Meatball Crescent Rolls Are a Perfect Party Snack

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Meatball Crescent Rolls feature delicious meatballs wrapped in a flaky, golden crescent roll. Refrigerated crescent roll dough and frozen meatballs make these a simple, foolproof recipe, even if you don’t cook much!

These are perfect for a game day party appetizer and lots of fun for a family dinner. They are kind of like mini meatball sliders, only crispier and with a rich, buttery garlic topping that takes them to the next level. They’re the perfect combo of delicious and doable, all rolled up in one tasty package.

In this post, I will tackle everything you need to know about creating these bite-sized wonders, from how to wrap them to how to serve them. Let’s get rolling!

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Looking for more easy appetizers? Try air fryer pretzel bites, stuffed ham and cheese biscuits, or garlic cheese balls.

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🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Package of crescent roll dough: You can use any brand you like, but I usually buy whatever is on sale.
  • Frozen meatballs: I usually have a bag of pre-cooked frozen meatballs in my freezer, which are helpful for quick meals. You can use any brand you trust or homemade meatballs.
  • Marinara sauce: This gives our meatball crescent rolls that Italian pizzeria feel. Again, use your favorite brand or homemade.
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Butter
  • Garlic powder
  • Parsley
  • Parmesan cheese
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🥣How to Make Meatball Crescent Rolls

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil to make clean-up easier.
  2. Unroll the crescent roll sheets and separate the triangles. Then, cut each triangle in half to form two smaller triangles. A pizza cutter is handy for cutting the rolls.
  3. After that, cut each mozzarella cheese slice into four strips and place one strip on each triangle.
  4. Place the meatball on the cheese and brush with marinara sauce. This is where we start to see our mini-subs taking shape.
  5. Then, roll the dough around the meatball and place it on the prepared cookie sheet. Brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle with garlic powder, parsley, and parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven for 12 to 14 minutes, until the crescent roll dough is golden brown.
A wooden cutting board with several pieces of bread on it.
Unroll dough
A wooden cutting board with cheese and meatballs on it.
Add meatballs and cheese
A wooden cutting board with a cutting board and a knife.
Roll them up
A baking sheet with a tray of stuffed peppers.
Ready for baking

🍴Serving Ideas

I like to serve these golden-brown meatball sub bites as a main dish with a simple side salad. The crispy, flaky crust and the juicy, flavorful meatballs inside make a meal. A side salad with a tangy vinaigrette can cut through the richness and create a nice balance.

They are also perfect as appetizers if you want to create a more casual, party-friendly vibe. You can even stick a toothpick in each one for easy, mess-free snacking.

And, if you’ve got kids, you know the struggle to make something they’ll actually eat. These rolls are like sophisticated pigs in blankets. Serve these with a side of marinara sauce for dipping, and you’ve got a kid-friendly dinner.

Meatball crescents with dipping sauce on a wooden cutting board.

💭How to Store

Once they’re cool, you can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They’ll stay fresh for up to 3 days. Warm them in the oven or air fryer until they’re heated and crisp again.

⭐Tips

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Use whatever cheese you like best. Mozzarella is a classic pairing with meatballs, but if your family prefers cheddar, use that instead.
  • If you have the time and inclination, homemade meatballs can take this dish to the next level. But on those crazy days when time is a luxury, store-bought meatballs will do just fine.
  • This recipe works better in the oven than in an air fryer. I experimented with air frying and found the meatballs weren’t cooked through when the crescent rolls were done. So, stick with the oven to avoid frozen meatballs and burnt crescent rolls.

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Meatball Crescent Rolls Recipe

Published By Anne
Wrapped in buttery crescent dough, each meatball crescent roll is filled with a juicy meatball and melted cheese. Perfect for an appetizer or game-day snack.
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time14 minutes
Total Time24 minutes
Servings: 16
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 package crescent roll dough 8-ounce
  • 16 frozen meatballs
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon parsley
  • 1/2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Unroll the crescent roll dough and separate the triangles. Cut each triangle in half to form two smaller triangles.
    1 package crescent roll dough
  • Cut each cheese slice into four strips and place one on each crescent roll triangle.
    4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • Place the meatball on top of the cheese and brush with marinara sauce.
    16 frozen meatballs, 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • Roll the dough around the meatball and place it on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Brush the dough with melted butter and sprinkle the top with garlic powder, parsley, and parmesan cheese.
    2 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon parsley, 1/2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • Bake for 12 to 14 minutes, until the meatball bites are golden brown.

Notes

  • Substitute whatever cheese you like best.
  • Feel free to use homemade marinara sauce or homemade meatballs.
  • This recipe works better in the oven than in an air fryer. I tried air frying and found the meatballs weren’t cooked through when the crescent rolls were done. So, stick with the oven to avoid frozen meatballs and burnt crescent rolls.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 20mg | Sodium: 228mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 127IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 41mg | Iron: 0.4mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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