Use holiday ham leftovers or deli ham baked in the Air Fryer or oven to make Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls in mere minutes.
Ham and Cheese on a Crescent Rolls
A simple and tasty hot sandwich, Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls have so much going for them!
- They are tasty! Life is too short to eat mediocre food.
- Simple...like employ your toddler's help kind of easy.
- Fast! Freaky fast and your plate will be filled.
- Flexible. Use your favorite flavor of lunch meat and cheese to make your belly happy.
I use the Air Fryer to make these so I don't have to heat up the whole kitchen.
But use your oven or even a toaster oven if you want. Did I mention these are simple?
The hardest part? The bravery it takes to open the can of crescent rolls. I jump. Every. Single. Time.
Farm boys approved!!! These were a major hit at lunch. My guys like warm handheld good when they are in the field. These were perfect!--Kim V.
Flipping the Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls after about 5 minutes allows the bottom to get nice and crispy.
Add a quick lettuce salad or fruit side dish for a super fast, complete meal.
A few simple ingredients make this dish easy to put together in a flash.
- Ham slices--leftover ham or deli ham fill these nicely. If you prefer, use turkey or roast beef
- Cheese slices--any kind of sliced cheese you like. I went with American
- Crescent rolls--divided into 8 triangles
- Egg--combine with a little splash of water to make an egg wash so the seasoning sticks and the crescent rolls brown nicely
- Everything But the Bagel Seasoning--brings some interest to the rolls and makes them pretty
How to Make Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls
Open the dangerous pressurized can of crescent rolls.
Place your ham on the wide end of the little magic triangle of crescent roll dough.
If the ham is a little wet, blot it dry with a paper towel. This will help keep your rolls crunchy.
Top with one-fourth slice of cheese.
Roll from the wide end towards the pointed end of the crescent roll dough.
Repeat for all 8 Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls.
In a small bowl, beat an egg well. Add the water and beat well.
Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the top of each Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll.
Sprinkle with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.
Cooking Options: Air Fryer, Oven, or Toaster Oven
You have options.
While the Air Fryer is a favorite choice due to its efficiency and the fact that it won't overheat your kitchen, you can also use your oven or a toaster oven to bake these delectable rolls.
If you're going with the Air Fryer, preheat it to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
Carefully place half of the Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls in the Air Fryer basket, ensuring they are not crowded.
After about 5 minutes, flip the rolls over to allow the bottom side to get nice and crispy.
Continue to air fry for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until they are beautifully browned and crispy.
For those using the oven, preheat it to the same temperature (300 degrees Fahrenheit).
Place all the rolls on a baking sheet, making sure they have a little space between them.
Bake for 5 minutes, then flip them over and continue baking for an additional 3 to 5 minutes until they reach that perfect golden hue.
Using a toaster oven is another great option for small batches.
Simply follow the oven instructions, adjusting the cooking time as needed for the smaller size of the toaster oven.
Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls are highly adaptable, allowing you to personalize them to your taste preferences. Here are a few variations to consider:
Change Up the Meat: While ham is the classic choice, you can experiment with other deli meats like turkey, roast beef, or even bacon for a different flavor profile.
Cheese Variety: Get creative with your cheese selection. Try sharp cheddar, smoky gouda, or pepper jack for a unique twist.
Seasoning Alternatives: If you don't have Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, you can use a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, sesame seeds, and poppy seeds to achieve a similar effect.
Spice It Up: Add a touch of heat by incorporating some sliced pickled or fresh jalapeños or a dash of hot sauce before rolling up the crescents.
Veggie Delight: Include some sautéed spinach, bell peppers, or mushrooms for a vegetarian twist on these rolls.
Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls are not only versatile but also pair well with a variety of side dishes and dipping sauces. Here are a few suggestions:
- Ranch or Italian Dressing: A great dip straight out of the bottle.
- Mustard Dipping Sauce: Whip up a quick honey mustard dipping sauce by combining honey, Dijon mustard, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. It's the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.
- Side Salad: Serve your rolls with a simple garden salad with a vinaigrette dressing to balance out the richness of the ham and cheese.
- Soup: Pair these rolls with a comforting soup like tomato basil or broccoli cheddar for a hearty and satisfying meal.
- Pickles and Olives: A side of pickles and olives adds a briny contrast to the savory rolls.
I like to bake an extra large ham with 3-Ingredient Ham Glaze so I can make these delicious crescent rolls.
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- Wash hands before cooking
- Do not use the same utensils on cooked food, that previously touched raw meat
- Wash hands after touching raw meat
- Don't leave food sitting out at room temperature for extended periods
- Never leave cooking food unattended
Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls
- 8 Ham thick sliced
- 2 slices American Cheese slices
- 1 roll Crescent rolls
- 1 Egg
- ½ tablespoon Everything But the Bagel Seasoning
- Unroll the crescent rolls and divide into 8 triangles.
- Place your ham on the wide end of the crescent roll dough.
- If the ham is a little wet, blot it dry with a paper towel. This will help keep your rolls crunchy.
- Top with one-fourth slice of cheese.
- Roll from the wide end towards the pointed end of the crescent roll dough.
- Repeat for all 8 Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls.
- In a small bowl, beat an egg well. Add the water and beat well.
- Using a pastry brush, lightly coat the top of each Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll.
- Sprinkle with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.
- Place in the Air Fryer basket, half at a time (or put them all on a cookie sheet if using the oven).
- Air Fry half of them at 300 degrees for 5 minutes. Flip over and bake for 3 to 5 additional minutes or until browned and crispy.
- Repeat baking with the remaining crescents.