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HottyToddy Tailgate: Crescent Rolls 5 Ways

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls come in a very familiar canister with the little Doughboy on them, it’s very hard not to recognize the canister.  They cook quickly and are versatile.  Cook them the traditional way or unroll them and stuff the dough full of tasteful ingredients and show off your ‘iron chef’ skills the next time you’re sitting in Left Field at Swayze.

Crescent Rolls 5 ways:

Breakfast casserole in a roll
Breakfast casserole in a roll

1. Breakfast Casserole in a Roll: This is my personal favorite. Brown some Jimmy Dean Maple Sausage and drain. Then, using a whole 8 ounce package of cream cheese, stir in with the sausage. It will take several whisking attempts to get it balanced correctly.

After you get the sausage and cream cheese mixed together, scramble about 4-5 eggs and stir those in with the mixture as well. Sprinkle cheddar cheese in the mixture and roll up in the crescent rolls and bake until golden and crispy.

Pepperoni roll-ups
Pepperoni roll-ups

2. Pepperoni Roll-ups: All you need for these savory treats: package of pepperonis, white mozzarella string cheese and a jar of your favorite marinara sauce.

Unroll the crescents and place a couple of pepperonis and half a stick of string cheese, roll up, bake until golden brown, or the cheese is oozing out. The marinara is for dipping.

Chicken and broccoli rolls

3. Chicken and Broccoli Rolls: Just think for this recipe, chicken and broccoli casserole.  It’s the same concept except stuffed between a soft and crispy crescent roll. You will need half a cup of shredded cheese, thinly sliced chicken and broccoli florets. Heat the broccoli in the microwave until softened and cook the chicken on a cast iron skillet until done.

Unroll the crescent rolls and form a circle on the baking pan with the pointy edges facing outward. Sprinkle cheese evenly amongst the circle of dough, place chicken and broccoli florets around and bring the edges back in pinching the ends together to seal the dough. Bake until golden brown and crispy.

Spicy Italian ring
Spicy Italian ring

4. Spicy Italian Ring: Ingredients should include: 2 cans of crescent rolls, half a cup of roasted red bell peppers, 8 slices of provolone cheese, package of salami, ham and capocollo (the deli market in your local grocery store can also cut the meat for you), half a cup of banana peppers and Italian dressing for dipping.

Unroll both cans of dough on a circular baking pan separating into 8 rectangles overlaying each just a bit forming a circle (dough ring should mimic a sun). Layer the salami, ham and capocollo, followed by the bell peppers and banana peppers topping it with the provolone cheese. Bring the rectangle pieces hanging over the pan in tucking them under to secure the ingredients inside. It will take 15-25 minutes to thoroughly bake through.

Strawberry Crack Sticks
Strawberry Crack Sticks

5. Strawberry Crack Sticks: Last but not least, a savory sweet. You will need two canisters of crescent rolls, 8 ounces of cream cheese (softened), about 10 strawberries cut in half, 3/4 a cup of powdered sugar, 1 cup of sugar, 2 tsp of cinnamon and 3/4 cup of melted butter. When unrolling the crescent rolls, keep them in rectangle pieces to almost mimic the shape of a piece of bread.

In a bowl, combine cream cheese and the powdered sugar. In another bowl, combine sugar and cinnamon, then set aside. Spread about 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture on each rectangle piece, place a couple strawberry halves on the cream cheese, and roll up, hotdog style. Dip in melted butter then in the cinnamon-sugar mixture and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for about 20 minutes or until crispy, golden brown.

Whether it’s tailgating in left field or needing a quick dinner fix on school nights, these tasty treats will be a huge hit to bring to the table!

Brittany Bugg is a HottyToddy.com staff reporter and can be reached at brittany.bugg@hottytoddy.com.

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