Italian zucchini crescent pie recipe from 1980

Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie

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Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie

Bake the recipe that won $40,000! This Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie won America’s Bake-Off Contest, and it’ll win with your family, too.

Mrs Max Caplan of Tamarac, Florida, won the Grand Prize of $40,000 in the 1980 America’s Bake-Off Contest with this delightfully mellow pie made of light, flaky Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (canned dough) and fresh zucchini.

It bakes in just twenty minutes! Try it — and make summertime menu magic for your family.

Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie

Italian Zucchini Crescent Pie (1980)

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 4 cups thinly sliced zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon oregano leaves
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Kraft natural mozzarella cheese or Casino natural muenster cheese
  • 8-ounce can Pillsbury refrigerated quick crescent dinner rolls
  • 2 teaspoons mustard


  1. Cook and stir the thinly sliced zucchini and chopped onion in margarine for 10 min.
  2. Stir in Italian spices.
  3. Combine eggs and cheese.
  4. Stir in zucchini mixture.
  5. Separate Crescent rolls into 8 triangles. Place in ungreased 10" pie pan; press over bottom and up sides to form crust.
  6. Spread mustard over the crust.
  7. Pour vegetable mixture into crust.
  8. Bake in preheated 375 (F) oven for 18-20 min, or until center is set. (Cover crust with foil during last 10 minutes of baking.)
  9. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.


For 12- by 8-inch baking dish, separate dough into 2 long rectangles; press over bottom and 1-inch up sides to form crust.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 278Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 465mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 10g

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