Friday, March 11, 2011

Lasagna-Stuffed Garlic Bread

I struggled a lot with what to call this recipe. The original title was “Crescent Roll Lasagna” but it’s not technically lasagna. Not that I’m, like, a lasagna snob or something.

It does have all of the elements of lasagna in it, though, minus the noodles. So I decided to call it Lasagna-Stuffed Garlic Bread, because that’s pretty much exactly what it tastes like. So, yeah: As you can probably imagine, it tastes pretty darn good.

Basically, it’s a layer of seasoned ground beef mixed up with some tomato paste, topped with a layer of jazzed-up cream cheese (you could also use ricotta or cottage cheese), topped with tons of mozzarella cheese, all wrapped up in crescent rolls that are doused with Italian-seasoned butter. Needless to say, this was a huuuge hit with everyone in my family, and Joe’s already clamoring for me to make it again. I think this will become a fixture in our house pretty quickly.

Lasagna-Stuffed Garlic Bread
adapted from The Peppered Pantry

1 package crescent dinner rolls
1 pound ground beef
1 medium chopped onion
2 cloves chopped garlic
3 teaspoons Italian seasoning, divided
Salt and pepper to taste
1 6-ounce can tomato paste
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon garlic powder

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Unroll crescent rolls onto a greased cookie sheet. Divide into two squares consisting for four rolls each; press edges together and set aside.

3. Brown ground beef and onion in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add garlic, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, and salt and pepper to taste; cook and stir for 30 seconds. Reduce heat, add tomato paste, and cook for about 5 minutes.

4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, stir together cream cheese, parsley, grated parmesan cheese, and a dash of black pepper. Set aside.

5. Spoon meat mixture down the middle of one square of crescent rolls, leaving one inch at each end. Spoon cream cheese mixture over meat and sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Top with remaining square of rolls and pinch edges to seal.

6. Combine melted butter, garlic powder, and remaining 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning. Brush over the surface.

7. Bake 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.



The Daily Smash said...

I saw this recipe on the pillsbury site and wondered how it tasted your looks amazing I think I am going to have to make it now.


Tammy said...

this looks great, I like using crescent rolls! I have a quick and easy lasagna on my new food blog

Cara said...

This sounds SO yummy! I've got some frozen bread dough thawing right now, and this would be the perfect thing to make with it! Genius!

Leigh said...

um...I need to eat this right now. this looks SO GOOD! It will be on the menu very very soon!

Julie said...

Oh my, whatever you call this, I'm sure we'd love it here too! Looks delish :)

Sherry G said...

I love this! I can't wait until my schedule slows down and I can start making homemade dinners from your blog!

Allison said...

Wow. This sounds amazing. But I'm pretty sure I could get the same effect (without tasting it, though....) by super-gluing the whole thing to my thighs. lol

Deborah said...

I have a kind of similar recipe that my mom has been making since I was a kid - we called it Mock Lasagna. LOVE it!! But my recipe doesn't have cream cheese - I want to try yours!

AuntieC said...

I made this last night with a few changes and it was delicious! I added broccoli to my meat sauce, and instead of just tomato paste I used our favorite jarred pasta sauce. I had to use two containers of crescents because it made a lot more meat sauce, but it was sooooo good. Thank you for posting this! Oh and I used ricotta instead of cream cheese because my DH is a cream cheese hater. I am definately adding this to our rotation, I can't wait to try it adding some other veggies like zuc or mushrooms!

Clara said...

Fantastic!Best lasgna ever!

Amy @ A Little Nosh said...

My mouth just watered reading that. Add to my "to do" list!

Monica H said...

It's recipes like these that remind of you.

SnoWhite said...

That looks great!

Food Safety Course said...

This is a brilliant recipe which I still enjoy eating. I always have a thing for lasagna. I love the cheese, the sauce and the overall taste. Thanks for sharing this. I'll definitely make this at home.