If you are looking for a pleasing family gathering casserole that everyone will love, go for this savory and hearty crescent pizza casserole.
The stunning crescent pizza casserole is packed with different flavors. The mixture of shredded Dutch cheese and cheddar cheese gives it a heart-melting texture, which is filling and delicious at the same time.
The recipe for this fantastic crescent pizza casserole is easy and convenient. The homemade dough adds extra tastiness to the dish, but you can replace it with the store-bought one.
The ground beef texture, with layers of two kinds of cheeses, and the crispy crust is a foodie’s dream.
Use a dough hook, and combine the warm water and instant yeast in the stand mixer bowl. To make this by hand, choose a large bowl, and do the same. Let the mixture sit until dissolved for about 7 minutes.
Choose a microwave-safe bowl, combine milk, room temperature butter pieces, white sugar, salt, and microwave them for about one minute. Then stir until everything is melted and incorporated. Pour the butter and milk mixture into the stand mixer, and thoroughly mix the ingredients. The mixture must be lukewarm. Then add in the eggs, and whisk.
Gradually add about three 3/4 cups of all-purpose flour and continue mixing the ingredients at low speed. Add just enough flour to form a soft dough. Remove the dough and place it on a lightly floured surface, and knead it for 8 minutes. Grease a bowl, and place the dough in it. Cover the bowl loosely with a kitchen cloth, and let the dough rise in a warm place for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375 F(190 C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan and set it aside.
On a floured surface, roll the crescent dough into two rolls, just the baking dish’s size. Place one of the rolls at the bottom of the greased baking pan and spread it evenly. Put it in the preheated oven and bake for about ten minutes or until golden. Cover the other roll with a clean kitchen cloth.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add in the finely diced onion and cook for one minute. Then stir in the minced garlic cloves. Continue cooking for 3 minutes, and add the ground beef. Give it a thorough mix and cook until no longer pink for about 8 minutes. Remove the liquid if necessary.
Stir in the tomato sauce, Sloppy Joe seasoning, Italian seasoning to the mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and give it the right mix. Let it cook for 3 minutes and remove from the heat. Let it sit for 2-3 minutes.
Spread the ground beef mixture over the pre-baked crescent roll crust. Top that generously with shredded Dutch pizza cheese and cheddar cheese. Then place the second roll over it carefully. Fix the edges. Add a cross on top of the roll.
Brush the surface with the melted butter, and sprinkle with some grated parmesan cheese.
Put the pan in the oven, and bake it for about 25-30 minutes until it looks golden and cooked. Remove from the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
You can cut it to pieces, serve it on a fancy dinner plate, sided with a green salad, and roasted vegetables like peas, sweet potatoes, or broccoli.
If you do not have enough time, replace the dough making steps with two refrigerated crescent rolls packages. Also, crescent roll sheets will be the right choice.