Ever see a recipe on the back of a box and just have to try it? That is how I found this recipe.
While at Costco last Monday I was purchasing a box of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls and Troubadour noticed a recipe on the back that looked intriguing and we figured we could veganize it. I have made a few changes to the recipe besides using vegan ingredients; I omitted the egg wash and dusting of cheese on top which cuts a few calories. Here is a link to their original recipe I managed to find online. ----> LINK.
ITALIAN 'MEATBALL' HOAGIE BRAIDS
2 Cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
16 frozen, fully cooked vegan meatballs
1 Cup Marinara Sauce
1 Cup Shredded Daiya (I used Cheddar Shreds)
Preheat oven to 375˚F (190˚C) and spray 2 baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
1. Heat meatballs in microwave to thaw. Cut each meatball in half.
2. Unroll dough; separate into 8 rectangles. Place rectangles on the baking sheets. Firmly press perforations to seal.
3. Place 4 meatball halves lengthwise down the center of each rectangle. Top each with 2 Tbsp of marinara sauce and 2 Tbsp of cheese shreds.
|('Meatball' halves on the dough)|
|(Then topped with marinara and cheese shreds)|
4. With scissors or a sharp knife, make cuts 1 inch apart on each long side of the filling. Alternately cross strips over filling. It may not look pretty but will puff up a bit in the oven.
|(Not quite appetizing yet, but ready for the oven)|
5. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve with leftover heated marinara for dipping if desired.
* I found that the tomato sauce I used was a little on the thin side and I think the hoagie would have been easier to wrap if the sauce was thicker.
* I also think some spicy hot sauce in the hoagie would have been a good addition or some fresh ground pepper sprinkled on top before baking.
* We each ate two for dinner and had the remaining for lunch the next day. They would also be good with a side salad.
* I have calculated the calorie content for this recipe using the exact ingredients and measurements above. Each hoagie contains 314 calories. Of that 314, the crescents accounted for 200 calories.
- Au Revoir
"There is one thing more exasperating than a wife that can cook and won't, and that is a wife who can't cook and will." - Robert Frost.