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If you’re looking for a hearty, man-friendly appetizer, these Antipasto Squares, filled with Italian meat and cheeses are the answer! This twist on Antipasto disappeared at a cocktail party a couple weeks ago.

Perfect for game day, too, these squares make a delicious, out of the ordinary Antipasto Platter!

Antipasto Squares on a square white plate

Easy Antipasto Squares

I first learned about this recipe back in 2010 from some foodie friends. Because of their rave reviews, I tested it out at a pedicure party for our Decorators’ Show House Functions chairs. Most of the ingredients can be found prepackaged in the deli department of your grocery store, plus two packages of Pillsbury Crescent rolls in the refrigerator aisle. The wine was flowing and the girls loved this Antipasto appetizer! It was time to make these antipasto squares again for another event, this time for drinks and appetizers at a neighbor’s house.

Overhead view of Antipasto Squares on a white oval platter

Antipasto Platter

While I’m a huge fan of Antipasto Skewers, they aren’t heavy enough for a cocktail party over the dinner hour. Our hosts had yummy beef tenderloin sandwiches, but from my experience, I knew the hubby would want another substantial appetizer.

This recipe for Antipasto Squares is super easy with the aid of a shortcut, Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. Though I prefer to make recipes from scratch, I knew this appetizer recipe would be a hit even if it was semi-homemade. We came home with an empty platter, if that tells you anything!

What is Antipasto?

When you think of antipasto, your mind drifts to Italian cuisine. The word antipasto is derived from the Latin root words, “anti” meaning before and “pasto” meaning meal. So antipasto is anything served before a meal. Antipasto (singular) or Antipasti (plural) isn’t traditionally served in Italian home unless it’s a special meal.

What is Served on an Antipasto Platter?

The typical American Antipasto Platter contains meats, cheeses and vegetables. For meats, select Prosciutto, hard salami, mortadella, or whatever Italian meats you find in the deli case. Cheeses should reflect a variety of textures and flavors, not necessarily limited to Italian cheeses. I like a blue cheese, Swiss, cheddar and a double or triple creme cheese, like a Brie. Vegetables help round out this easy appetizer with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, marinated artichoke hearts and roasted peppers being favorites.

Breads are also necessary to accompany the meats and cheeses. Break sticks, slices of a baguette, crostini, and/or crackers are all delicious options. Arranging all the components in a beautiful, artistic way is what makes antipasti so appealing. We eat with our eyes first!

Antipasto Squares lined up on a rectangular platter

How to Make Antipasto Squares

You can certainly tweak these antipasto squares to your liking, adding the cold cuts and cheeses of your choice.  I’ve also made a version with puff pastry, but the layers are much more visible in this antipasto recipe. Besides being beautiful this “antipasto” incorporates all those wonderful flavors in every bite.

  • Line the pan with non-stick foil. This makes for easy removal of the squares for cutting.
  • Cool before slicing, but serve at room temperature.
  • Start by placing one roll of crescent roll dough over the bottom of the pan, without separating the triangles. Press together the seams. 
  • Next, layer the ingredients in order.
  • Some lightly beaten eggs help glue this appetizer together. Reserve a bit to paint over the top layer of crescent rolls to provide a nice sheen.
  • Before the egg wash, top with the remaining sheet of crescent roll dough. Place it on a floured surface and gently press together the seams. Roll with a floured rolling pin lightly, if desired, just enough to seal the seams and smooth out the dough. If you press to firmly, the dough will be too thin and bigger than the 9 x 13-inch pan. If this happens, just trim the dough.
  • Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and bake!

These Antipasto Squares would be a perfect appetizer for the Super Bowl or at any game day gathering; the menfolk would scarf this down in an instant. Hope you enjoy!!

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Antipasto Squares

Antipasto Squares

The classic ingredients of antipasto encased in pastry for a delicious appetizer!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 12 servings

Ingredients

Antipasto Squares

  • 2 packages Pillsbury Crescent rolls
  • 1/4 lb Swiss cheese, sliced
  • 1/4 lb Provolone cheese, sliced
  • 1/4 lb Genoa salami, sliced
  • 1/4 lb Prosciutto
  • 1/4 lb sliced pepperoni
  • About 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Small jar of roasted red bell peppers, drained and chopped
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a  9 x 13-inch pan with non-stick foil or spray with Pam.
  2. Layer one package of the crescent rolls on the bottom of the pan. Pat the seams to fuse.
  3. Then layer salami, provolone, prosciutto, Swiss, pepperoni, and Parmesan.
  4. Sprinkle with the chopped red peppers.
  5. Pour about 3/4 of the egg mixture on top. Cover with the remaining package of crescent rolls. Brush top with remaining egg.
  6. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 15-30 minutes until top is browned.
  7. Cool and slice into squares.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

2 squares

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228 Total Fat: 17g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8g Cholesterol: 76mg Sodium: 790mg Carbohydrates: 4g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 1g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 14g

Perfectly polished toes of our volunteer friends! This post was first shared in June, 2010. Text and photos were updated in 2019.

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15 comments on “Antipasto Squares”

  1. Made this last night, it was delicious !! I did make 2 changes, I had on hand pillsbury pizza dough, so instead of crescent rolls I used pizza dough. And only used the egg wash on the top, none inside. We will be using this for the Super Bowl party. Thanks!!

  2. I love “man-friendly appetizer.” What an awesome quote. 😀
    Seriously, these look amazing. Such a great appetizer, lunch OR dinner. YUM! ~Valentina

  3. Such a neat idea! I actually would love to have them with a salad or soup for the lunch :-))

  4. These are right up my alley I can’t wait to make these for Christmas Day what a great recipe wow I am drooling over these !

  5. Man friendly indeed! This sounds like a great party appy Liz! Happy Holiday Planning Season:@)

  6. These are so perfect for holiday parties! No silverware required and SO much flavor. Putting this on the menu for our neighborhood get-together next week!

  7. I just printed this recipe. What fun! Man friendly and Mimi friendly!!! This is nothing like I’ve seen before, and I can’t wait to make them. I can’t for Thanksgiving because of my vegetarian/pescatarian daughter, but in December we have lots of plans for eating! Thanks!

  8. I’ve also made these with turkey, ham and roast beef. Delicious!

  9. Dear Liz, now that looks like a fantastic alternative to those pizza wheels I keep making – which we also love but those layers of delicious Italian ingredients sandwiched between crescent roll dough sounds extremly tempting to me. Plus I love the ‘square look’ – makes for a nice presentation too!

  10. Love this idea! The boys would devour this platter in no time at all. Great appetizer to make ahead for any gathering. All you need is a glass of wine and you are good to go. Hope you are doing well.

  11. I am going to pin this recipe, it’s  definitely a man friendly appetizer. I might have some pieces myself.

  12. Gameday snacks, the season finale of my favorite fall shows, I don’t feel like cooking, hubby wants a snack. These are just a few occasions when I’d love to have these. Their ease of preparation is another good reason to make these.

  13. Okay, I’m in love. This recipe is perfect as an appetizer. How about for a soup/sandwich luncheon. OMG, perfect. Après ski? (Yeah, ya gotta live in Aspen.) Thanks for the thoughtful hints, notes and well-written recipe. THIS, I will do. You already know that I am not offended by semi-homemade!

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