Ham & Broccoli Braid

This braid is so easy to throw together!  It reminds me of a hot pocket & tastes great.  I usually make my own dough, but I needed a quick dinner the other day & so I substituted crescent rolls, which is nice b/c it gives it a crunchy, flaky crust.   I will have to show you how to make a braid with your own dough in another post.  This is a mommy saver when you have no energy for something fancy!

 
Ham & Broccoli Braid
Ham & Broccoli Braid
Ham & Broccoli Braid

Ham & Broccoli Braid

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg reduced fat crescent rolls
  • 1/2 (14oz) pkg frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 1/2 (16oz) pkg diced ham
  • 4 oz neufchatel cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded colby jack cheese (you can always add more if you want it cheesier)
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp dehydrated onion
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Italian Bread Crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375*F. Spray a baking sheet & lay crescent rolls with fat end of the triangle in the center, four on the right, four on the left, each crescent slightly overlapping, & press together. (See picture if it's confusing.)
  2. In a stand mixer with the paddle attachment, break up broccoli (you can chop it up smaller on a cutting board, but the mixer is capable of doing this if your broccoli is thawed-NOT FROZEN.) Add ham, cream cheese, shredded cheese, dehydrated onion, & salt & pepper to taste.
  3. Place filling in center of dough & pull ends of crescents up & over the filling, tucking underneath the braid so it is sealed shut.
  4. Sprinkle top of braid with parmesan cheese & bread crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes or until GOLDEN brown. You want to make sure that the dough that is overlapped is still baked completely (not doughy) & that your filling is hot. Remove from oven, let cool 5 minutes, cut & serve.

Notes

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