese, and crescent rolls and form this beautiful concoction called Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll Ups.
And of course we don’t just stop there! We splatter some dijon mustard onto the crescent rolls, and brush the top with garlic buttery before baking these ham and cheese crescent rolls in the oven until it is puffy and golden brown.
Since we are making these ham and cheese crescent roll ups using pre-made crescent rolls (Pillsbury is the way to go!), the whole process is super simple and everything should be done under 30 minutes.
In addition to a quick cooking process, these ham and cheese crescent roll ups also call for only 6 simple ingredients.
It’s the perfect snack, finger food and appetizer for parties, game days, holidays, potlucks, or anytime you are entertaining.
Whenever I make these little bites of goodness for parties and such, they disappear before my eyes, and everyone wants the recipe!
Here are the 6 simple ingredients you will need to make these delicious ham and cheese crescent roll ups:
- crescent rolls – I use Pillsbury crescent roll that comes in a blue tube.
- sliced ham – I like to use deli ham that are thinly sliced. If they are too thick it can be challenging to roll them in the crescent rolls. You can also use leftover ham (slice them thinly) from dinner, Christmas or Easter.
- cheese – I used sliced American cheese here but feel free to use your favorite cheese. Swiss, provolone, cheddar, Colby jack works great as well. Shredded cheese works as well.
- dijon mustard – honey mustard or yellow mustard works as well. If you don’t like mustard, simply omit it!
- salted butter – spreading this to the top of the ham and cheese crescent roll ups prior to baking so it has a nice golden brown crust.
- garlic powder – added to the butter for a nice garlicky flavor.
How to Make It
Let me show you how easy these ham and cheese crescent roll ups come together!
First, bust open a tube of crescent roll and unroll the crescent roll.
Then remove a triangular piece (crescent rolls should have been perforated into shapes of triangles). Each triangular piece will form one ham and cheese crescent roll up.
Per its name, we are going to roll the ham, cheese and crescent roll!
And here’s how we do it:
- Brush triangular crescent roll with dijon mustard
- place a slice of ham and 1/3 of a slice of American cheese onto the crescent roll. We are only using 1/3 of a slice of cheese because cheese will leak when it bakes if too much cheese is used.
- Tuck in the ham if it’s a lot bigger than the triangular crescent roll.
- From the bottom of the triangle (the non pointy side), roll up the crescent roll with ham and cheese tucked inside. Press the tip of the triangle to seal so that roll-ups stays in tact while baking.
There should be a total of 8 triangles of crescent roll in each standard tube of Pillsbury crescent roll.
Repeat the steps above and roll up all the crescent roll triangles, then place them on a greased or lined baking sheet.
In a small bowl, combined melted butter and garlic, then brush garlic butter on the top of each ham and cheese crescent roll up.
Send them into the oven to bake for 15 minutes at 350℉, or until the top is golden brown.
When ham and cheese crescent roll ups are done, some of the cheese may ooze out a bit, but that’s ok! You can carefully tuck the cheese back in with a spoon while it’s warm if you’d like.
Let the freshly baked ham and cheese crescent roll ups cool for a few minutes before serving them.
When you bite into these delicious pockets of ham and cheese crescent rolls, you’ll experience that buttery flaky crescent rolls along with gooey cheese and juicy ham. There’s a hint of mustard that offset the savory buttery flavors so well.
And not to mention the slight hint of garlic buttery to round everything up!
Don’t let these little ham and cheese crescent rolls fool you…they are addictive and has the incredible super power that will suck you in and make you eat more than you intended to.
But be strong, my friends!
Making Ahead and Reheating
The best way to make ahead ham and cheese crescent rolls is to roll the crescent roll, ham and cheese, brush with garlic butter, and then refrigerate until ready to bake. You can refrigerate them up till 24 hours ahead of time.
By doing this, you’ll get freshly baked ham and cheese crescent rolls right off the oven when ready to serve.
If you have leftovers, you can reheat these crescent roll ups in the toaster oven or oven at 350℉ for 15 minutes. Cover with aluminum foil if the tops brown too quickly to avoid burning.
Frequently Asked Questions
Turkey, roast beef, procuitto and other cold cut meats work great as well.
Yes, shredded cheese works as well. Avoid over stuffing it as it will leak when baking.
Cheese will most likely leak a little. To avoid leakage you can use less cheese, or make sure cheese is completely rolled inside the crescent roll ups (which can be tricky to do!).
You can freeze it right before baking the roll-ups. When ready to bake, bring it to a complete defrost before baking roll-ups in the oven.
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Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll Ups
- 8 oz crescent rolls
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 8 slices ham
- 3 slices American cheese or another cheese
- 1 tbsp salted butter melted
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- Pre-heat oven to 350℉
- Slice each slice of cheese into three strips. (There is a total of 9 strips, but we will only be using 8).
- Separate the sheet of crescent roll into 8 triangles (crescent rolls should be prorated for easy separation).
- Place one of the crescent roll triangle on a flat surface. Brush it with dijon mustard, then place a slice of ham on top of the crescent roll, followed by a strip of cheese.
- Fold ham over to tuck it inside if it is spilling over. Then starting with the flat edge, fold over and roll up crescent roll, ham and cheese. After rolling, press the tip of the crescent roll down to seal.
- Place crescent roll-up on a greased baking sheet or baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Repeat 2-5 until all the crescent roll triangles are gone.
- In a small bowl, bring together butter and garlic powder. Brush garlic butter onto the tops of each crescent roll-ups.
- Bake for 15 minutes, or until the top is golden brown.
- Cool for a few minutes. Serve and enjoy!