The glorious appetizer. We all love snacking, and there’s nothing better than enjoying tiny portions of deliciousness meant to be consumed in one or two bites. Crescent roll appetizers are perfect for parties, events, small plates, weekend snacks, or packing in your lunchbox.
Crescent roll appetizers are super versatile and easy to customize. You can fancy them up, or keep them basic, so you’ll be able to make something for both kids and adults with a range of palates. Picky eaters? No problem. Fancy night hosting the boss? Done. Crescent rolls have got you covered.
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Appetizers or Hors d’oeuvres
The word appetizer appeared in the Americas and England around the mid 1800s and originally referred to small bites served between courses as a refresher. Over time, the pre-meal portions took over as the more common definition. In many cases, appetizers are considered the first course of a meal once you are seated at the table.
Hors d’oeuvres, a term that dates back to 17th century France, is a term that is sometimes used interchangeably with appetizers. However, this French word more specifically refers to small snack-sized portions served prior to a meal, usually with cocktails, and are meant to be eaten easily in one bite while standing and socializing.
Two major differences that you may consider? According to “experts” appetizers are usually eaten in 3 to 4 bites with a fork or spoon, while hors d’oeuvres are eaten with the fingers in two bites or less.
Does it matter which word you use? That depends. We love this type of food regardless of the terminology, so it probably won’t matter in a casual environment. But if you’re hosting something fancy, you may want to be more specific.
For the purpose of this page, we’re going to include recipes that apply to both terms.
What Are The Most Popular Appetizers?
We’ve come a long way from pigs in a blanket — although these are still a popular finger food at many American celebrations and events. What are some other classic appetizers?
- Deviled Eggs
- Cocktail Meatballs
- Cheese or Chili Dip
- Cocktail Shrimp
- Hush Puppies
- Cheese Balls
- Tea Sandwiches
- Pimiento Cheese
- Roasted and Seasoned Nuts
- Crab Cakes
While you still see most of these served as appetizers from time to time, modern food trends have ramped up the appetizer game. Now, you’re likely to see some form of:
- Charcuterie Boards
- Fruit & Cheese Plates
- Fried Mac & Cheese Balls
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Jalapeño Poppers
This is obviously not a list that we can complete here as the options are nearly endless. Crescent roll dough is ideal for creating appetizers and hors d’oeuvres. The dough is versatile; it can be used in a number of ways and paired with almost any flavor profile. The dough can be formed into cups, pockets, rolls, swirls, twists, rings, braids, and more. Need inspiration? Check out Pillsbury’s Crescent Roll Hacks to learn how to fold or twist new shapes with your dough.
Most crescent roll appetizer recipes require baking in the oven. But they can also be made in the air fryer, so we’re including some recipes for that too, because a quick prep recipe that can be cooked in minutes in the air fryer makes things that much easier.
Crescent Roll Dough and Dietary Restrictions
Vegan & Paleo Crescent Roll Dough
Did you know that Pillsbury’s Original Crescent Roll Dough is vegan? That’s right. If you are cooking vegetarian or vegan, you can use the brands original crescent roll dough because it is free of any animal derived ingredients.
If you’re looking for a Paleo alternative to crescent roll dough, try these Paleo yeast free crescent rolls. They are gluten free, dairy free, refined-sugar free, yeast free, and made with all-natural ingredients.
Gluten Free Crescent Roll Dough
Pillsbury does not have a gluten-free crescent roll dough alternative. If you want to try another brand that does have a gluten free option, Mom’s Place Gluten-Free Crescent Rolls are made with white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca flour, organic evaporated cane sugar, salt, xanthan gum, and yeast. All you need to do is add milk, butter, and an egg white.
If you prefer to make gluten-free crescent roll dough yourself, try this Best Ever Gluten Free Crescent Rolls recipe. These are as close to the real thing as you can get.
Ready to get started on your crescent roll appetizers? Check out the recipe ideas below.
Try these other delicious crescent roll recipes!
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- Crescent Roll Rings
- Crescent Roll Breakfast Recipes
- Crescent Roll Dessert Recipes