Friday, February 3, 2012

Foodie Fridays: So Simple It's Scary!

Hey Humble Readers...

It's been ages and ages since I did a Foodie Fridays post, but I have been trying a bunch of new things recently (thank you Pinterest!) and I wanted to share one of them with you. 

This recipe is so simple, and takes almost no time at all.  You can totally doctor it up anyway you like.  Another thing I liked about it was that it was super budget friendly. 

Italian Crescent Pie

1 tube refrigerated crescent rolls
1 lb lean ground beef (you could sub in ground turkey or chicken if you like)
1 med onion, diced fine
2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup pasta sauce (homemade or your fave store bought variety)
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tsp each dried oregano and basil

Separate and arrange the crescent rolls in a spoke pattern (wider points meeting in the middle of the plate, long thin points hanging over the side of the pie plate by 2-3 inches) in a 9 inch pie plate.  Gently press the dough together so it covers most of the pie plate to form a crust (there will be gaps... no big deal).  Brown the ground beef and drain well.  Add in onion and garlic, and saute until the onions are softened.  Stir in pasta sauce.  Spread 1 1/2 cup of the shredded mozza over the bottom of the crust, then add the meat/sauce mix.  Fold the points of the crescent rolls over the top so they meet in the middle, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup of mozza and the dried herbs.  Bake in a preheated 375F oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  Allow to stand for 5-10 minutes before cutting.  Serve with a salad.

I was very pleasantly surprised at how well this turned out.  The only glitch I had was the fact that my Beloved had put the tube of crescent rolls into the freezer (and those things should NOT be frozen... they turn to mush when they thaw), so we had a mad rush to the grocery store on the night I made this. 

I can already see some yummy variations on this idea... make it mexican with some cumin and chili powder, monterey jack cheese and some corn and peppers.  Greek with some greek spice mix, sun dried tomatoes and feta.  Make it a bacon cheeseburger pie with some bacon bits, cheddar, diced dill pickles, ketchup and mustard.  So many options!

In other news... if you've got the time, swing by Panda Diaries and share some love with Laurie.  She's had one hell of a day (scary, SCARY day). 


  1. As always your food looks amazing!

    Catching up...
    -Hope Ginny is feeling better this week.
    -Agree that you should try not to fret about Ginny's lack of talking just yet. She sounds very mentally astute, and as you said, I truly believe her speech will "catch up" when she's ready.
    -Must be soooo difficult trying to watch your sugars and weight while dealing with the emotions and food cravings pregnancy often brings. Hang in there, friend!

  2. OMG, you made me so hungry with this recipe! I must make it, and soon!


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