These Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls with Asparagus are the perfect Spring Appetizer, and they’re so easy to make! Made with refrigerated crescent roll dough, these little bundles of melty cheese, sliced ham, and fresh asparagus topped with crispy Parmesan bread crumbs take only minutes to assemble. Serve them warm, straight out of the oven, and they’ll disappear in seconds!
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What is in Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls?
I really love having super simple, delicious appetizers for holidays and entertaining. I want the food to be special and memorable, but I don’t want to miss time with friends and family because I’m stuck in the kitchen. That’s why I love these easy Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls with Asparagus! They need just a few ingredients, and they could not be easier to make.
This recipe makes 8 bundles – perfect for a small family gathering. But, since they are so easy to make, you can easily double or triple the recipe to serve a larger group!
Fresh Asparagus – Look for the thinnest spears you can find because they will be the most tender. Wash and trim the woody ends of the asparagus spears.
Refrigerated Crescent Roll Dough – I prefer the Pillsbury Original Crescent Dinner Rolls.
Thin Sliced Baby Swiss Cheese – I love the taste of Swiss Cheese with Ham, but you can use any melty cheese you like. Other options are Cheddar Cheese, Gruyere, or Pepper Jack Cheese. Cut the cheese slices in half.
Sliced Deli Ham – I used Black Forest Cooked Ham because that is what my local deli had available, but Applewood Smoked Ham or even Honey Ham works too. Cut the slices of ham in half.
Mustard – This is optional, but it adds a lot of delicious flavor to the crescent roll bundles and tastes so good with the ham. You could add a Dijon mustard for tang or honey mustard for sweetness.
Plain Panko Bread Crumbs – These add a delicious crunch to the rolls!
Parmesan Cheese – Mix these with the bread crumbs for a flavorful, cheesy crunch.
Olive Oil – For a golden crunchy topping!
How to Make Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls
Using Asparagus Spears that have been washed and their woody ends trimmed, place them in a large skillet with 1/2 inch of water. Bring the water to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cover and cook for 2 or 3 minutes. The asparagus will turn bright green and be tender but still crisp.
Remove the asparagus from the water and let them dry on a paper towel while you complete the next steps.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
Unroll the refrigerated crescent roll dough and separate the 8 triangles of dough. Spread a thin layer of mustard on one side of each triangle.
Take a halved cheese slice and place it lengthwise on the crescent roll triangle.
Wrap the halved slice of ham around three asparagus spears and place them on the wide end of the crescent roll triangle.
Roll the bundle into a crescent roll shape, starting at the wide end of the dough. Place onto the prepared baking sheet. Repeat for all 8 crescent rolls.
In a small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, Parmesan, and olive oil. Spoon the crunchy mixture onto the top of each crescent roll, gently pressing it into the dough.
Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Recipe Pro Tips!
These tasty Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls with Asparagus are best served immediately while they are still warm and the cheese is melty and delicious!
Can you microwave ham and cheese crescent rolls? In the unlikely event that you have leftover Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls, you can microwave them for 30 seconds to 1 minute to warm them up. They will not be as good as they are fresh out of the oven, but it works in a pinch.
Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
If you want to fancy things up, you can use puff pastry, cutting it into triangle shapes.
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- 24 fresh, thin asparagus spears, washed and woody ends trimmed off
- 4 slices deli ham, cut in half
- 1 (8 oz) can refrigerated crescent roll dough (8 rolls)
- 2 teaspoons mustard
- 4 slices baby Swiss cheese, cut in half
- 3 tablespoons plain panko bread crumbs
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Place washed and trimmed asparagus spears in a large skillet with 1/2 inch of water. Bring water to a simmer over medium-low heat. Cover and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Asparagus will turn bright green and be tender but still crisp.
- Remove asparagus from water and drain on a paper towel while completing next steps.
- Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate the 8 triangles of dough. Spread a thin layer of mustard on one side of each triangle.
- Place a halved slice of cheese lengthwise on each triangle.
- Wrap a halved slice of ham around 3 asparagus spears and place them on the wide end of a crescent roll triangle. Roll into a crescent roll shape, starting at the wide end, and place on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat for all remaining triangles.
- In a small bowl, mix together the bread crumbs, Parmesan, and olive oil. Spoon the crunchy mixture onto the top of each crescent roll, gently pressing it into the dough.
- Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 233Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 328mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 1gProtein: 8g
Recipe calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is estimation only. If you need nutritional calculations for medical reasons, please use a source that you trust.