These Antipasto Squares make the best easy appetizer for any occasion! They are savory, crispy, and have a little kick. They are prepared super fast, so you can also make this recipe as a last-minute lunch or dinner.
Italian Antipasto Squares Recipe
“Antipasto” is the Italian equivalent of the English “appetizer.” It’s the first course of a formal meal. Traditionally it is several bite-sized foods served on a platter that are meant to stimulate your appetite. These antipasto squares do just that. They are filled with layers of Italian meats and Cheeses baked to perfection on store-bought crescent rolls.
I love making these for parties. They are a huge hit as a game-day appetizer. I prepare the antipasto squares at home and bring the baking dish wrapped in foil so I can serve them warm and gooey if I am bringing them to a family member or friend’s home. They also reheat well, so we all find ourselves fighting over the leftovers.
What You’ll Need
You don’t need many ingredients for this recipe. Below are my favorite meats and cheeses for this antipasto squares recipe.
- Crescent Rolls
- Deli Ham: You can use any variety you like for this including a smoked or honey ham.
- Sliced Pepperoni
- Genoa Salami: Hard salami can be used in place of Genoa if you prefer.
- Sliced Provolone Cheese
- Sliced Mozzarella Cheese
- Banana Peppers
- Butter: Melted for brushing onto the crescent rolls.
- Parmesan Cheese: Freshly grated or prepackaged will work great.
- Italian Seasoning
How to Make Antipasto Squares
This antipasto appetizer is so easy to make! All you have to do is layer all of the ingredients and bake to perfection.
- Step 1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F and grease a 9×13 baking dish.
- Step 2. Open one of the package of crescent roll dough and unroll them into the bottom of the baking dish. Pinch the seams together.
- Step 3. Layer ham, pepperoni, salami, provolone, mozzarella, and banana peppers on the crescent roll. Make sure they are even.
- Step 4. Using the second tube, unroll the crescent dough and place them over top of the antipasto square filling. Press down so it covers the layers evenly, and gently pinch the seams together.
- Step 5. Brush the melted butter on top of the dough and sprinkle with parmesan and Italian seasoning.
- Step 6. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden and the filling is hot. The cheese should be melty and bubbly at the edges.
- Step 7. Allow it to cool for a few minutes before cutting it into squares.
- Step 8. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
How to Store Leftovers
You can store leftover Antipasto Squares in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap once they have cooled completely. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. They are best reheated in a 350-degree F oven until warm.
Tips and Tricks
- Customize the filling however you see fit! Substitute the cheeses with cheddar, fontina, or gouda, even Swiss cheese would work. Add roasted red bell peppers, olives, or artichoke hearts.
- Marinara sauce, pesto, and creamy garlic sauce are my favorite dip ideas.
- Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of garlic powder on top before baking for more flavor.
- For a fun twist turn them into pepperoni squares by just using pepperoni! They taste almost like pizza.
More Easy Appetizer Recipes
- Pepperoni Pizza Sliders
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Italian Pinwheels
- Blooming Quesadilla Ring
- Sausage Balls
- 2 Tubes of Crescent Rolls
- ½ Pound Deli Ham
- ¼ Pound Sliced Pepperoni
- ¼ Pound Genoa Salami
- ¼ Pound Sliced Provolone
- ¼ Pound Sliced Mozzarella
- ½ Cup Banana Peppers sliced
- 2 Tablespoons Melted Butter
- ¼ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly grease a 9×13-inch baking dish.
- Unroll one tube of crescent roll dough and press it into the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Pinching the seams to hold them together.
- Layer the deli ham, pepperoni, salami, provolone, mozzarella and banana peppers evenly over the crescent roll layer.
- Unroll the second rube of crescent roll dough and place it over the top, gently pressing it down to ver the filling completely. Pinch the seams together.
- Brush the melted butter over the top of the crescent roll dough, sprinkle on the parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
- Bake in a preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the filling is heated through.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool for a few minutes before cutting into squares.
- Serve the Antipasto Squares with a side of marinara sauce or pesto for dipping. Enjoy!