Antipasto Squares – Indulge yourself in the world of mouthwatering flavors with this recipe, for Antipasto Squares. It’s a combination of tastes wrapped in a warm and comforting crescent roll embrace. Picture layers of ham, salami, pepperoni, and two kinds of cheese perfectly mingling with peppers. Not only does this appetizer look fantastic. It also tastes absolutely divine!
I still remember the first time I prepared these squares. It was one lazy Sunday when I wanted to create something unique yet easy to make. To my surprise, they became a hit! Even my husband, who usually doesn’t shower compliments easily went back for seconds while my little one couldn’t help but call them “yummy squares.” Now they’ve become a must-have for our family gatherings.
What makes this Antipasto Squares truly exceptional?
What makes this Antipasto Squares recipe truly exceptional is its versatility. It effortlessly transitions from being an appetizer to becoming a course for casual dinners. The simple preparation method involves layering and baking making it accessible, for novice cooks. The best part? With its winning combination of deli ingredients, it never fails to please the crowd—making it the ultimate go-to dish for any gathering or potluck event.
What You Need To Make This Antipasto Squares Recipe?
Refrigerated Crescent Rolls/Sheet: These are your dish’s foundation, giving it structure and a delightful flakiness. If you opt for crescent rolls over the sheet, remember to press those seams together well for a seamless layer.
Deli Ham: A mild yet savory addition, the ham brings a lovely tenderness. Ensure it’s thinly sliced for easy layering.
Salami: This brings a hint of spiciness and a distinct flavor. As with all deli meats, the thinner the slice, the easier it is to layer and bite into.
Pepperoni: A favorite for many, its slightly tangy and spicy kick is sure to tantalize the taste buds. Again, thin slices work best.
Provolone Cheese: With its smooth texture and mild taste, provolone is a delightful addition. It melts beautifully, adding creaminess to the dish.
Swiss Cheese: Its nutty and sweet flavor complements the other ingredients superbly. Plus, those little holes? They’re a signature characteristic and ensure even melting.
Roasted Red Peppers: These add a sweet and smoky dimension. Always drain them well before use to avoid making the dish soggy.
Eggs: They act as a binder for the dish, holding all the lovely layers together. Fresh eggs will give the best results.
Grated Parmesan Cheese: This isn’t just about the cheesy goodness; it’s about adding a slightly salty, nutty undertone that elevates the overall flavor.
Basil Pesto: A zesty addition, basil pesto brings freshness and an aromatic hint. Even in small quantities, its presence is beautifully evident.
Steps To Make Antipasto Squares:
Step 1: Start by preheating your oven to 350ºF. Give a 9×13 inch pan a spray, with some cooking spray to prevent sticking.
Step 2: Begin with one can of crescent rolls. Gently press it into the bottom of your pan ensuring an even base.
Step 3: Now comes the exciting part! Layer the ham first followed by cheese, salami, provolone, pepperoni and red peppers. It’s like building a tower of deliciousness.
Step 4: Roll out the package of crescent rolls. Carefully place it on top. Make sure to press the seams for a crust.
Step 5: In a bowl combine eggs, parmesan cheese and fragrant basil pesto. Mix well. Drizzle it over the crescent rolls. Don’t forget to cover the pan with aluminum foil for the next step.
Step 6: Place the covered dish, in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Then remove the foil. Let it cook uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes. I know waiting can be tough but trust me it will be worth it!
Step 7: Perfectly baked, cut them into mouthwatering squares. Savor each delicious bite!
To add taste and crunch gently apply a layer of olive oil infused with minced garlic and a touch of Italian seasoning, on the upper layer of the crescent before baking. This not only imparts a golden color to the top but also adds a hint of Mediterranean essence, to every bite.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I prepare these in advance?
Of course! You can definitely prepare these ahead of time. Simply assemble them the day before and refrigerate. When you’re ready to serve just pop them in the oven.
Can I use other types of meat or cheese?
Absolutely! Feel free to get creative with types of deli meats and cheeses. You can experiment with combinations. Just make sure not to make the layers too thick.
How do I store any leftovers?
If you have any leftovers store them in an airtight container, in the refrigerator. They still taste delicious when reheated!
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