Crescent Roll Meatball Bites

Crescent Roll Meatball Bites

Try these easy Crescent Roll Meatball Bites for your next party or game day. They are smothered with lots of cheese and packed with flavor!

Crescent Roll Meatball Bites

My daughter’s field hockey season wrapped with a banquet for the seniors and I had made one of my favorite bar cookies, Graham Cracker Bars for the occasion. During one of the last games, a mom asked me for the recipe. While we were talking, she told me that I had to try these Crescent Roll Meatball Bites and I have finally gotten around to it. They are not only easy, they are a great side to serve with a pasta dinner, and/or great appetizer for your next party or game day gathering. They are packed with flavor and lots of cheesy goodness!

How do I make Crescent Roll Meatball Bites?

Crescent Roll Meatball Bites are so easy to make! There’s just a few simple ingredients you will need. One 8 oz can of crescent rolls, 4 oz of cream cheese, 1 packet of dry Italian seasoning, mozzarella cheese, marinara sauce and some frozen meatballs. You can use homemade meatballs too if you prefer. However, if you want to cut down on the time it takes to make these meatball bites, use the frozen ones.

Microwave meatballs according to package directions. Set aside. Spray a muffin pan with baking spray with flour. Press the crescent rolls into the cups. Beat the cream cheese, Italian seasoning and stir in some mozzarella. Spoon in the cream cheese mixture, add the meatball and top with marinara sauce and some more mozzarella cheese. Bake in a preheated oven set at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes or until the crescent rolls are golden brown. That’s it! Serve them as a side with your favorite pasta or as a bite-sized appetizer.

Pillsbury roll appetizer with marinara sauce, cheese and meat

Tips to keep the Crescent Roll Meatball Bites warm after they are done

Place a ceramic or porcelain baking dish in the oven for about 15 minutes then place your meatball bites on the dish. Ceramic and porcelain retain heat so it’s a good way to keep them warm until they are gobbled up. In addition, if you entertain a lot invest in a warming tray so that your food and appetizers will stay warm all throughout the night!

What brand of meatball should I use?

Use your favorite brand if you have one. However, I prefer to use a meatball that is about 1-2 inches in diameter. This way they will fit nicely in the muffin cup and you can really load them up with sauce and cheese. I use either the Italian Style or Homestyle and here are some brands that will work well with this recipe. Cooked Perfect, Kirkland, or FarmRich or Armour.

Can I reheat these Crescent Roll Meatball Bites?

Although they taste best right out of the oven, if you have any leftovers you can reheat them. Place them on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven at 350 for about 15-20 minutes. You can microwave them too if you don’t mid the dough losing some of its crispness.

Crescent Roll Meatball Bites-Ingredients

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp dry Italian seasoning (packet)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 frozen meatballs
  • 1/2-1 cup marinara sauce (plus more to serve on the side)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Microwave meatballs according to package directions. (about 3-5 minutes). Set aside. 
  • Spray a muffin pan with baking spray with flour.
  • Unroll crescent rolls. Separate the rolls into two sections. Use your hands to close any of the perforations. Cut the dough into 8 equal squares. 
  • Press each square into the prepared muffin cup. Smooth out the dough and do your best to mold dough up the sides. You can also use crescent rounds instead of the rolls. Just use one round per muffin cup. 
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add dry Italian seasoning and half the mozzarella cheese.
  • Spoon in 1 tablespoon of mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup. 
  • Place meatball on top of the mixture.
Pillsbury Rolls in a muffin cup with cream cheese, dry Italian dressing and mozzarella cheese with frozen Italian meatballs
  • Top with 1-2 tbsp of marinara sauce. Add additional mozzarella cheese to the top. 
Pillsbury rolls in a muffin cup with mozzarella cheese
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until the crescent rolls are golden brown and the cheese is bubbling. 
  • Remove from the oven. Let cool in the pan for about 3 minutes.
Pillsbury rolls in a muffin cup baked and topped with mozzarella cheese
  • Serve with an additional side of marinara sauce if desired.
  • Enjoy!
Crescent Roll Meatball Bites with a side of marinara sauce

For additional bite sized appetizers try:

Crockpot Kielbasa Bites

Cranberry Brie Bites

Easy Cheese Olive Broilers

Air Fryer Jalapeño Poppers

Easy Loaded Potato Rounds

Easy Tuna Tartare in Wonton Bowls

Veri Veri Teriyaki Crockpot Meatballs

Crescent Roll Meatball Bites

Crescent Roll Meatball Bites

Try these easy Crescent Roll Meatball Bites for your next party or game day. They are smothered with lots of cheese and packed with flavor!
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Appetizer, Side
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 8 bites

Equipment

  • Muffin Pan
  • Mixing Bowl
  • hand mixer

Ingredients
  

  • 4 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tbsp dry Italian seasoning packet
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 8 frozen meatballs
  • 1/2-1 cup marinara sauce plus more to serve on the side

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Microwave meatballs according to package directions. (about 3-5 minutes). Set aside.
  • Spray a muffin pan with baking spray with flour.
  • Unroll crescent rolls. Separate the rolls into two sections. Use your hands to close any of the perforations. Cut the dough into 8 equal squares.
  • Press each square into the prepared muffin cup. Smooth out the dough and do your best to mold dough up the sides. You can also use crescent rounds instead of the rolls. Just use one round per muffin cup.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until smooth and creamy. Add dry Italian seasoning and half the mozzarella cheese.
  • Spoon in 1 tablespoon of mixture into the bottom of each muffin cup.
  • Place meatball on top of the mixture. Top with 1-2 tbsp of marinara sauce. Add additional mozzarella cheese to the top.
  • Bake for about 15 minutes or until the crescent rolls are golden brown and the cheese is bubbling.
  • Remove from the oven. Let cool in the pan for about 3 minutes.
  • Serve with an additional side of marinara sauce if desired.
  • Enjoy!
Keyword Cream cheese, Crescent Roll Appetizer, Crescent Roll Meatball Bites, Game Day Appetizer, Marinara Sauce, Meatball Appetizer, Meatball Bites, Meatball Side, Mozzarella Cheese

Crescent Roll Meatball Bites with a side of marinara sauce

Crescent Roll Meatball Bites with a side of marinara sauce

Crescent Roll Meatball Bites with a side of marinara sauce

Crescent Roll Meatball Bites with a side of marinara sauce

Crescent Roll Meatball Bites with a side of marinara sauce

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