May 21, 2018

Crescent rolls aren’t just rolls anymore. Crescent rolls have taken recipes by storm serving as the crust for sweet and savory delights. They can be used as the crust for a quick pie or the outside layer of a baked sandwich.

Italian Antipasto Squares

An entire antipasto tray is neatly tucked inside flaky layers or crescent roll dough and baked to perfection. This sandwich makes a lively lunch or warm appetizer. It’s very simple to make as there’s minimal preparation and only 30 minutes in the oven. These tasty squares are filled with two kinds of meat and two cheeses and topped with mouth-watering banana peppers.

—2 (8 oz) cans refrigerated crescent rolls

—1/2 lb thinly sliced deli ham

—1/4 lb pepperoni

—1/3 lb sliced provolone cheese

—1 (8 oz) fresh mozzarella ball, sliced into 5 slices, then torn into smaller pieces

—3/4 cup sliced mild banana peppers (very well drained)

—1 tablespoon olive oil

—1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

—1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and lightly coat non-stick baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Open and unroll one tube of crescent rolls onto baking sheet and pinch the seams together. Layer ham, provolone, pepperoni, mozzarella, and banana peppers in order.

Open and unroll second tube of crescent rolls and carefully place on top of banana peppers. Pinch together seams to seal and spread out dough to match the bottom crust.

Brush olive oil over the top of the dough. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.

Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Allow to cool slightly and then cut into squares and serve.

Makes 9-12 servings

Notes: Be sure to drain banana peppers very well or the crust will be soggy. Patting them dry with a paper towel is also a good idea.

If you prefer, slices of pepperoncini peppers or roasted red pepper can be used instead of banana peppers.