Crescent Rolls with Bruschetta & Mozzarella

Easy Crescent Roll recipe stuffed with bruschetta and mozzarella for an appetizer or dinner side win!

This Crescent roll recipe is soft, buttery, and cheesy made with Pillsbury crescent rolls and packed with pre-made Italian basil bruschetta. It simply doesn’t get any easier – or more delicious! You can assemble the crescent rolls ahead of time, make ahead of time and even freeze – all instructions included!

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crescent roll Recipe

Is it crescent or croissant?  I really don’t know, but either way, I’m convinced you could stuff a Pillsbury crescent roll with almost anything and it would taste delicious.  And from unashamed personal experience, I know if you stuff the soft, buttery flaky dough with bruschetta and mozzarella – you won’t be able to stop stuffing your face.

Although I love to make homemade dough  – like my recent Soft and Fluffy Dinner Rolls and Buttery Parmesan Breadsticks –  I really only make homemade baked goods for special occasions, (with the exception of my Perfect Pizza Crust because it makes the pizza!), so this 3 Ingredient crescent roll recipe comes in handy  as a tasty side or appetizer because it is easy enough for everyday, but delicious enough for company.

To make this easy crescent roll recipe, the premade dough is first spread with jarred bruschetta.  I actually picked up bruschetta by accident instead of plain sun-dried tomatoes (the bruschetta is made with sun-dried tomatoes, basil, garlic, etc.) and that is how this whole “recipe” started.  I honestly didn’t even know they made jarred “Bruschetta” but I am so glad I know now!

The bruschetta is then topped with mozzarella cheese and then the crescent rolls are rolled up and baked to golden, cheesy perfection. How easy is that?!

a pile Pillsbury crescent rolls

Pillsbury crescent rolls

I recommend Pillsbury crescent rolls for this crescent roll recipe because they are super easy to work with, bake up buttery, flaky and delicious. You will need one 8 oz. can Pillsbury™ crescent rolls. I always like to keep some stocked in the refrigerator because then I can whip up these crescent rolls at a moments notice.

Of course, if you have a favorite crescent roll recipe, you are more than welcome to use that – the crescent rolls will just require more than a moment’s notice ;).

How to Make crescent roll recipe

Step 1: Prepare Dough

  • Pop the can of Pillsbury crescent rolls.
  • Roll crescent roll dough out on a nonslip mat or parchment paper so it doesn’t stick. Alternatively you can roll out on a lightly floured surface.
  • Separate the dough along the proliferated lines to create 8 triangles.

Step 2: Add filling

  • Spread 1 heaping tablespoon bruschetta on each triangle, keeping the edges clear so it won’t squeeze out the sides once rolled.
  • Top bruschetta with 1 heaping tablespoon mozzarella cheese.
showing how to make crescent roll recipe by adding bruschetta to the crescent roll dough
showing how to make crescent roll recipe by topping filling with cheese

Step 3: Roll

  1. Roll up each triangle, starting at shortest side and rolling to opposite point.
  2. Place crescent rolls on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a nonstick mat.
showing how to make crescent roll recipe by rolling up Pillsbury crescent rolls

Step 4: Bake

  • Bake crescent roll recipe at 375 degrees F for 10-14 minutes or until golden.
  • And in just a few minutes and with only 3 ingredients, golden, buttery, cheesy Bruschetta Crescent rolls coming out of your oven and oozing, melty cheese, sundried tomatoes, basil, garlic in a soft, puffy, flaky buttery crescent are stuffing your mouth.   
  • Because life is too short to just eat one.
showing how to make crescent roll recipe by baking Pillsbury crescent rolls until golden

Make Ahead Crescent Roll Recipe

  • Crescent rolls can be filled and shaped, then placed on prepared baking sheet up to 2 hours before baking. Do not make more than 2 hours before baking or they will not rise as well.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • Add an additional 2-3 minutes to baking time.

How to Keep Crescent Rolls Warm

  1. Heat dry beans by wrapping them in a kitchen towel and microwaving until warm.  Alternatively, you can heat balls of foil in the oven while cooking the crescent rolls and add those to the bottom of the basket.
  2. Place heated beans in the bottom of a napkin lined basket and add the warm crescent rolls.
  3. Wrap the crescent rolls with sides of the napkin that line the basket or top with another clean kitchen towel.

WHAT GOES WITH crescent rolls?

Crescent rolls go with practically everything! Any time you would reach for a dinner roll or have crusty bread with a meal – you can use this crescent roll recipe instead. They pair particularly well with Italian food, pastas and soups such as:

You can also serve them with soups and saucy recipes so that you can mop up leftovers with them. I also love to serve my breadsticks with:

Pillsbury crescent roll recipe bitten in half

HOW LONG DO CRESCENT ROLLS LAST?

Pillsbury crescent rolls are best consumed within 5-7 days, otherwise they can be frozen (see section below).

HOW DO YOU STORE CRESCENT ROLL Recipe?

  • This crescent roll recipe should be refrigerated due to the cheese and bruschetta.
  • To store, let crescent rolls cool to room temperature. Cooling them first is important to you don’t trap in excess condensation.
  • Place crescent rolls in an air-tight bag and squeeze out excess air or wrap them in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate until ready to eat.

