Why I Worship At The Feet of The Pillsbury Doughboy

I'm not much of a cook. But since we like to eat around here, and we don't like to spend a lot of money on carry-outs, I am in the unfortunate position of being the Uninspired Cook for my family of six.  Luckily there lies, in the refrigerated section of my grocery store, a product so delicious and versatile that when I use it I feel like I know what I'm doing in the kitchen.

That product is the Pillsbury Crescent Roll.

The Pillsbury website is full of easy recipes of all sorts using their products as ingredients. My favorites are the ones involving the Crescent Roll, aka The Perfect Food. (Or, one of the perfect foods - right up there with butter. Everything's better with butter. And everything tastes good if it's made with Pillsbury Crescent Rolls).

Often I visit the website just to get ideas, because it is so easy to bake with the Crescent Roll that even I can be inspired to change a recipe up to suit my needs. And when it comes to cooking, I am definitely a follower. I read recipes, I don't make them. So here are some things I like to do with Pillsbury Crescent Rolls. Some of these are based on recipes I found on the website. All are yummy in a comfort food kind of way, and all of them are as simple as it gets without going to Costco and picking up a tray of pre-made croissantwiches.

  • Brie wrapped in crescent dough. Remove the crescent rolls from the can, keep them together and press along the seams. Place the dough on a baking sheet, and put a wheel of brie (with the white skin intact) in the middle of the dough. Wrap the dough all around the brie, pressing all seams together so the brie is completely covered. Bake according to the directions on the package, removing when golden brown. Serve with sliced apples or cranberry sauce, and voila! instant appetizer.
  • Little smoky sausages wrapped in crescent rolls. Separate the crescent rolls and cut each one into  2 or 3 triangles, depending on how much crescent you want with your sausage. Roll a little sausage in each triangle. Bake according to package directions, removing when golden brown. Perfect appetizer or after school snack.
  • Spinach and artichoke rolls. Separate the crescent dough into 2 rectangles. Press the seams together. Spread each rectangle with spinach and artichoke dip. Roll up the rectangles and slice with a sharp knife so you end up with pinwheels. Bake according to the package directions and remove when golden brown. Another fantastic appetizer.
  • Baked sandwiches. Separate the dough into 4 rectangles. Press the seams together. Cover each rectangle with your choice of lunch meat and cheese. Fold over the rectangle and press the edges together. Bake according to package directions and remove when golden brown. Lunch in a snap.
  • Pizza pockets. Separate the dough into 4 rectangles. Press the seams together. Cover each rectangle with a spoonful of pizza sauce, cheese, and whatever else you like on your pizza. Fold the rectangle over and press the edges together. Bake according to the package directions and remove when golden brown. Another easy lunch.
  • Breakfast bake. Place the dough in a 8x12 or 9x12 ungreased baking dish. Press the seams together and spread it out so it's covering the entire bottom of the pan as a crust. In a bowl mix up 4 eggs if using an 8x12 pan, or 5 eggs if using a 9x12 pan. Add some shredded cheese and some crumbled cooked bacon or sliced cooked sausage. Or whatever else tickles your fancy and delights your palate. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.

Did you notice a pattern here? Simple, few ingredients, yummy. Even your kids will like this stuff and ask you to make it all the time.


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