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This Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring wreath is made with simple ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes. It combines flaky crescent rolls, savory ham, melty cheese and is brushed with a flavorful herb butter for a delicious dish the whole family will love.

The crescent roll ham and cheese ring is impressive to look at – it reminds me of a fancy version of the classic ham and cheese sandwiches on slider buns. And the presentation is pretty enough for tailgate and holiday parties but surprisingly simple to make. In fact, it’s easy enough for busy weeknight dinners.

Close up of a stack of Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring slices.

Not only is the crescent ring a great appetizer for the holidays, but we also serve them on game days with a simple crudite board and crack chicken pinwheels

I like to keep a couple of tubes of crescent rolls on hand because they are great for whipping up something quickly when I’m short on time. And they’re versatile enough that they can be used to make savory and even sweet dishes like cherry cheese danish.

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Ingredients

  • refrigerated crescent roll dough – we used original crescent rolls.
  • Italian blend cheese – see the variations below for other types of cheeses that are best for this recipe. We like the shredded kind, but you can also use cheese slices if that’s what you have on hand. 
  • honey ham – we used pieces of deli ham, but next time I may try leftover holiday ham. 
  • olive oil and butter
  • spices: dried parsley, minced garlic, dried oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, black pepper.

How to Make a Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll Ring

Line a pizza pan or a large cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. 

Two images of crescent roll dough made into a star shape and seasonings in a bowl with text overlay.

Unroll the dough and place the dough triangles so they slightly overlap and the wide end makes a circle, with the top of the triangle facing outwards like a star. 

Combine the oil, minced garlic, onion powder, oregano, and parsley in a small bowl. 

Two images of herbed oil spread on crescent dough and cheese spread on top with text overlay.

Spread a teaspoon of the oil mixture over each triangle of dough.

​Sprinkle half of the cheese on top of the oil mixture. 

Two images of crescent ring ham and cheese, one with ham added and one with cheese added to the ham with text overlay.

Fold the slices of deli ham in thirds and lay on top of the cheese. 

Top the ham slices with the remaining cheese. 

Pillsbury crescent ham and cheese ring before being baked and melted butter with seasonings in a white  bowl with text overlay.

​Roll the dough triangles inward and tuck the pointed ends under the wide ends, trying to keep the filling inside the dough. 

Mix the melted butter, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a small bowl. 

Two images of butter mixture being brushed on top of crescent roll wreath and Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring after being baked with text overlay.

​Brush the butter mixture over the crescent ham rolls and down the sides of the ring. 

Bake for 12 minutes or until the tops are golden brown and the dough is no longer raw in the middle. 

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before slicing and serving. 

Tips for Making 

  • The crescent dough is easiest to work with when it’s cold. Once it comes to room temperature it starts to get sticky. 
  • Try to keep the ham and cheese inside of the crescent dough pieces so it doesn’t bake out. 
  • Before baking, make sure the seams are tightly sealed when you tuck in the ends.
Baked Pillsbury crescent ham and cheese ring on parchment paper.

Substitutions and Variations 

  • Cheese: Any melty cheese can be used such as mozzarella, cheddar cheese, Gruyere, or swiss cheese. 
  • Meat: Deli turkey, chicken, or black forest ham are also great options. 
  • For a zesty flavor, add pepperoncinis or banana pepper rings. Pat them dry before using. 
  • Topping: After brushing the top with butter, sprinkle sea salt, sesame seeds, or poppy seeds on top if desired. 
  • For more servings or to make a larger ring, use two cans of dough and double the rest of the ingredients. To make the ring easier to form, place a 5-inch circle bowl in the middle of the baking pan, and lay the dough around it. Increase the baking time by 5-7 minutes.
  • Dipping sauces: Ranch dressing, yellow mustard, honey mustard, or Dijon mustard. 

What to Serve With 

These make for an easy dinner when served with a salad, fruit cocktail salad, parmesan asparagus, California spaghetti salad or crispy green beans. If you are serving hungry teenagers, I recommend reducing the servings to four or making a double batch.

If you’re serving as party apps, you’ll get eight hearty servings. The crescents pair well with easy recipes such as ranch pretzels, a classic cheese ball, or million dollar dip

How to Store 

This crescent ring is best when eaten the day it is made. If you have leftovers, keep them in an airtight container for 2-3 days. Reheat at 350 degrees F in the oven or air fryer. 

The next time you’re looking for a quick meal or snack, keep this Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring recipe in mind. It’s sure to be a family favorite!

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Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring.

Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring

This Ham and Cheese Crescent Ring wreath is made with simple ingredients and is ready in less than 30 minutes. It combines flaky crescent rolls, savory ham, melty cheese and brushed with a flavorful herb butter for a delicious dish the whole family will love.
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Course: Appetizer, Main Dish, party food, Weeknight Dinner
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Lori @ A Reinvented Mom

Ingredients

  • 8- ounce can refrigerated crescent roll dough
  • 8- ounce bag shredded Italian blend cheese
  • 8 slices honey ham
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F.
  • Line a baking sheet or pizza stone with parchment paper.
  • Arrange the crescent roll dough triangles with the wide ends in a circle, slightly overlapping, and with the points facing outward. It should look like a star when you're done.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the olive oil, minced garlic, parsley, oregano, and onion powder.
  • Spread about a teaspoon of the oil mixture over each triangle of crescent dough.
  • Sprinkle half of the shredded cheese over the herb mixture on the crescent dough.
  • Fold each piece of ham in thirds and lay one on top of the cheese on each piece of crescent dough.
  • Top the ham with the remaining shredded cheese.
  • Roll the crescent triangles inward, tucking the pointed ends under the wide ends and making sure to keep the ham and as much cheese as possible inside of each roll. Make sure the seams are tightly sealed before baking.
  • In another small bowl, mix together the melted butter, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
  • Brush the butter mixture over the top and sides of the crescent ring.
  • Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until the dough is no longer raw inside or underneath and the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before slicing the rolls and serving.

Notes

  • Cheese options: use a melty type of cheese like mozzarella, cheddar, Gruyere or Swiss.
  • Deli meat options: Black Forest ham or sliced turkey or chicken.
  • Add sliced pepperoncini or banana peppers for a zesty flavor. Pat the peppers dry before using.
  • After buttering the top of the ring, sprinkle with sesame seeds or coarse sea salt if desired.
  • Dipping sauces: Ranch dressing or honey mustard.
  • Recipe can be doubled: use 2 cans of crescent dough and double the other ingredients. Make a single, larger ring with the dough – make sure it fits your pan. To make it easier to form the ring, place a 4-5” bowl in the center of your pan then lay the dough around the bowl. Assemble as directed. The baking time will increase by 5-7 minutes.
  • Leftovers: these are best eaten fresh but leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. Reheat in a 350 degree F oven or in the air fryer.
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Nutritional Estimate

Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 704mg | Potassium: 92mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as a reference, using an online calculator. We recommend verifying the information independently for accuracy.

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