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This Ham And Cheese Crescent Braid is a delicious and versatile recipe that’s perfect for any occasion. Serve this easy yet impressive dish at your next party or just surprise the family with a fun twist on dinner (literally)!
If you’re looking for an easy appetizer for your holiday party table, you’ll love this hot ham and cheese crescent braid recipe. It’s a warm and flaky pastry filled with chopped ham and melted cheese in a tangy honey mustard sauce.
Perfect for any gathering from holiday cocktails to game day snacks, this easy dish is always a crowd pleaser. It also makes a great breakfast or even a family dinner.
But the best part about this recipe is that there are only 4 ingredients and it’s quick to assemble and bake. Give this delicious recipe a try and you may never go back to making ordinary sandwiches again!
Why We Love This Recipe
Pretty presentation – The braided dough and colorful toppings give this dish an impressive look that’s perfect for any special occasion.
Great for Parties – This warm and savory pastry is a crowd-pleasing treat that belongs on any holiday party table.
Quick and Easy – Did somebody say four ingredients? Refrigerated crescent roll dough and just a few other simple ingredients make this easy and delicious appetizer incredibly simple to prepare.
- Refrigerated crescent dough
- Precooked ham, chopped
- Sharp cheddar cheese
- Honey mustard, plus extra for dipping
- Fresh parsley for garnish
How To Make A Ham And Cheese Braid
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Step 2: Reserve about 2-3 tablespoons of the ham and cheese for topping. Combine chopped ham, cheese, and honey mustard in a large bowl. Stir to combine.
Step 3: Unroll the crescent dough sheet into a rectangle on the parchment paper. If you’ve bought the kind with the perforation, you’ll want to press the seams together. Drop large spoonfuls of the ham mixture down the middle of the crescent sheet. Using a pizza cutter, cut strips along each side of the dough.
Step 4: To form your braid, simply lift a strip from each side of the dough and gently lay them across the filling. Continue alternating strips on each side, all the way down, then top the braid with the reserved ham and cheese.
Optional: Brush the top with an egg white or egg wash to give your braid a more golden color.
Step 5: Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until the crescent dough is golden brown. Slice and serve.
Tips & Tricks
- Chopped bell peppers, onions, or even broccoli would be a great addition to the crescent filling.
- Try using mozzarella or Swiss cheese in place of the cheddar or use a blend of your favorite cheeses.
- Use up your leftovers! This is a great way to use up leftover ham, cheese, veggies and more.
- Serve with dipping sauces such as honey mustard dressing, dijon mustard, ranch dressing or even marinara sauce.
- Rather than using an entire sheet of dough, you can make individual stuffed crescent rolls.
- While we love this savory version, you can also make a sweet version with ingredients like cream cheese, berries and even Nutella. Drizzle a little chocolate over the top for an extra decadent version.
How Do I Store It?
This recipe tastes best when served immediately. However, if you do need to store leftovers, you can put them in an airtight container in the fridge for 1-2 days.
What Should I Serve with this Dish?
Although it’s a great party appetizer, you can also make this into a complete meal. You can serve it with any side that you would serve with a sandwich. French fries, chips, potato salad, or a green salad would all be great choices. It would also be delicious paired with your favorite soup.
What Else Can I Make With Crescent Rolls
We love crescent roll recipes because there are so many fun variations! Try these cream cheese stuffed crescent rolls for breakfast, Hawaiian pizza crescent rolls for lunch or add these rosemary crescents to your dinner menu.
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Ham And Cheese Crescent Braid
- 1 ½ cups precooked ham chopped
- 1 cup cheddar cheese we used sharp cheddar
- ¼ cup honey mustard plus extra for dipping
- 1 can crescent rolls 8 count size
- Fresh parsley for garnish
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Set aside about 2-3 tablespoons of the ham and cheese for topping.1 ½ cups precooked ham, 1 cup cheddar cheese
- Combine chopped ham, cheese, and honey mustard in a large bowl. Stir to combine.1 ½ cups precooked ham, 1 cup cheddar cheese, ¼ cup honey mustard
- Unroll the crescent dough sheet into a rectangle on the parchment and press the seams together. Drop large spoonfuls of the ham and cheese mixture down the middle of the crescent sheet. Using a pizza cutter, cut strips along each side of the dough.1 can crescent rolls
- Braid the strips over the ham and cheese mixture, then top the braid with the reserved ham and cheese.
- Bake for 16-20 minutes, or until the crescent dough is golden brown. Garnish with fresh parsley, then slice and serve.Fresh parsley for garnish