Holy Moly! These things pretty much surprised us. I have always loved sloppy joes. No, they are not healthy for you but eating this every once in a while will NOT kill you lol And you can use leaner hamburger meat and your own homemade sloppy joe sauce, or even use turkey! BE CREATIVE!
The addition of cheese and the crunchy yet soft crust makes this meal much cleaner than using a bun, and it adds a more unique and richer flavor. This will definitely become a regular menu item in my future meal planning!
My husband ate two large plates and my son ate three small helpings. He’s TWO and he kept asking “More, mama, pweeeez!” My little dude loved it and so did my honey. My daughter ate it but wasn’t too impressed (but she’s not big on sloppy joes anyway…not sure she’s my daughter haha).
First, preheat oven to 350 deg. Spray 13×9 (3 quart) glass baking dish with cooking spray (along bottom and sides).
Next, roll out one can of crescent rolls and spread across bottom of dish. Stretch it so it completely covers the bottom and goes up a little on the ends.
Fry up 1 pound of hamburger meat. Drain it very well and wipe additional grease out of pan. Put hamburger meat back into pan and add can of sloppy joe sauce. Heat to warmed through, about 10 minutes.
Spoon sloppy joe mixture onto rolled out crescent dough. Cover the bottom completely.
Sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese across the sloppy joe mixture. Add as much or as little as you want. Just make sure you remember you have another roll to place on top!
Unroll second can of crescent rolls and place on top of cheese. Make sure the ends kind of curl down the sides to close up the ends. And make sure the dough is stretched to cover the entire top. Melt butter and pour over the top, using a basting brush to spread the butter out evenly (don’t DRENCH it, just enough to spread!). Sprinkle top with Parmesan cheese and Parsley Flakes or whatever you want. The original recipe, found here, uses sesame seeds, but I loved the added taste of the parmesan and parsley.
Pop that bad mama-jama in the preheated oven at 350 deg for 30 minutes, or until golden brown. I left it in there for exactly 30 minutes and it came out a little crunchier and browner than I would have liked, BUT it was still delicious!!!
Sloppy Joe Squares
- 1 lb hamburger meat
- 1 can sloppy joe mix
- 2 cans crescent rolls (8 or 12 oz)
- 1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 3/4 Tbsp butter, melted
- Parmesan cheese, grated
- parsley flakes
- Preheat oven to 350 deg. Spray 13×9 inch glass baking dish with cooking spray along the bottom and sides.
- Cook hamburger meat over medium heat until browned. Drain well. Add meat back to pan and pour can of sloppy joe mix into meat. Stir until well blended and then heat thoroughly, about 10 minutes.
- Roll out one can of crescent rolls, making sure most of the seams are not fully apart (but they don’t have to be fully sealed either…cheese holds it together). Pour sloppy joe mixture over dough and spread out evenly.
- Sprinkle good helping of cheese over mixture. Top with second unrolled crescent roll dough. Pour melted butter over top and spread evenly.
- Sprinkle Parmesan cheese and parsley flakes over butter. Bake at 350 deg for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.
And there ya go! While this takes a little longer (maybe an hour total until it cools down enough for the kids) it is very simple and worth the wait. I stood in the kitchen and read while I waited on it to bake, so it’s a chill recipe. I hope you enjoyed this as much as we did!
** EDIT : UPDATE **
So I posted this recipe on one of my other blogs I had before this one. I copied the posts I really liked to transfer onto this blog in the event I have a “brain fart” day. I have made this meal 5-6 times since I originally posted it.
- In MY oven it cooks perfectly around 24 minutes.
- I make sure to use just regular shredded (NOT finely shredded) sharp cheddar cheese to really bring out the flavors. The crescent roll dough is much more robust in taste compared to a bun, so the cheese is a nice off-set.
- Garlic salt is a GREAT addition to this meal. BUT, you have to be like my family and really LOVE garlic lol.
- This makes A LOT. I think my family eats rather large portions. After we gobbled it up the first time, we STILL had half of the meal left. You can let it cool completely and then cut into individual portions. Seal in freezer bags. When you want a portion, let it thaw in the fridge overnight and then either pop it in the microwave or pop it back in the oven for 10 minutes or so.
And that’s it for the updates for now. If you have similar recipes to this or tweaks, let me know!