Crescent rolls are such a staple in our home and they’ve got a huge variety of uses. They’re a great kitchen shortcut to keep on hand and really help to save time. If you’re looking for a quick, but elegant, dish to serve at a party, then try this Spinach Crescent Roll Appetizer. It has a cheesy spinach filling that’s baked in the middle of a flakey crescent roll. Everyone grabs one at parties – they’re the perfect finger food!
I love that you just throw the mix into a bowl, stir and drop it by the teaspoon full into the crescent rolls. You aren’t making a huge mess and there aren’t a ton of complicated steps. You can even prepare them ahead of time and just bake prior to serving.
They’re wonderful when they’re warm and fresh out of the oven. The cheese melts and the spinach adds flavor. I crave these as an appetizer with our holiday meals. Even as they cool to room temperature, they’re still great to munch on. I don’t stress about keeping them warm for parties.
Looking for even more great appetizer recipes that are easy? Check out some of my most popular appetizers on Savvy Mama Lifestyle:
How To Make Spinach Crescent Roll Appetizer Bites
Obviously, Pillsbury is the tried-and-true brand that we all love for crescent rolls. Feel free though to use whatever you have on hand, even a store brand. When I make this during the holiday season, it can be harder to find the Pillsbury version.
When To Make Spinach Crescent Roll Bites
I think these bites are elegant enough to serve at a formal cocktail party, but they’re also great for watching the game. They’re so versatile. I make them as an appetizer for Thanksgiving and I’ve also served them at Christmas parties – that green color is festive!
How To Prepare The Appetizer Ahead Of Time
If you want to prep these ahead of time, follow all of the recipe instructions until you get to the part where you brush the egg wash on top. Just add the filling and shape them. Store them in the refrigerator on the baking sheet. Right before you want to serve them, brush the egg wash over the top and bake as directed. They don’t take long to bake.
How To Store Leftover Spinach Crescent Roll Bites
If you have any leftovers, you can place them in a ziplock bag and put them in the refrigerator. I like to keep them refrigerated because of the dairy in them. To reheat, you can do a 10-20 seconds in the microwave on high. Or a low oven setting for 10 minutes. You just want to reheat them and not bake them again. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months before thawing again to serve.
Recipe Substitutions You Can Use
If you want to add more flavor to the appetizer, use a stronger cheese like Swiss or Asiago. Reduced fat versions of the recipe ingredients will not make a difference in the recipe either. The recipe calls for chopped frozen spinach. If you can’t find chopped, purchase regular and chop it yourself. I like using chopped because it’s an appetizer that you bite into (and nobody wants spinach hanging from their teeth).
What You’ll Need:
- Crescent Rolls
- Frozen Chopped Spinach
- Cream Cheese
- Shredded Mozzarella
- Onion Powder
- Garlic Powder
Directions To Make Spinach Crescent Roll Appetizer
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, onion powder, garlic powder, and egg yolk with spinach until well combined.
Separate and unroll each crescent roll on parchment paper. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the spinach mixture onto the wide end of each crescent roll triangle.
Fold long end up toward the center of the dough over the spinach mixture. Then bring the other two points up on the sides to make little crescent pillow pockets. Leave an opening where you can see the spinach so steam can escape.
In a small bowl, beat together water and egg white. Brush egg white over the top of each spinach stuffed crescent roll. Bake crescent rolls for 15 – 20 minutes or until golden brown.
- 2 Tubes Crescent Rolls
- 12 oz Bag of Frozen Chopped Spinach (thawed and well-drained)
- 8 oz. Cream Cheese (softened)
- 1 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
- ¼ Cup Parmesan Cheese
- ½ tsp Onion Powder
- ½ tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Egg (separated)
- 1 tbsp Water
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan, onion powder, garlic powder, and egg yolk with spinach until well combined.
2. Separate and unroll each crescent roll on parchment paper. Spoon a heaping tablespoon of the spinach mixture onto the wide end of each crescent roll triangle.
3. Fold long end up toward the center of the dough over the spinach mixture. Then bring the other two points up on the sides to make little crescent pillow pockets. Leave an opening where you can see the spinach so steam can escape.
4. In a small bowl, beat together water and egg white. Brush egg white over the top of each spinach stuffed crescent roll.
5. Bake crescent rolls for 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm or room temperature. Enjoy!
Want to make this ahead of time? Follow all of the directions and shape the bite, but don't add the egg white wash yet. Refrigerate until you're ready. Spread the egg wash topping and bake as directed when ready.
As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 127Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 44mgSodium: 191mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g
**nutrition is calculated by a third party. Actual values may vary.