HOW DO YOU REHEAT PILLSBURY CRESCENT ROLLS?

I could eat leftover room temperature crescent rolls for days, but they are even 100X better warmed! To reheat crescent rolls:

  • OVEN: Wrap crescent rolls in foil to keep them from drying out. Place foil package on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F until warmed through, about 10 minutes.
  • MICROWAVE: Wrap crescent rolls in moistened paper towels and place on a microwave-safe plate. Warm on low power for 20-30 seconds. Check to see if warm. Repeat if necessary.

CAN I FREEZE Crescent rolls?

Yes, you can freeze the crescent rolls after they are baked for an easy, make ahead dinner or entertaining side. Here’s how:

  1. Let crescent rolls cool completely.
  2. Place baking sheet in the freezer and freeze crescent rolls until solid, about 1 hour.
  3. Add crescent rolls to a freezer bag, squeeze out excess air and label.
  4. Alternatively, you can skip the flash freeze and wrap each crescent individually in plastic wrap before adding to a freezer bag.
  5. Freeze crescent rolls for up to 3 months. 

HOW TO REHEAT FROZEN Crescent rolls

  1. Thaw crescent rolls overnight in the refrigerator OR place them in a greased microwave-safe dish and microwave 1-2 minutes, or until thawed.
  2. To warm, place crescent rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until warmed through.
pulling a Pillsbury crescent roll in half with cheese

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Bruschetta Crescent Rolls

This Crescent roll recipe is soft, buttery, and cheesy made with Pillsbury crescent rolls and packed with pre-made Italian basil bruschetta. It simply doesn't get any easier - or more delicious! You can assemble the crescent rolls ahead of time, make ahead of time and even freeze - all instructions included!
Servings: 8
Total Time: 29 mins
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 14 mins

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Ingredients

  • 1 8.5 jar Bruschetta with Italian Basil
  • 1 8 oz. can Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  • 2/3 cup Mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Separate dough into 8 triangles.
  • Spread 1 heaping tablespoon Bruschetta on each triangle, keeping the edges clear, then sprinkle with 1 heaping tablespoon mozzarella cheese.
  • Roll up each triangle, starting at shortest side and rolling to opposite point and place on a baking tray lined with parchment paper or a nonstick mat.
  • Bake at 375F degrees for 10-14 minutes or until golden.

Notes

Make Ahead 

  • Crescent rolls can be filled and shaped, then placed on prepared baking sheet up to 2 hours before baking.
  • Do not make more than 2 hours before baking or they will not rise as well.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.
  • Add an additional 2-3 minutes to baking time.

Storage

  • This crescent roll recipe should be refrigerated due to the cheese and bruschetta.
  • To store, let crescent rolls cool to room temperature. Cooling them first is important to you don’t trap in excess condensation.
  • Place crescent rolls in an air-tight bag and squeeze out excess air or wrap them in plastic wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 5-7 days, otherwise they can be frozen (see section below).

HOW TO YOU REHEAT 

  • OVEN: Wrap crescent rolls in foil to keep them from drying out. Place foil package on a baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F until warmed through, about 10 minutes.
  • MICROWAVE: Wrap crescent rolls in moistened paper towels and place on a microwave-safe plate. Warm on low power for 20-30 seconds. Check to see if warm. Repeat if necessary.

How to Freeze

Yes, you can freeze the crescent rolls after they are baked for an easy, make ahead dinner or entertaining side. Here's how:
  1. Let crescent rolls cool completely.
  2. Place baking sheet in the freezer and freeze crescent rolls until solid, about 1 hour.
  3. Add crescent rolls to a freezer bag, squeeze out excess air and label.
  4. Alternatively, you can skip the flash freeze and wrap each crescent individually in plastic wrap before adding to a freezer bag.
  5. Freeze crescent rolls for up to 3 months.
  6. When ready to eat, thaw crescent rolls overnight in the refrigerator OR place them in a greased microwave-safe dish and microwave 1-2 minutes, or until thawed.
  7. To warm, place crescent rolls on a parchment lined baking sheet.
  8. Bake at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes or until warmed through.

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11 Comments

  1. Kim says

    This looks so good! I’ve seen so many of the pizza with crescent rolls but never one like this and it looks incredible.

    • Jen says

      Thanks Kim! I love the additional flavor the bruschetta adds!

  2. shelby says

    love easy recipes like this one and it looks so tasty too!

  3. Maggie says

    I had no idea they made jarred bruschetta! So today when I was at the store, I had to buy some just to make these to go with dinner tonight. My husband is going to go nuts over these.

    • Jen says

      I didn’t know either until I bought some by accident and then came up with these 🙂 I am so happy your husband loves them!

  4. Ria says

    What brand bruschetta did you use? There’s so many diff types, with three ingredients it matters! also did you use fresh mozzarella or packaged shredded.

    Thanks!!

    • Jen says

      Hi Ria, honestly this recipe is years old so I don’t remember – sorry! I prefer fresh mozzarella – freshly grated always melts better. Enjoy!

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