Stuffed with savory caramelized onions, spinach, roast beef and melted gouda cheese. These roast beef and gouda rolls make an elegant appetizer or easy dinner that takes just one dish.
Oy vey, it’s been one of those weeks. The kind where you are working so hard, barely treading water while life just keeps piling up tasks around you. We are officially in “going to school mode.” Which is to say, all of us are trying, but we have a hard time keeping our crap together. None of us do early mornings well and the morning school routine is still really hard. One of my kids is drowning in homework already. And our mower broke this week, so only half the lawn is cut. The half that did get cut? A piece fell off the mower, so the process sounded like a motorcycle about to explode times 10. Our landscaping looks like it’s been maintained by the Tasmanian Devil. The hustle and bustle of the back to school shuffle means I’m on the lookout for easy, one dish dinners. Because washing dishes is the bane of my existence. While cleaning out the freezer this week I found some frozen bread dough I’d forgotten about. Frozen bread dough is one of my best friends, it’s so versatile. Dress it up sweet and make cinnamon rolls, or my favorite…a giant chocolate cinnamon roll! Stuff it with savory ingredients and turn it into dinner. These savory roast beef and gouda rolls fall into that category.
All you need is a cast iron skillet. Do you have a cast iron skillet? If you don’t, you really need to get one. Our grandma’s knew their stuff, cooking with cast iron is awesome. It transitions from stove to oven, is easy to clean, and is virtually indestructible.
Back to the roast beef and gouda rolls. Stuffed with caramelized onions, spinach, roast beef and melted gouda cheese these rolls make an elegant appetizer that is hearty enough to transition easily to dinner. Just add a side salad, some fruit, and you’re good to go.
One of the best parts of these rolls is the bottoms. They soak up all the butter and juices, making them buttery crisp on the edges. Then gooey melted gouda on the inside. Gooey melted cheese is practically my love language.
So easy! So yummy! So pretty! So little dishes to wash, thank the heavens.
- 1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed
- 7 ounces deli roast beef, sliced thin
- 8 ounces shredded gouda cheese
- 3 cups roughly chopped fresh spinach
- 1 medium sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- In a cast iron skillet, heat the butter over medium heat until melted.
- Add the onions and cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally until the onions have turned brown and have caramelized.
- While the onions caramelize, place the thawed bread dough on a lightly floured surface. With a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a 12 inch by 12 inch square.
- After the onions have caramelized add to the pan the spinach, garlic, and roast beef. Cook until the spinach has wilted. About 3-5 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, spread the roast beef mixture over the bread dough. Pour out the excess butter and juices from the pan, reserving only about 1 Tablespoon in the bottom.
- Sprinkle the grated cheese over the the dough.
- Starting at one end, roll the dough up and pinch to seal the edge. Slice the dough into 1 inch pieces and place into the skillet.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
- Serve warm.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 12 rolls
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223