You can stuff a croissant with anything!
I love finding a new recipe that is as easy as it looks, with as few ingredients as possible!
I found this recipe on Pinterest when I was looking for a new appetizer to try for a family birthday party. Special thanks to redskyfood.com for this super simple recipe, click here for their original pin. The recipe uses pepperoni and cheese, it was simple to make and tasted delicious.
What’s even better is this recipe lends itself to endless substitutions with any type of filling! Read more for endless substitutions!
For the last few weeks I have been using this recipe to make appetizers, snacks, dinner and even breakfast!
The only thing you need to keep on hand for this recipe is the croissant rolls. Then just use your imagination as you look around your refrigerator.
The ingredients are minimal:
#1 package of Croissant Rolls
#2 anything you want to put in them!
The original recipe called for sliced pepperoni pieces and string cheese. It doesn’t get much easier than that! One piece of string cheese made four rolls for us because we cut it in half and then again lengthwise. Then each roll only needed about 5 slices of pepperoni. So you won’t need a lot of filling to make one batch of eight rolls. After rolling up the croissants, space them evenly and cook according to package directions. I use my cookie pans with the air insulation to prevent the bottom from over-cooking. I set my timer for a minute less than the directions so that I can check them before they burn.
Since we were planning this recipe for company, we wanted to be able to cook a few hot batches during the party. These rollups were easy enough to prepare ahead of time and then stack in a container. We layered them with wax paper to prevent them from sticking to each other and left them in the fridge. When we were ready to bake them, it was very simple to transfer them to the baking pan and pop them in the oven. We were able to have a fresh batch of 16 pepperoni rolls ready to serve to guests in about 12 minutes.
These quick rollups are good for appetizers, lunch, snack, late night, or basically anytime! I have used both Pillsbury dough and the store brand and they were equally good. When the store brand was on sale, I stocked up because the tube is good for several weeks. Another great thing about this recipe is you can test it so easily. You can try four different kinds of fillings at one time, even eight if you are that ambitious. This way, if one particular combo is not too delicious, you are not wasting a whole batch. The first time we tried it, we only made two rolls to see if we liked them. Below are some of the variations we have tried.
Bacon & Cheese cheddar, mozzarella or any cheese, this is the most popular in my house.
Chicken & Cheddar this was the first new combo I tried and is a favorite with the kids. I used leftover chicken from a store cooked whole chicken.
Ham & Swiss this made a nice lunch sandwich to have with soup.
Pesto & Chicken I wasn’t planning this one but since I had a fresh jar of pesto in the fridge, it was worth a try. It was delicious, and could be my new personal favorite. I didn’t use cheese the first time but I’ll add some in my next batch.
Chicken Parmigiana Rolls this is a great idea for the leftover pieces of chicken parmigiana in the bottom of the pan.
What I like about this recipe is that it is a true, clean out the fridge recipe. When there is one small piece of broccoli and two mushrooms left, its not enough for a meal but it makes a quick snack! This is almost like making an omelet, anything you may throw into and omelet, can get rolled up in a pastry instead. This is such a perfect way to use all the leftovers in your fridge.
Broccoli & Cheese I tried both cheddar and asiago, both were delicious
Tomato, Onion & Cheese I used my smallest sauté pan, to cook the onion and tomato briefly before putting a spoonful on each pastry triangle.
Spinach, Onion, Olive & Feta this one is still on my list to try. Since all the other combos worked, I’m sure this one will too!
How do you like your egg sandwich? Just roll it up in a croissant instead!
Ham, Egg & Cheese there are so many cheese choices, its hard to decide.
Bacon, Egg & Cheese this was our favorite breakfast combo.
Sausage, Egg & Cheese try a sausage link or some chopped up sausage pieces.
Hungry Man put everything in it!
I haven’t tried all these dessert combos yet but now that I tried one, there are oh so many more to dream up! My children are perplexed since the croissants are “rolls” not cake or cookies, how could it possibly a dessert? These dessert croissants are not super sweet but that is not necessarily such a bad thing after all.
S’mores Roll chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and graham cracker crumbs. This was yummy and not too sweet. We finished them all in minutes.
Cinnamon Crunch brown sugar, cinnamon, walnuts and butter
Apple & Cinnamon use some apple pie filling, chopped a little smaller, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon or cinnamon sugar on top.
Cookie Dough, Crushed Oreos or chocolate chips, so many possibilities!
Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf – simple and delicious recipe
Plan a Party – ideas for entertaining
Strawberry & Spinach Salad with delicious poppy seed dressing
There is very likely a “fail” in one of these dessert combos since I haven’t actually tried them all, (50% worked so far). But since this is a dessert we are talking about, I’m still willing to try it and we would probably eat all the fails anyway. As long as it doesn’t have too much salt, it’s edible. See below for the salt story.
When I was little, I was excited to receive my very own Girls First Cookbook. The first recipe I tried on my own just happened to be called, Never Fail Fudge! And yes, in fact, I totally Failed it! A tsp. and tbsp. seemed the same to me, but sadly this was the salt! The batter was awful but I truly thought after I baked it, it would taste fine. Nope, salt is salt, truly awful fudge! My brother loved telling everyone how I failed a Never Fail recipe! Forty years later and he still brings it up!!