Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares

July 27, 2018
With fresh tomatoes and basil slathered with melty cheese, layered on a crescent roll crust, Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares are the perfect versatile savory little treat.  Enjoy them for a party, lunch, brunch, or even as a tasty afternoon snack.

Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares Image

Oh, the classic combination of tomato and basil!  It's truly one of summer's simple {and best} pleasures.

I love taking slices of garden-fresh tomatoes, laying a couple of basil leaves on top, sprinkling on a tiny touch of salt, and popping the stack straight in my mouth.  It's such a simple little bite of pure tastiness.

Or, add a little slice of fresh mozzarella cheese and a few drops of balsamic vinegar to the stack for an easy take on classic Caprese salad.

With fresh tomatoes and basil slathered with melty cheese, layered on a crescent roll crust, these squares are the perfect versatile savory little treat.

Oh, and another favorite way to enjoy classic tomato and basil deliciousness?

As a tomato and basil sandwich, of course.  The classic summer Southern sandwich ... tomatoes on white bread with a generous slathering of mayonnaise ... gets even tastier with the addition of a bit of fresh basil.  There's simply not much better than this.

Well, unless enjoying your garden-fresh tomatoes involves crescent rolls and melty cheese, that is!  Like in these super flavorful Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares.

How to Make Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares with Fresh Roma Tomatoes Image

Yes, taking fresh tomatoes and basil, slathering them up with a melty-cheese layer, and serving them up on top of a crescent roll crust truly takes this classic tomato-basil flavor combination over the top.

I love that making these versatile little squares is pretty easy, too.

Start by slicing some fresh tomatoes pretty thin.  I like to use plum or Roma tomatoes because they're less juicy than other tomato varieties.  Too much juice in the tomatoes can lead to a soggy crust.

If you choose to use a juicier tomato, I recommend removing as much of the seedy part as possible, and patting the tomato slices dry with some paper towels.

I like to use plum or Roma tomatoes because they're less juicy than other tomato varieties.  Too much juice in the tomatoes can lead to a soggy crust.

Layer the tomatoes on top of a sheet of crescent rolls topped with a sprinkling of shredded mozzarella cheese.

Then, mix up a simple creamy mixture of some more shredded mozzarella, grated Parmesan, fresh basil, and mayonnaise.  Slather this cheesy mixture all over the top of the tomatoes and bake everything up.

Once the cheesy deliciousness is baked, simply cut into squares with a pizza cutter for easy slicing.

Cutting Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares with a Pizza Cutter Image

And then you've got one beautiful platter of tasty tomato squares to enjoy!

All warm, melty, and tasty.  {But hey, the leftovers are also quite good chilled, too.}

Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Party Squares Image

These squares certainly turn the classic tomato-basil combination into the perfect versatile savory little treat.  Serve up Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares as a party pick-up, for lunch, brunch, or even as a delicious afternoon snack.

But seriously, is there ever a bad time for tomato and basil?  I think not.  So I say hey, go ahead and enjoy these delicious Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares any  time!

Tomato-Basil Squares with a Crescent Roll Crust Image
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Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares
Source:  Adapted from Pampered Chef
(Printable recipe)
  • 1 package Crescent Rolls
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 4 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 c. mayonnaise
  • 1/2 c. grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 c. fresh basil leaves, coarsely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  1. In a bowl, combine 1 cup mozzarella, mayonnaise, Parmesan, basil, salt, and pepper. Stir until well mixed.
  2. Roll out Crescent Roll dough on a baking sheet lightly coated with non-stick cooking spray. Form dough into a 14x9" rectangle. Sprinkle crust evenly with remaining 1 cup mozzarella.
  3. Arrange tomato slices in a single layer over crust. Spread mayonnaise mixture evenly over tomatoes.
  4. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until top is golden brown and bubbly. Cut into squares with a pizza cutter and place on a serving platter. Serve warm.


  1. What a great idea, this would taste delicious. Hope you are having a fantastic day and we are so excited that you shared your post with Full Plate Thursday.
    Thanks so much and Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you so much, Miz Helen! I appreciate you stopping by. And yes, these DO taste delicious!

  2. Made these a couple times now. Very good, however, I did make a few changes. First, I used puff pastry sheets (be sure to score with a fork or knife several times) and I added cream cheese to the cheese mixture. I made one with tomatoes, like above and the other with uncooked asparagus rolled in olive oil and salt and pepper. So, so delicious! Bake at 400 for 15 minutes. Everyone loved them! I also added some red pepper flakes to the tomato tart to give it a little kick. Enjoy!

  3. How clever is this!!! I Love using the crescent rolls here because it makes a homemade flatbread so simple and easy to put together -- no need for forethought or letting dough ferment. Awesome!

  4. I adore fresh summer tomatoes, Tracey and this is such a great way to enjoy them! Thank you so much for sharing your Crescent Roll Tomato-Basil Squares with us at The Hearth and Soul LInk party. Pinning. Hope to see you back at the party a week from today when we return from summer break on Monday August 7th.

  5. This looks great and would be a great dinner idea for a meat free night. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday. Pinned.

  6. These were fabulous! My only disappointment was that they looked so good that my tomato-hating-kids couldn't resist, and they loved them too! I had to do A LOT more sharing than I had counted on! Thanks!!!

    1. LOVE that story. So glad you AND your kids enjoyed them!

  7. It's not often I read a recipe that literally makes my mouth water. My wife Brenda and I have put this on our "to make" list!

  8. These look like they would be perfect for the holidays!

  9. We will love your Tomato Basil Squares, awesome! Hope you are having a wonderful week and thanks so much for posting with Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen

  10. Hi Tracey! I am featuring you on my blog for the Inspire Me Monday party! New follower too! laura


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