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Ham and Cheese Roll Recipe

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There’s something wonderfully comforting about serving warm, cheesy ham and cheese crescent rolls, especially when they come together effortlessly using store-bought Pillsbury crescents.

It’s a gentle reminder that not every dinner needs to be an elaborate affair with multiple courses. Sometimes, the best evenings are those spent unwinding with a simple meal that everyone in the family can enjoy and even help make!

close up of ham and cheese crescent roll on a cutting board.

Buttery Ham & Cheese Crescent Rolls

A quick fix for busy nights, we believe this recipe is perfect for: an after-school snack, an appetizer tray, a cheesy side dish, a quick lunch, or an easy kid-friendly dinner. 

I must confess, I have a soft spot for recipes that use up leftovers. Each year, after post-holiday meals, I find myself staring at the leftover ham, wondering how to give it a new life.

Food is just too expensive to waste away in the fridge.

That’s where these ham and cheese rolls come to the rescue.

3 cooked pillsbury ham and cheese roll ups baked a golden brown on a baking sheet.


  • Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • Diced ham
  • Swiss cheese
  • Dijon mustard (optional, for dipping or for inside roll)
laid out rolls, cheese, and diced ham before baking

How to make Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls

Whether you’re looking for a quick appetizer to serve up, a light lunch side, or even a casual main dish, stuffed ham and cheese crescent roll-ups have got you covered.

Preheat Your Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F. 

Prepare the Crescent Dough: Gently unroll the crescent roll dough and separate it into triangles. Lay them flat, ready for the filling.

Add Cheese and Ham: Sprinkle a small amount of the shredded Swiss cheese onto each triangle. Then, add the diced ham on top. I find that starting with cheese helps the ham stick better.

roll out your crescent roll and add diced ham and shredded cheese in your roll

Roll ’em Up: Add another sprinkle of cheese on top of the ham for good measure. Then, roll up each crescent shape, starting from the wider end, moving towards the narrow tip.

Don’t worry if some of the filling peeks out.

roll your pillsbury crescent rolls tight and put on the pan

Bake to Perfection: I find it best to refer to the brand packaging for the ultimate directions on how long to bake and if nonstick baking spray should be used. Please check that out before moving on.

Typically: Place the rolls on a baking sheet and bake for 12–14 minutes, or until you see them turn a beautiful golden brown.

Serving: Serve ham and cheese crescent rolls with a side of Dijon mustard or cheese sauce for dipping. 

ham and cheese roll dipping in mustard sauce ready as an appetizer

More Ways to Stuff Crescent Rolls

Looking for more crescent roll ideas? You’re in the right place!

  • Classic Combinations: You can’t go wrong with a traditional filling like deli turkey and cream cheese. It’s a tried-and-true combo. I also love our caprese crescent rolls too – stuffed with tomatoes and cheese.
  • Cheese, Please: In the ham and cheese rolls I shared, Swiss cheese is my go-to. However, feel free to swap in cheddar or any melty cheeses you love to create your own signature ham and cheese roll-up.

  • Sweeten the Deal: Remember, crescent rolls aren’t just savory sides. For a dessert twist, fill them with strawberries and Nutella or a mix of cream cheese and cinnamon sugar.
  • Breakfast: Lastly, one our favorite ways to enjoy the morning is with this breakfast crescent roll recipe. Stuffed with eggs, cheese, and sausage, these are just so good.
breakfast crescent roll ideas.
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Ham and Cheese Crescent Rolls

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Combining the simplicity of Pillsbury Crescent rolls with the classic flavors of ham and Swiss cheese, these rolls offer a cheesy twist to your menu. Get ready to roll, bake, and enjoy a stuffed croissant crowd-pleaser that's as fun to make as it is to eat!


  • 8 oz. Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • 3/4 cup diced ham
  • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • Dijon mustard dipping/optional


  • Preheat the Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • Prepare the Crescent Rolls: Open the package of crescent rolls and unroll the dough, separating it into the individual triangle shapes.
  • Add the Filling: On each triangle, sprinkle a small amount of shredded Swiss cheese near the wide end. Then, add a layer of diced ham on top of the cheese. To enhance the flavor, top the ham with another sprinkle of cheese.
  • Roll Them Up: Begin at the wide end of the triangle and roll the dough towards the skinny end, wrapping the cheese and ham filling inside. Place each roll on a baking sheet, leaving some space between them to allow for expansion during baking.
  • Bake to Perfection: Bake the crescent rolls in the preheated oven for 12-14 minutes, or until they turn golden brown.
  • Serving: Serve roll-ups with a side of Dijon mustard for dipping.


Our Tips:
  • For a twist, feel free to experiment with different fillings like tomato and mozzarella, cheddar cubes, or even cream cheese and sausage. This recipe is versatile and encourages creativity.
  • These ham and cheese rolls are not only great for a side dish but also perfect as party snacks or appetizers. They’re sure to be a hit!
  • Leftover rolls can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven or microwave for a quick snack.


Serving: 2crescent rolls | Calories: 316kcal | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 140mg | Potassium: 8mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer: The nutritional data provided here is auto-calculated and intended for your convenience only. As it’s generated via automation, its accuracy may be compromised. For precise nutritional insight, please compute the values utilizing the actual ingredients in your recipe through your chosen nutrition calculator or application.

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