Monday, January 12, 2009

Italian Crescent Bake

I have a whole bunch of recipes to post that I never got around to! I was looking, and I couldn't believe how long it has been since I posted something that wasn't a menu. Crazy! We'll see if I can put a dent in the "stack" of recipes I have waiting to be posted! :)

This first one is from a cookbook of Paul's that I recently discovered. It's an Italian cookbook full of recipes from Home Economics teachers in California (one of those school fundraiser cookbooks, you know?). Well, I figured Home Ec teachers should know a thing or two about good recipes, and so far it hasn't let us down. We've tried three recipes, and they have all been delicious. Not exactly authentic Italian recipes, but delicious nonetheless.

Italian Crescent Bake
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 c. onion, chopped
1 c. fresh mushrooms, sliced
salt and pepper to taste
8 oz. tomato sauce (1 can)
1 c. cheddar cheese, grated
1 tube crescent rolls (8 rolls)
1/2 c. sour cream
1/4 t. oregano
1/4 t. basil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brown beef with onion and mushrooms, drain excess fat. Season with salt and pepper. Add tomato sauce. Pour into a 9x13 baking dish. Top with cheddar cheese. Separate crescent rolls. Mix sour cream with oregano and basil. Spread sour cream mixture (generously) on each roll, and then roll up each one starting at the wide end. Place rolls on top of the meat mixture. Bake for approximately 20 minutes*, until rolls are lightly browned.

*So, there's a typo in the cookbook and it only says to bake them for 2 minutes. I decided to follow the time listed on the crescent roll tube (which was something like 11-12 minutes) and check them. As you can see from the pictures, they looked lightly browned, so I took it out. The rolls ended up being quite doughy, so I can only surmise that they probably meant 20 minutes instead of 2. ;) They were so yummy that we're having them again tomorrow for dinner, and I'm planning on cooking them for 20 minutes this time. I'll edit this if I find out it takes longer.


Paula said...

That looks delicious! I'm definitely going to try it. Maybe this week...:).

Jennie said...

I actually decided to make this last night, and 20 minutes was perfect!

Paula said...

I made this for dinner last night and Brian and I really enjoyed it! It has a wonderful flavor! Mine didn't look as pretty as yours, but it tasted good! We'll definitely make this one again.