Take-out Tuesday, Italian Spirals

To celebrate my birthday last Sunday

I invited family and a few special friends over

for a Birthday Christmas Cocktail Party

We chatted and exchanged birthday and Christmas gifts

One of our friends is a very talented musician

and he played Christmas songs on the piano and his fiddle

Gingerbread house decorating stations were set up in the kitchen

for CC and Charlie Brown

The kids had fun creating the houses while the adults sipped and noshed

We had some of our very favorite apps,

a Snow Pea Tree

{Instead of splitting the peas and filling them,

I spread one pea pod with the cheese Aloutte spread

and topped it with another pea~quicker and easier!}

The cheese spread is from Trader Joe’s,

cake bites from a local pastry shop, and cookies from a guest

Click on the highlighted recipe titles for

Pork Belly Bites and Coconut Shrimp

Italian Spirals are a new app

Spiral type appetizers are one of my go to appetizers

I made this Italian version for a party we had several weeks ago

Everyone brought food and we had so much

that I decided not to bake the spirals

I wrapped up the dough log and put it in the freezer,

fingers crossed this would work for a gathering during the holidays

Saturday I put the frozen log into the refrigerator to thaw overnight

Right before the party I sliced the thawed log

The dough was very sticky and the spirals were not perfect shapes 😬

but I hoped baking would take care of that 🤞

They baked fine and tasted great!

Have you ever frozen raw crescent roll dough?

I would love to hear your thoughts~

I’m thinking Puff pastry would be a better choice

for freezing something like this since it’s freezer friendly

I’ve also read similar recipes that say to bake them

and then freeze them and reheat as needed,

but I haven’t tried that…

These Italian spirals are made with a crescent roll dough sheet,

marinara sauce, prosciutto, pesto, Mozzarella and Parmesan

First spread the dough with marinara,

I used Rao’s Italian Sausage and Mushroom

because I had a partially used jar in the fridge

Top marinara with prosciutto slices

Dab pesto over prosciutto and spread it around with the back of a spoon

Top with cheeses

Roll into a long log* and wrap and stick the log in the refrigerator

or freezer for 20-30 minutes to make slicing easier

*You can also roll up from the shorter side for larger spirals,

see notes at the bottom of the printable recipe

Italian Spirals

These rolls are full of Italian flavors of marinara sauce, pesto, prosciutto and cheese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 20 spirals


  • parchment paper


  • 1 can crescent roll dough sheet*
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup pesto sauce
  • 4 oz prosciutto slices
  • 1/2 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan


  • Place dough onto a large piece of parchment paper forming a rectangle
  • Spread with a thin layer of marinara sauce
  • Top with prosciutto slices
  • Dab pesto on prosciutto and spread it into a layer with the back of a spoon
  • Sprinkle with cheeses
  • Starting with a long side roll dough into a long log, using the paper to help roll if necessary***
  • Wrap dough in the parchment paper and place log in the freezer for 20 minutes to make slicing easier**
  • Cut log into 1/2 inch slices and place on a parchment lined baking sheet
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, check and continue baking for 5-10 more minutes until dough is cooked and golden. Baking time can vary due to ingredients amounts and type of dough used
  • Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 18-20 appetizer slices or 8-10 larger slices for main dish servings, see ***note below


*you can also use crescent roll dough triangles pinched together into a large rectangle, or pizza dough, or puff pastry and adjust baking time depending on dough
Ingredient amounts do not have to be exact, adjust to taste
**you can also refrigerate the log up to 24 hours ahead before baking, or wrap the log tightly and freeze for 3 months.  If frozen, dough will be very sticky when thawed but will still bake fine
***you can also roll the dough up from the short side to make larger slices for main dish servings
Keyword crescent roll spirals, easy party appetizer, Italian spiral rolls, prosciutto rolls,

Spirals make great finger food,

here are more yummy spiral combos

Club Sub Spirals

Ham and Double Cheese Spirals

Parmesan Pumpkin & Bacon Spirals

Sausage Cheese & Prosciutto Spirals

Sausage & Pepper Pizza Spirals

Spinach and Artichoke Spirals

Spinach & Bacon Spirals

Sweet Potato Spirals

Prosciutto Swirls


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

 Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity 

What’s for Dinner/ Between Naps on the Porch 

All About Home/ Common GroundFollow the Yellow Brick Home

Oh My Heartsie Girl / Turn About Tuesday / Our Tiny Nest

Karin’s Cottage Linky Party / Creative Crafts / Crafty Creators

Whimsey Home Wednesday Full Plate Thursday

Creatively Crafty/ Thursday Favorite Things   

Happiness is Homemade

33 Responses to “Take-out Tuesday, Italian Spirals”
  1. Mary says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Jenna! It looks like you had a fun celebration, with the gingerbread houses, noshing and music! I know your spirals were yummy with all those tasty ingredients! I bet you could slice those spiral while frozen to make it easier to cut and then place them on a baking sheet to thaw, or bake straight from frozen increasing your baking time. Merry Tuesday. ♥

  2. Jenna, happy belated BIRTHDAY!! The flowers look beautiful and I love these Italian spirals. Would be nice to serve them with some steaming hot soup too.

  3. BERNADETTE says:

    Happy Birthday Jenna! May your new birthday year be filled with many reasons to smile.

  4. Sounds like you had a very nice B-Day Jenna! Happy Holiday Season-enjoy:@)

  5. Happy Birthday! Wow, the food at your party looks fabulous! Great to have such fun with friends.

  6. Well, again, Happy birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate with friends and a cocktail party! That’s perfection. The spirals look absolutely delicious. And the spring pea ‘sandwiches’ are a great idea and one I’m going to use for Christmas. It’s a great appetizer that Rick’s mom can enjoy (she’s diabetic and we have to be careful.) The gingerbread house station is a terrific idea!

  7. Nancy says:

    Happy Belated Birthday Jenna! These looked scrumptious. Perfect for your birthday party. What fun you all had.
    Merry December!

  8. lghiggins says:

    What a wonderful celebration! How nice to have live music provided by a friend. You are always so sweet to have activities for the kids.

  9. Nicolle says:

    This looks like the most fun gingerbread decorating party! And I need to try these spirals!

  10. Kitty says:

    The spirals sound delicious! I have not frozen crescent roll dough, Jenna. I’m thinking like you with the puff pastry dough working better. Happy belated birthday wishes!

    • Yes, I never planned on freezing this when I made it, but it was interesting to experiment and see what happens if you freeze something like this. Luckily they were tasty and no one knew the difference!

  11. Looks like your birthday was extra special! Wishing you many delightful years of celebrating life and making our world a better place by being in it! Cheers to your own private musician! Very creative, very festive!

  12. Joanne says:

    Those look delicious! It sounds like you had a wonderful celebration.

  13. Love your snow pea tree – clever and the spirals look delish!! How did the houses turn out?

  14. I missed your birthday – happy December festivities and celebrations to you! I hope it was fun and filled with people who love you. I’m all about appetizers for the next few weeks, so thanks for the jump-start!

  15. Ricki Treleaven says:

    My SIL would LOVE the Italian spirals! Thanks for posting the recipe, Jenna!

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