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Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls

Divine Delight: Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls – A Flavor Explosion Wrapped in Warmth

Prepare yourself for a culinary experience that transcends the ordinary – our Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls. These golden parcels of delight are not just bread; they’re a symphony of cheesy goodness and garlicky aroma, wrapped in the comforting embrace of crescent roll dough. Join us as we embark on a journey to create these irresistible rolls that will elevate your bread game to new heights and fill your kitchen with the inviting scent of warm, cheesy perfection.

Ingredients:

For the Crescent Roll Dough:

  • 2 1/4 teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk (110°F/43°C)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the Cheesy Garlic Filling:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For the Garlic Butter Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt to taste

Instructions:

Step 1: Activate the Yeast

  1. In a bowl, combine warm milk and sugar. Sprinkle yeast over the mixture and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until frothy.

Step 2: Mix the Dough 2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the activated yeast mixture with melted butter, flour, and salt. Knead the dough on a floured surface until smooth. Place it in a greased bowl, cover, and let it rise for 1-2 hours, or until doubled in size.

Step 3: Prepare the Cheesy Garlic Filling 3. In a bowl, mix together softened butter, minced garlic, mozzarella, cheddar, Parmesan, chopped parsley, salt, and black pepper. Set aside.

Step 4: Roll Out the Dough 4. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Roll out the risen dough on a floured surface into a large rectangle.

Step 5: Spread the Filling 5. Spread the cheesy garlic filling evenly over the rolled-out dough, leaving a small border along the edges.

Step 6: Roll and Cut 6. Starting from one long edge, tightly roll the dough into a log. Slice the log into 12 equal pieces.

Step 7: Arrange in a Pan 7. Place the sliced rolls in a greased baking dish, leaving a little space between each roll for them to expand.

Step 8: Make the Garlic Butter Glaze 8. In a small bowl, mix melted butter, minced garlic, chopped parsley, and a pinch of salt. Brush this glaze over the tops of the rolls.

Step 9: Bake to Golden Perfection 9. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the rolls are golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Step 10: Serve Warm 10. Allow the Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls to cool for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy them warm with a side of marinara sauce or on their own.

Cooking Notes:

  • Perfect Dough Rising: Place the dough in a warm, draft-free area for optimal rising. A turned-off oven with the light on or near a window can be ideal.
  • Cheese Choices: Experiment with different cheese blends. Pepper jack, asiago, or gouda can add unique flavors to the filling.
  • Customize the Garlic Glaze: Adjust the amount of garlic in the glaze to suit your preference. You can also add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a hint of heat.
  • Make-Ahead Option: Prepare the rolls up to the point of slicing, cover the pan, and refrigerate overnight. Bake in the morning for fresh, warm rolls.

Variations:

1. Spinach and Feta Twist: Add sautéed spinach and crumbled feta to the cheesy garlic filling for a Mediterranean-inspired flavor.

2. Bacon and Jalapeño Extravaganza: Mix crispy bacon bits and diced jalapeños into the filling for a savory, spicy kick.

3. Pesto Parmesan Perfection: Spread a thin layer of pesto over the dough before adding the cheesy garlic filling, and sprinkle extra Parmesan on top for a burst of herbal freshness.

Keto and Low-Carb Versions:

For the Keto Enthusiasts:

  • Crescent Roll Dough: Substitute almond flour for all-purpose flour and use a keto-friendly sweetener instead of sugar.
  • Cheesy Garlic Filling: Use full-fat cream cheese and keto-friendly shredded cheeses.
  • Garlic Butter Glaze: Utilize melted butter, minced garlic, and chopped parsley without any sugar.

Low-Carb Adaptation:

  • Crescent Roll Dough: Reduce the amount of all-purpose flour and sugar. Replace with a low-carb flour alternative and a low-carb sweetener.
  • Cheesy Garlic Filling: Choose low-carb cheeses and replace the sugar in the filling with a low-carb sweetener.
  • Garlic Butter Glaze: Use melted butter, minced garlic, and chopped parsley without adding sugar.

In conclusion, our Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls are more than just a side dish; they are a celebration of warm, comforting flavors that bring people together. From the pillowy softness of the crescent roll dough to the gooey blend of cheeses and the aromatic garlic butter glaze, each element contributes to a taste experience that is nothing short of divine. Whether served as an accompaniment to a meal or enjoyed as a standalone treat, these rolls are sure to become a family favorite. So, preheat that oven, gather your ingredients, and indulge in the joy of creating a batch of Cheesy Garlic Crescent Rolls – a culinary creation that wraps you in a blanket of cheesy, garlicky bliss. Enjoy the warm embrace of these rolls as they transport you to a place where every bite is a moment of pure satisfaction.

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