If there is one thing many of us look for when deciding what to cook for the week, “easy, fast, and delicious” all probably top the list. Crescent rolls may not be the next item that pops into someone’s mind, but seriously — we all know those little tubes of doughy magic make almost any dinner better, so it’s no big stretch to believe that basing an entire meal around them could only result in extreme tastiness.
Apple dumplings are typically a family favorite, but this isn’t a recipe that is often described as being easy or fast. But with crescent rolls, they can be just that (recipe via RadaCutlery.com).
– One 8-ounce tube refrigerated crescent roll dough
– 1 large Granny Smith or Gala apple, peeled and cored
– 1/2 cup butter
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/4 cup brown sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– Half 12-ounce can Mountain Dew soda
– Vanilla or cinnamon ice cream (optional — but seriously, why would you not?)
Peel the apple and slice it into eight slices, removing the seeds. Open and separate the crescent rolls, then wrap each apple slice in a crescent triangle. Place each crescent-rolled apple slice into an 8×8 pan.
In a saucepan, melt the butter, sugar, and brown sugar, and stir. Remove sauce from heat, add vanilla. Pour the sauce over the crescent rolls, and then pour the soda around the edges of the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 to 45 minutes.
If you need any more convincing that this crescent roll recipe is perfection, watch the video below.
If you are looking for something more savory, consider making some mozzarella-stuffed garlic butter crescents, which taste just as good as they sound (recipe via TipHero).
-1 package of refrigerated crescent rolls (pack of 8)
-4 tbsp butter, melted
-1 tsp Italian seasoning
-1 tsp garlic powder
-1/4 tsp salt
-4 mozzarella cheese sticks (string cheese)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and grease a baking sheet with cooking spray. Cut each cheese stick in half so that you now have eight shorter cheese sticks. Whisk together butter, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt. Then roll out the crescent rolls into 8 separate pieces, placing a mini cheese stick at the wider end of each crescent. Roll the crescents up from the wide end to the small end, then place on baking sheet. Brush each cheese-stuffed crescent roll with the butter mixture and bake for 10 to 13 minutes.
And then eat. And repeat until they are all gone.
Okay, okay. So neither apple dumplings nor cheese-stuffed crescent rolls topped with buttery garlic are technically a meal, although no one would blame you for serving them as such. But here are two words for you to consider: cheeseburger cups (recipe via TipHero).
You’ll need the following:
– 1 lb. ground beef
– 1/2 cup ketchup
– 1 tbsp. mustard
– 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
– 2 tbsp. brown sugar
– 1 package crescent rolls.
– Salt and pepper to taste
Watch the video below to see how to impress all the burger-lovers in your life, young and old — and you can do it in about 20 minutes or less, which is a total bonus.
But, just in case your gang is more pizza-crazy than burger-oriented, try these simple, three-ingredient personal pizza bites (recipe via TipHero).
– 1 package of (you guessed it) crescent rolls
– 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella
– 1 5oz package of pepperoni slices
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Roll out the crescent rolls on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and, using the tines of a fork, poke holes in each unrolled crescent. Top half of the unrolled crescent rolls with a single layer of pepperoni, leaving about a 1/2 inch of space on the edges, then sprinkle the cheese over that. Cover with the remaining portions of crescent roll, and use the fork to crimp them closed until they are sealed. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
This is a great recipe to get the kids involved with, and certainly you can change it up, using different fillings or adding a bit of pizza sauce for acidity. And you can even make extra and stick them in the toaster oven throughout the week for a delicious, quick snack!
Do you have a favorite recipe using crescent rolls? And how many of you are about to run to the store in order to pick up a tube — or three, or four? Let us know in the comments below if you tried any of the recipes!
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