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Sausage Crescent Braid

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  16 reviews
  • 15 min prep time
  • 40 min total time
  • 8 ingredients
  • 5 servings
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Dress up Italian sausage with spinach and cheese in a pretty crescent package.

Bake-Off® Contest 41, 2004
Joni Etherington
Leawood, Kansas

Ingredients

1/2
lb bulk Italian turkey sausage
1
box (9 oz) Green Giant™ frozen chopped spinach, thawed, squeezed to drain
1
cup fat-free cottage cheese, drained
1/2
cup grated Parmesan cheese
1
teaspoon minced garlic in water (from 4.5-oz jar)
1
can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury™ refrigerated Crescent Dough Sheet
3
slices (1 oz each) provolone cheese
3
slices (1 oz each) mozzarella cheese

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In 8-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix spinach, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic and cooked sausage.
  • 3 If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough into 1 large rectangle on ungreased cookie sheet. Press into 13x8-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations and seams to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough on ungreased cookie sheet. Press into 13x8-inch rectangle.
  • 4 Spoon sausage mixture in 4-inch-wide strip lengthwise down center of rectangle. Top with slices of both cheeses.
  • 5 With scissors or sharp knife, make cuts 1 inch apart on long sides of dough rectangle to within 1/2 inch of sausage mixture. Fold strips of dough up over sausage mixture to meet in center; pinch to seal.
  • 6 Bake 18 to 24 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet; cut into crosswise slices. Serve warm.
  • 1 Heat oven to 375°F. In 8-inch skillet, cook sausage over medium heat, stirring frequently, until no longer pink; drain.
  • 2 In large bowl, mix spinach, cottage cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic and cooked sausage.
  • 3 If using crescent rolls: Unroll dough into 1 large rectangle on ungreased cookie sheet. Press into 13x8-inch rectangle, firmly pressing perforations and seams to seal. If using dough sheet: Unroll dough on ungreased cookie sheet. Press into 13x8-inch rectangle.
  • 4 Spoon sausage mixture in 4-inch-wide strip lengthwise down center of rectangle. Top with slices of both cheeses.
  • 5 With scissors or sharp knife, make cuts 1 inch apart on long sides of dough rectangle to within 1/2 inch of sausage mixture. Fold strips of dough up over sausage mixture to meet in center; pinch to seal.
  • 6 Bake 18 to 24 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet; cut into crosswise slices. Serve warm.

Expert Tips

To thaw frozen spinach, cut small slit in center of pouch; microwave on High 2 to 3 minutes or until thawed. Remove spinach from pouch; squeeze dry with paper towels.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
450
Calories from Fat
230
% Daily Value
Total Fat
25g
39%
Saturated Fat
11g
56%
Trans Fat
3g
3%
Cholesterol
70mg
24%
Sodium
1250mg
52%
Total Carbohydrate
23g
8%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Sugars
6g
6%
Protein
32g
32%
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
90%
90%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
50%
50%
Iron
15%
15%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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