Italian Brunch Torte
Total TimePrep: 50 min. Bake 1 hour + standing
- 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, divided use
- 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.
Nutrition Facts1 slice: 403 calories, 24g fat (10g saturated fat), 167mg cholesterol, 1360mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 23g protein.
Apr 12, 2020
Made exactly as recipe directs and it did not set at all. The peppers overwhelm the other flavors and make it way too soggy. Will try again without peppers and layering fresh spinach as another reviewer recommended.
May 3, 2019
I would like to make this for Mother's Day family brunch. Several reviews stated they made it the night before. Not clear on IF I would bake it and then refrigerate or just assemble ingredients and then bake when needed the next day. Can anyone let me know which way would work.
Apr 23, 2019
Made this for Easter brunch and it was a hit!! Substituted hot Italian sausage for the ham, used only one jar of peppers, layered the spinach leaves without cooking them, so it was not soggy. As recommended, make sure to line every side of the pan well with nonstick foil, otherwise the baked on egg drippings are a pain to clean.
Dec 30, 2018
I made this to serve on Christmas Eve morning, and it was a huge hit! Besides tasting great, it looks very impressive with just a little effort going in to making it. Will definitely save this recipe!
Dec 4, 2018
I saw the question previously but wondered if anyone had used pie crust. I don't care for the crescent dough either. 3 stars just because i haven't made yet but looks delicious! thanks!
Nov 12, 2018
Made this exactly as written and aside from the egg leaking out of my springform pan it was excellent. Everyone loved this very filling dish. A bit to put together but well worth it. We will enjoy this again for sure!
Mar 24, 2018
Why couldn't you use refrigerated pie crusts or make your own pie crust instead od the crescent roll dough?
Mar 3, 2018
Looks fabulous. I also am not of fan of refrigerated crescent rolls, that's why the 4 stars. Has anyone tried puff pastry sheets instead?
Nov 25, 2017
This is wonderful! But I cannot recommend enough Reynolds nonstck foil. Absolutely nothing sticks to it and it has a nice shiny appearance. In this recipe, just wrap it around the base of your springform pan. Then carefully run a sharp knife around the edges after the torte has baked and cooled to release it before trying to remove the skirt of the pan from the base. I use this foil for all appetizers that might stick and especially love using it when I make turtles. Another hint, if you are taking this anywhere, is to wrap the foil around a pre-made cardboard base that you can buy at most places that sell baking supplies, and sustitute it for the metal base in your pan. That way, you can leave leftovers and not lose your pan's metal base.
Nov 15, 2017
I made this with no changes. It was awesome! My only problem with it was my own impatience-- It does need to sit at least the 20 minutes stated in the recipe or it tries to slide apart.