Beef Onion Strudel Recipe

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"I collect recipes that use crescent rolls, like this one," relates Judy Lohse of Belvidere, Illinois. "The filling in this strudel changes depending on what's in my vegetable drawer."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:8-10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 8-10 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups sliced sweet onions
  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1 tube (8 ounces) refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 213 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 35mg cholesterol, 386mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 9g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, saute onions in butter until browned and caramelized; remove with a slotted spoon and keep warm. In the same skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the flour, brown sugar, cumin, salt and pepper until blended. Gradually add the broth; cook for 8 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in reserved onion.
  2. Unroll dough and separate into four rectangles. Separate each rectangle at perforation into two triangles (see Fig. 1). Pinch two 6-in. sides together to form a triangle (see Fig. 2). Repeat with remaining dough.
  3. Place point of one triangle near the end of a greased baking sheet. Place point of second triable in center of first triangle. Repeat with remaining triangle (see Fig. 3).
  4. Spoon beef mixture in a 1-1/2-in.-wide strip down the center; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Starting at one end, fold alternating points across filling. Pinch ends to seal. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 375° for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 8-10 servings.
Originally published as Beef Onion Strudel in Quick Cooking January/February 2004, p43

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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