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Leftover Ham Crescent Rolls – Easy appetizer recipe with leftover ham, stuffing, and crescent rolls. Simple and delicious finger foods, perfect for party snacks or lunch with the kids!
Sometimes I think leftovers are even better than the main dish, especially when it comes to leftover ham and crescent rolls. When you combine the two with a few tasty ingredients, you've definitely got the makings of a delicious snack, lunch, or appetizer.
Not too long ago, I shared how to make the yummiest leftover turkey stuffing crescent roll appetizers. Well, now we're going to do the same thing, only with ham.
Because Christmas and Easter are all about ham, right? So now you'll have a way to use up all those holiday leftovers in a really delicious way.
These ham and cheese crescents really are the perfect finger foods to serve as easy appetizers or even a fun lunch with your kids.
WHERE CAN I FIND THE RECIPE FOR LEFTOVER HAM AND STUFFING CRESCENT ROLLS?
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CAN I JUST USE DELI HAM IF I DON'T HAVE LEFTOVER HAM?
Yes, you can; in fact, that's what I did for this recipe.
You can also use sausage and make something similar to my favorite maple sausage stuffed pastry bites, only with crescent roll dough instead of puff pastry.
DOES IT MATTER WHICH CHEESE I USE?
The type of cheese used is really up to the individual because cheese is such a personal choice. At least, that’s how I look at it anyway.
I’ve been a cheese lover since I was a kid, sneaking pieces of American cheese out of the fridge when Mom wasn’t looking. In fact, I’d have much rather had a slice of cheese over a cookie any day… Unless they were chocolate chip cookies, of course.
You can use just about any cheese you want with these. A few suggestions might be…
- American Cheese
- Extra Sharp Cheddar
- Smoked Cheddar – One of my favorites.
- Speaking of smoked, smoked Gouda would be fabulous, as would smoked Swiss or smoked Gruyére.
- Pepper Jack
Really, your options are limitless. Pick a cheese, any cheese, and you’ll have the most delicious crescent roll appetizers ever.
TIPS FOR HOW TO MAKE LEFTOVER HAM AND TURKEY STUFFING CRESCENT ROLLS
The first step for making these easy party appetizers is to gather your ingredients. You’ll need canned crescent rolls (or you can make homemade crescent dinner rolls), leftover ham, stuffing, your choice of cheese, and green onions.
When I first made these, I used American cheese, but these days I’d rather use extra sharp cheddar or pepper jack.
Take each piece of crescent roll dough, and add a quarter slice of cheese (or shredded cheese), as well as a small pile of leftover ham.
Then add a bite of turkey stuffing (or Christmas stuffing or whatever type of stuffing you want).
Another additional ingredient idea is leftover cranberry sauce. You can add just a tiny dollop of cranberry sauce on top of the ham for a li’l sweet and salty flavor.
Finally, add a little pile of chopped green onions. Don't leave these out because they add so much delicious flavor.
Roll each crescent up, per the instructions on the can. They’ll probably be a bit bulky and might not be quite as pretty as they normally would, but that’s ok; they’ll still taste amazing.
Finally, pop them in the oven and bake as usual, per the instructions on the can.
When you take them out of the oven, they’re best eaten while warm. Dip them in leftover ham gravy and enjoy!
Mmmm…. Happy Holiday Leftovers Season! You'll find even more ideas in our big list of Christmas recipes.
MORE LEFTOVER HAM RECIPES AND CRESCENT ROLL RECIPES YOU'LL LOVE:
These 3 easy appetizer recipes are 3 of my favorites; the ham and dill spirals are perfect for using up leftover ham. You can also make the most delicious ham and cheese egg muffins (recipe coming soon).
Venturing out into friend land, Mommy Hates Cooking has a Leftover Ham and Stuffing Frittata that looks out of this world amazing. And Crazy Adventures in Parenting made the most delicious looking Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll Sandwiches.
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LEFTOVER HAM AND STUFFING CRESCENT ROLLS RECIPE
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- 2 cans crescent rolls
- 1 1/2 cups ham, leftover and chopped or sliced
- 1 1/2 cups stuffing, leftover*
- 2 cups cheddar cheese, **shredded
- 1/2 cup green onions, chopped
- Pre-heat your oven to 375°F.
- Separate each crescent roll.
- Add a bite of cheese, a small pile of ham, a bite of stuffing, and a sprinkling of green onions in that order.***
- Roll each crescent up, per the instructions on the can, and place on an un-greased cookie sheet.
- Bake at 375° for 11 to 13 minutes or until the crescent rolls turn a golden brown.
- They're best served while warm, right out of the oven.
*You can use leftover stuffing or even boxed stuffing for this recipe.
**You can use any kind of cheese you want. I've used American, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Pepper Jack, Smoked Cheddar, etc.
***If you like, you can add just a tiny dollop of cranberry sauce on top of the turkey for a li’l sweet and salty flavor.
Serving Size:16 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 221Saturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 555mgCarbohydrates: 15gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g