Wow, it has been “one of those” weeks for me! Have you ever had a day or a week when it seemed that nothing went quite right? Yeah…that was this week for me. And it was all electronics. It seemed like everything we own that plugs into an outlet either quit working, worked the wrong way, or just gave up and died. And don’t even get me started on tech support. Ugh.
When I have a frustrating day like that, the last thing I want to do is make a complicated recipe for dinner. Don’t get me wrong, I still love to cook. I just want it to be nice and easy. Something quick to prepare and deliciously satisfying. Something just like these Italian Style Hand Pies with Marinara Dipping Sauce.
Recently, the people at Pillsbury asked me to come up with a way to use their crescent rolls to create an easy family dinner recipe. Well, I accepted that challenge in a second! Those crescent rolls are a permanent fixture in my refrigerator and part of our dinner many, many evenings. In creating the recipe, I thought about what a family might enjoy, especially the kids, after a long day of work and play. And knowing how kids love anything they can pick up with their hands and dip into a sauce, I just knew these little hand pies would be perfect. They’re loaded with a delicious filling flavored with tomato sauce and Italian seasonings. Place a little container of warm marinara sauce on the side, add a salad, and dinner’s served! If you have a regular “pizza night” or “spaghetti night” at your house, this would be a great way to change that up a little bit.
Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet by either lining with parchment paper or spraying lightly with cooking spray. Set the prepared baking sheet aside.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until the beef shows no more pink color. Add the garlic and cook for 1 additional minute. Drain well and return to the pan.
Add the tomato paste, water, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning.
Cook, stirring for 2-3 minutes or until the water has nearly evaporated. You want a nice filling consistency, not a sauce. A sauce would to be too wet and might leak out during baking.
Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Set the mixture aside to cool a bit while preparing the crescent rolls.
Open the crescent rolls and unroll them on a work surface. Separate each package of rolls into 4 rectangles (each rectangle will contain 2 crescent rolls). Press the perforations in each rectangle together.
Place 1/8 of the beef mixture (about 2 generous tablespoonfuls) on the end of each rectangle leaving about an inch all the way around in order to seal the packages.Fold the unfilled end over the filled end. Using a dinner fork, seal the three open edges.
Place the filled hand pies on the prepared baking sheet. It’s easier to transfer them with a flat spatula.
In a small bowl, use a fork to whisk together the egg and water. Brush lightly over the hand pies. Use a small sharp knife to cut a slit in the top of each pie.
Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes. Reduce the heat to 375 and continue cooking for an additional 5-7 minutes or until golden brown all over.
While the hand pies are cooking, warm 2 cups of purchased marinara sauce in a small pan over medium heat.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Serve with a side of warm marinara sauce for dipping.
Makes 8 pies (2 per serving).
Want a winning weeknight dinner the family will enjoy,
make Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. Get Recipes at www.Pillsbury.com
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by General Mills via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein ar those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of General Mills.
Other great crescent roll recipes you might enjoy from around the internet:
- Baklava Crescent Rolls from La Fuji Mama
- Crescent Cinnamon Rolls from How to: Simplify
- Baked Brie from She Wears Many Hats
- Onion, Bacon and Gruyere Quiche with a crescent roll crust from Kayotic Kitchen
- Pear Tart with Cream Cheese Icing from Eat at Home
- Ham and Cheese Crescent Roll Ups from greenlitebites
What I was up to…
- One year ago: Blondies with Chocolate Chips and Cherries
- Two years ago: Apple Patchwork Cobbler
- Three years ago: Red Cabbage Slaw
- Four years ago: Hambone Soup