Italian Beef Ring

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Italian Beef Ring recipe made with just 4 ingredients! This flavorful beef crescent ring is a fun, hearty meal or game day snack.

You can never have too many snacks on game day. Don’t forget to make a few good dips, like Beer Cheese Dip or Jalapeno Spinach Queso, too!

This Italian Beef Ring is a quick and easy dinner recipe. Make using my slow cooker italian beef, or store bought! Great game day appetizer too!

Why This Dinner is Best

So a few weeks ago I shared a recipe for Slow Cooker Italian Beef. Remember? I talked about my love of all Chicago food, like our easy Chicago pizza recipe.

  • This crescent ring recipe is a fun twist on Chicago-style Italian beef sandwiches.
  • Cooked beef is baked with giardiniera inside a ring of crescent rolls!
  • The flavorful au jus from the beef becomes a dipping sauce for the Italian beef ring slices.
  • A quick and easy recipe for dinner, parties and your game day viewing!

Stock up on crescent rolls next time you go shopping. Once you learn how to make crescent rings you’ll want to try them with all kinds of fillings!

This Buffalo Chicken Ring is another crowd pleaser. I even have a dessert version with this Apple Cheesecake Ring.

This Italian Beef Ring is a quick and easy dinner recipe. Make using my slow cooker italian beef, or store bought! Great game day appetizer too!

Ingredient Notes

My favorite part about this recipe? You only need 4 ingredients to make it.

  • Italian Beef – You can buy the frozen tubs for convenience or use this Italian Beef recipe to make your own.
  • Giardiniera – A blend of picked Italian vegetables. You can use either mild or spicy, depending on your preference.
  • Shredded cheese – I love using Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar here.
  • Crescent rolls – You’ll need two full packages, uncooked.
This Italian Beef Ring is a quick and easy dinner recipe. Make using my slow cooker italian beef, or store bought! Great game day appetizer too!

Easy Assembly

Once you have all your ingredients ready, here’s how to make a beef crescent ring:

  • Lay all your crescent rolls out in a circle, like I did in this Buffalo Chicken Ring. (You can see photos on that post for a more thorough explanation).
  • Add beef to the crescent rolls. Cover with cheese.
  • Drain the gardiniera and arrange it over the cheese.
  • Wrap the rolls around the filling from the wide end, working inward.
  • Bake until golden brown and enjoy!

Recipe FAQs

What is Italian Beef?

The Italian beef in this recipe refers to a type of beef roast that’s simmered with peppers and Italian seasonings. It’s an Italian American dish that’s very popular in my home city, Chicago.

Do I need crescent rolls or crescent dough?

This recipe uses the crescent rolls that come already serrated into triangles, easy to separate. The shape of the crescents makes pulling off single servings of beef ring so easy!

Do I eat beef ring with my hands or with a fork?

That’s up to you. I eat this as a finger foodu002du002dno knife and fork required.

This Italian Beef Ring is a quick and easy dinner recipe. Make using my slow cooker italian beef, or store bought! Great game day appetizer too!

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Italian Beef Ring

4.80 from 5 votes
By: Aimee
Game day Italian Beef Ring with au jus!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 servings


  • 2 packages refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 2 pounds Italian Beef au jus reserved for later
  • 1 cup giardiniera mild or spicy, drained
  • 8 ounce shredded sharp cheddar cheese
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  • Using a large pizza pan, open packages of crescent rolls. Lay the first package in a large circle, connecting the wide part of the crescent roll in the center. Top with second package of crescents. Use fingertips to combine and create an indentation to add italian beef.
  • Fill indentation with Italian Beef. Top with giardiniera and shredded cheese. Roll triangles up over filling, using hands to spread dough as needed.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. While baking, heat au jus. If using my homemade slow cooker recipe, use the excess juice in the crock pot. If using Papa Charlie’s Italian Beef, heat up the remaining au jus in the container, in a sauce pan until simmering.
  • Serve hot Italian Beef Ring with au jus. ENJOY!


  • Don’t forget to drain and reserve the au jus (that’s the juice the beef releases while cooking). Serve warm in in the center of your ring for dipping!
  • I love using Papa Charlie’s Italian Beef in this recipe when I don’t have time to make my own beef from scratch. It’s my favorite brand!
  • Italian Beef Ring is best enjoyed fresh and hot! Leftovers don’t keep well, since the crescent rolls tend to lose their flaky texture.
  • See blog post for more recipe tips and tricks.


Calories: 256kcal, Carbohydrates: 7g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 73mg, Sodium: 778mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
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Easy to make Italian Beef Ring with crescent rolls is a hearty, flavorful appetizer, main course or party snack!

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Posted on November 4, 2015

Comments & Reviews

  1. I confess I have not made one of these rings before but I do not know what I am waiting for! My family would go crazy over this! Can’t wait for Chicago!

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