One of our MOST REQUESTED MEALS... Italian Effretes! Learn how to make your own Effretes with step by step instructions.
I am all about easy, especially on crazy weeknights! My oldest started kindergarten this year so I want fast and easy meals. But my family doesn't want to eat soup every night (why not, right?). This recipe is a favorite in our family. I'm not even sure where the name comes from but it's what we have always called these puppies. It was invented by my Grandma and, next to her spaghetti, one of the most requested meals. My Grandma is an amazing cook! She just throws things together and they come out tasting amazing and leaving us salivating for more. Effretes sound really fancy but, trust me, they are so easy to throw together and they are toddler approved (my little guy ate two!). This recipe makes 6 large effretes, 12 small ones, or, the way we do it for our family of four, 4 large and 4 small effretes. This is also a fun meal to involve the kiddos. While they can't do the main cooking (because it's hot), they will have fun rolling out the dough. My five year old loves doing this part for me, though I do finish it off once he gets them going. He even snapped a picture of me with my phone while I was cooking. (Pardon the mess!) Here's how you make them:
STEP ONE: Thaw 12 rolls according to package directions. STEP TWO: Brown the Italian Sausage (or Ground Beef if that's what you're using). Once it's mostly browned, add 1 small diced onion, 1 diced green pepper, salt, pepper, and garlic. Let everything get browned with some nice color. Next, add one can of diced tomatoes (I drain a little of the liquid out). Let it simmer for about 12 minutes. STEP THREE: While the meat mixture is simmering, you can begin rolling out the rolls. For larger effretes (adult sized), I use 2 of the regular dinner rolls. One roll makes the perfect sized effrete for little mouths and hands. This is what one roll looks like rolled out after I've helped my son with it.
STEP FOUR: When the meat mixture is through, add 1-2 Tbs of it to the small sized effretes. For the larger size, use 2-4 Tbsp (it depends on how packed you want them to be). You only want to add the meat mixture to one side so you can bring the other side over to form a pocket. STEP FIVE: When the meat mixture is added, fold the top of the effrete over like you're going to make a hand pie. Then, using a fork, go around the edges to seal them off. Do this with all of the effretes. Once they are done, add them to a foil lined baking sheet (this helps with clean up because they can open up when baking sometimes!). STEP SIX: Bake them at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Serve with a side salad and you are good to go! These are great as leftovers the next day too.
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Italian EffretesServings: 6-12 | Skills: Beginning | Prep Time: 20 min (not including thaw time) | Bake Time: 15 min
12 Rhodes Dinner Rolls
1 lb Italian Sausage or Ground Beef
1 small onion, diced
1 green pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can diced tomatoes Salt and Pepper to taste
Thaw dinner rolls according to package directions. Brown sausage (or ground beef) until nearly brown add onions, green pepper, garlic, and salt and pepper.
Next add the can of diced tomatoes. Let simmer for 12 minutes. For small Effretes, roll out one dinner roll. For larger Effretes, combine 2 dinner rolls and roll out.
Roll them into circles and be sure not roll out too thin or they won't hold the filling.
When the meat mixture is cooked through add 1-2 Tablespoons of filling for the small size and 2-4 Tablespoons for the large size.
Place filling on left side, bring the right side over to create a pocket. Using a fork, seal the edges of the meat pocket. Set uncooked Effretes on foil lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.