Easy Antipasto Squares

The appetizer that can pass as a meal, Easy Antipasto Squares are hearty and satisfying. Layers of Italian Antipasto meat and cheeses are baked in between refrigerated crescent dough until golden brown and perfect. Our favorite snack for holiday parties and tailgating!

Antipasto Crescent Roll Square on a blue and white check plate.

All the leaves are pretty much gone from the trees right now and we’re hurling right towards winter like a runaway train.  I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year because it’s getting colder and summer is now a distant memory BUT Christmas decorations will soon be going up all over the house AND all the parties will be happening! 

I think people party more in the winter months to keep their minds off the fact that is frigid outside and there’s nothing else better to do than spend time with friends, family and a few snacks. Don’t you agree? So I like to have a few easy appetizer recipes to whip up quickly without breaking a sweat and these Easy Italian Antipasto Squares are on repeat all season long.

I always wanted to have a tree trimming party but because I’m pretty much a perfectionist when it comes to tree decorating I never end up following through. Plus, decorating the tree was always a family thing when I was little and my mom actually would leave the ornaments where we put them.  I should try that this year….but….well, I’ll try.

Antipasto Squares on a white platter.

Anyway, if I had a tree trimming party these Antipasto Squares would be on the menu along with with this easy Rum Punch. We LOVE to serve these at game day gatherings, too, because you can bake the whole recipe in a casserole dish then cut them up and serve them right in the dish! One dish to clean, easy peasy pumpkin squeezy!

 

ITALIAN ANTIPASTO SQUARES

Antipasto squares, or Italian Crescent Bake, are an easy appetizer you can assemble ahead of time then bake right before you’re ready to serve at your party. 

They’re made of refrigerated crescent roll dough with layers of Italian meat and cheeses then baked until a golden brown, cheesy, crusty amazingness. The best part about this recipe is you can make your Antipasto Squares with puff pastry, too, if you’re looking for something a little more flaky.

Also, you can switch out any of the meat or cheese for some of your favorites, I stayed true to my favorite Italian Sub recipe and used classic Italian meats that we commonly find in our local hoagies here in the Philly area.

Crescent roll dough in a baking dish with italian meat and cheese on a platter.

HOW TO MAKE ANTIPASTO SQUARES

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Line the bottom of the baking dish with one roll of crescents and pinch the seams together.
  3. Layer the capicola (italian ham), salami, pepperoni, provolone and Monterey Jack. 
  4. Top with the pepperoncini and then roll out the second crescent roll dough over top. Pinch the seams together.
  5. Brush the top layer of crescent roll dough with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Season with Italian Seasoning and garlic powder.
  6. Bake the antipasto squares for 35 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.

Layering of Antipasto Squares in a baking dish with meat and cheese.

Allow your crescent roll squares to cool for about 15 minutes before slicing so they have time to set. 

You can make a variety of crescent roll sandwiches just by mixing up what you put inside. A few of my favorites have been with roast beef and swiss cheese for a fun twist on a French Dip and ham with swiss because everyone loves a hot ham and cheese sandwich!

pepperoncini on top of colby jack cheese in a baking dish.

WHAT TO SERVE WITH ANTIPASTO SQUARES

Since you’re most likely serving these crescent squares at a party, you’ll want to round out the menu with a few other easy starters.  We love these easy Antipasto Skewers and they’re a fresh take on the ever popular charcuterie board!

Antipasto skewers on a white square platter.

Catch all the behind the scenes in our kitchen over on Instagram! We love to share over there!

Close up of Antipasto Squares.

Easy Antipasto Squares

Course: Appetizer, lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: antipasto squares, crescent roll
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 426.14 kcal
Author: Kellie

Layers of Italian flavor are packed into these Easy Antipasto Squares and they're simple to make. Italian meat and cheeses are baked between crescent roll dough for the ultimate appetizer.

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Ingredients

  • 2 8 ounce cans crescent roll dough
  • 1/4 lb thinly sliced capicola
  • 1/4 lb pepperoni
  • 1/4 lb thinly sliced salami
  • 1/2 lb thinly sliced provolone cheese
  • 1/2 lb sliced colby jack
  • 1 cup pepperoncini
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp Italian Seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. Line the bottom of the baking dish with one roll of crescents and pinch the seams together.
  3. Layer the capicola (italian ham), salami, pepperoni, provolone and Colby Jack.

  4. Top with the pepperoncini and then roll out the second crescent roll dough over top. Pinch the seams together.
  5. Brush the top layer of crescent roll dough with olive oil and sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Season with Italian Seasoning and garlic powder.
  6. Bake the antipasto squares for 35 minutes until golden brown and cooked through.
  7. Allow the Antipasto Squares to cool for 15 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Notes

Crescent squares can be assembled up to 24 hours in advance and stored in the refrigerator wrapped tightly with plastic wrap. 

To bake, allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Antipasto Squares
Amount Per Serving
Calories 426.14 Calories from Fat 317
% Daily Value*
Fat 35.26g54%
Saturated Fat 16.37g102%
Cholesterol 86.24mg29%
Sodium 1321.07mg57%
Potassium 210.64mg6%
Carbohydrates 2.94g1%
Fiber 1.06g4%
Sugar 0.71g1%
Protein 25.73g51%
Vitamin A 568.48IU11%
Vitamin C 12.82mg16%
Calcium 487.56mg49%
Iron 1.49mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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