Friday, November 23, 2007

Crescent Ring With Bacon And Chicken

Prep: 20 minutes

Bake: 25 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

2 tubes (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent rolls
1 can (10 ounces) chunk white chicken, drained and flaked
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup finely chopped sweet red pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
6 bacon strips, cooked and crumbled
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon Italian salad dressing mix

Grease a 14-in. pizza pan. Unroll crescent roll dough; separate into 16 triangles. Place wide end of one triangle 3 in. from edge of prepared pan with point overhanging edge of pan. Repeat with remaining triangles along outer edge of pan, overlapping the wide ends (dough will look like a sun when complete). Lightly press wide ends together.

In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Spoon over wide ends of dough. Fold points of triangles over filling and tuck under wide ends (filling will be visible). Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown

Tips and Tricks

This recipe was from a Simple and Delicious magazine, and while I kept the basic idea the same, I lightened it up significantly. I used reduced-fat crescent rolls. In place of 3/4 cup mayo, I used 3/8 cup light mayo and 3/8 cup fat-free plain yogurt. I reduced the amount of bacon, and I blotted the bacon to remove excess grease before adding it to the filling. I did use canned chicken, in the interest of time, but in the future, will cook and cube my own chicken (this method is also cheaper). I used Monterey Jack cheese in place of Swiss, banana peppers in place of sweet red pepper, and Good Seasonings salad dressing mix for the Italian dressing mix required. This filling would also be good with ham. You can also prepare this dish ahead of time and refrigerate until you are ready to bake it.

Make It Healthier

Use light mayo and replace half the recipe calls for with plain yogurt. Use reduced fat crescent rolls and reduce the bacon. Try adding finely chopped carrot or broccoli to the filling to up the vegetable quota.

How Kids Can Help

Older kids can open the can of chicken. Younger kids can use a vegetable chopper to chop the peppers and onions.

1 comment:

Blissful Anonymity said...

YUMMY YUMMY YUMMY! I added extra chicken to satisfy my carnavor hubby. Didn't have onions so I upped the sweet peppers and just added onion powder.