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These easy vegetable squares feature lots of veggies and cheese, loaded onto crescent rolls, making a colorful, delicious appetizer!
We spent Thanksgiving in the mountains with my mom’s brother and his family for a number of years when I was growing up. I remember lots of food and football, long walks through crunchy leaves, and nights of watching movies and combing my cousins’ long, silky hair. They both are more than 10 years older than me and I worshiped them. Still do, to be honest.
My mom and I would make these vegetable squares together for everyone to snack on while we watched football in the middle of the day and they were such a hit! I probably wasn’t watching much football, honestly. I remember we did rent a cabin that had Foosball one year and another that had a pool table, where my brother taught me how to play. And I won my first game! OK, he hit the 8 ball in, so he lost more than I won, but still… it was a big victory for a little sister!
But these veggie squares. It’s basically a cold veggie pizza appetizer. So colorful, so fun and so pretty. It’s a great way to get kids to eat their veggies – and kids can definitely get involved and help mix the cheese spread and sprinkle the veggies and extra cheese on top. But just a heads up — they can be messy! The toppings can scatter as you’re chowing down if you’re not paying attention. Little ones should be seated, for sure.
I’ve revised the original recipe a bit to avoid the packaged buttermilk dressing mix – those are loaded with salt and preservatives. Instead I’ve subbed other spices to get the same flavor. If you want to use a packaged mix, you’ll need one teaspoon of it and you can skip the parsley flakes, onion flakes and garlic salt in the recipe below.
You can make your own crescent rolls or use the kind in the can. Not gonna lie. I cheated here and used the kind in the can. If you have a homemade version, feel free to sub that and know that I’m giving you massive high fives and thumbs ups!!
Finally, you can certainly customize these to use any of the veggie options your crew likes best. And you can make this veggie pizza appetizer ahead so you can enjoy the game, the holidays, the party, whatever you’ve got going on.
P.S. The bread layer starts to soften after a couple of days. At that point, I like to stick the leftovers in a toaster oven or broil them for just a couple minutes – gets the bread nice and toasty and the cheese and veggies melt down into it, making it a mini hot veggie pizza. Delicious!
Holidays or not, I hope you give these easy vegetable squares a try. Enjoy!
Easy vegetable squares
Crescent rolls are loaded with cheese and veggies for an easy cold veggie pizza appetizer!
- 2 8-ounce packages refrigerated crescent rolls (or sub homemade)
- 12 ounces cream cheese, softened (I use 1/3-less fat)
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise (I use low-fat)
- 1 teaspoon dill weed
- 3/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
- 1/2 teaspoon dried onion flakes
- 1/8 teaspoon garlic salt (or sub regular salt if you don't have it)
- 3 cups desired veggie toppings, finely chopped (see notes)
- 1 heaping cup shredded cheddar cheese
- For crust, unroll crescent rolls and put into a large baking pan (15x10x2 or so). Lay both rolls flat and pinch together the seams so it’s all connected.
- Bake according to package directions. (Mine said to bake at 375 degrees for 9-12 minutes, until golden brown.) Remove from oven and cool completely.
- Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, stir together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, dill weed and remaining seasonings (through garlic salt). Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the cooled crust.
- Sprinkle with the finely chopped veggies, then sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.
- Cut into squares and serve (or refrigerate until ready to serve).
Pick your favorite mix of veggies for the veggie toppings: broccoli, cauliflower, green and/or red bell pepper, tomato, carrots, green onion or black olives.
These are best enjoyed the first two days after they are made. Extras can be refrigerated and saved for later, but the bread layer softens over time. (That's when I toast or broil it to get it warm and melty, making a hot veggie pizza.)
|Amount Per Serving||As Served|
|Calories 125kcal Calories from fat 85|
|% Daily Value|
|Total Fat 9g||14%|
|Saturated Fat 4g||20%|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0%|
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g|
|Sat Fat||Less than||25g|