Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Italian Crescent Casserole

As I mentioned on the menu plan, I pinned this recipe three years ago and am just now giving it a try. I pinned it from Real Mom Kitchen - Keeping it Real in the Kitchen. This meal was a huge hit. A definite keeper! You can change up the meat to whatever ground meat you like, I used venison, the original used ground beef. I also changed the sauce a bit, and added a little salt. Can't wait to try it again, maybe with sausage this time.

1 8 oz can refrigerated crescent rolls
1 lb ground meat, cooked and drained
8 oz garlic tomato sauce + 2 Tbsp water or 1 cup garlic pasta sauce
salt to taste
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 1/2 cups Italian blend shredded cheese
1/4 tsp dried basil

In skillet mix together ground meat, tomato sauce, water, Italian seasoning; then add salt to taste. Heat through. Set aside. Spray 9 inch pie plate with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange crescent rolls in in a spoke pattern with narrow tips hanging over the edge of the pie plate.

If you are using a regular pie plate they should hang over about three inches, deep dish only about one inch. Press into bottom of pie plate and up the side.
If using a deep dish only press dough 1/3 of the way up the side of the plate. Sprinkle one cup of the cheese over the bottom of the crust.
Top with the meat mixture.
Bring tips in over the meat mix.

Tips should meet in the middle without overlapping. Sprinkle the remaining cheese and dried basil over the dish. Bake at 375 for 15 to 20 minutes.
Serve and enjoy!!

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 Ms. enPlace


  1. This is brilliant! It just looks absolutely delicious...Mmmm it's almost a cross between a pizza and a calzone. Would love to try this :D


    1. Thanks! The flavors remind me so much of pizza I am thinking of making it with Italian sausage and/or adding chopped pepperoni to the ground meat.

  2. I love cooking with crescent rolls! This looks super cool...and much easier than I thought. Thanks for the step-by-step photos, Terry. And thanks for sharing!

    1. Love crescent rolls, I've used them in a few different recipes, very versatile.

  3. Hi Terry! I made this during the week. We loved it!

    1. Good to hear! Always nice to have feedback, thanks!


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