- 2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls, divided
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1 package (6 ounces) fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 7 large eggs
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
- 1/2 pound thinly sliced hard salami
- 1/2 pound sliced provolone cheese
- 2 jars (12 ounces each) roasted sweet red peppers, drained, sliced and patted dry
- Preheat oven to 350°. Place a greased 9-in. springform pan on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 18 in. square). Securely wrap foil around pan. Unroll one tube of crescent dough and separate into triangles. Press onto bottom of prepared pan to form a crust, sealing seams well. Bake 10-15 minutes or until set.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add spinach and mushrooms; cook and stir until mushrooms are tender. Drain on several layers of paper towels, blotting well. In a large bowl, whisk six eggs, Parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning and pepper.
- Layer crust with half of each of the following: ham, salami, provolone cheese, red peppers and spinach mixture. Pour half of the egg mixture over top. Repeat layers; top with remaining egg mixture.
- On a work surface, unroll and separate remaining crescent dough into triangles. Press together to form a circle and seal seams; place over filling. Whisk remaining egg; brush over dough.
- Bake, uncovered, 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°, covering loosely with foil if needed to prevent overbrowning. Carefully loosen sides from pan with a knife; remove rim from pan. Let stand 20 minutes. Yield: 12 servings.
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"I made this in a 10x10 pan. I followed the recipe. I did not have enough spinach. I used 8 eggs but that wasn't enough, either. I couldn't tell there was egg in the dish. In fact, I really don't understand the purpose of the eggs. I think the dish would be just fine without them. I did not separate the crescent roll dough since I had to put it back together anyway. I just spread it to cover the bottom of the pan. I did grease the pan but I had one heck of a time trying to get the dish out of the pan. It took me 15 minutes of scrubbing with a Brillo pad just to clean the pan and that's after soaking it in water! I made the dish the night before and baked it then. It traveled well. It cut well. It was very tasty either hot or cold. It was easy to heat up in the microwave. This is a very good recipe and is one I will make again. I just need to figure out how to get it easily out of the pan. It was also a big hit with the folks at work."
"Turned out beautifully!"
"Great for Easter Brunch. Used a 13x9 dish. Got 2 cans of the crescent roll SHEETS and used one on top and one on bottom - fit just right. No patching triangles together, no foil, no leaks, no mess! Used 10 eggs (9 in, 1 on top) and probably used more meat and cheese - didn't keep track, just layered until it looked good. I did not slice the roasted red peppers - just made 1 layer between the meat & cheese, kind of like lasagna. It sliced nicely. Everyone loved it."
"Love the recipes"
"looks wonderful: QUESTION NEED ASAP: having 35 to brunch. Can this be made ahead and cooked/reheated later (better yet, frozen and then cooked for event). If so, instructions (or tried attempts with success??)"