As friends come and go...I first remember laughing hysterically with someone I no longer know at our table in the cafeteria where we had communed, back in high school. Later we lived together for one wildly wonderful and reckless, altogether too brief summer in Portland, Maine when we were still in college in 1989. I will never forget our...youthfulness. When we cooked, if we did, when we weren't highly caffeinated and chatty from Green Mountain Coffee or more than slightly inebriated from the pints of beer at Gritty's, these veggie pitas are what she used to make for me. I recently pulled out this old chestnut from what seems a hundred years ago now. How I still love these delicious pitas and pity about the rest of it.
2 pieces pita bread
1 sliced onion
1 sliced green pepper
1 package sliced mushrooms Hummus
Several slices of Swiss cheese
Brianna's Poppy Seed Dressing
Set your oven to the broiler function.
Saute the onion, pepper and mushrooms stove top in a little olive oil, until softened. While this is happening, place your pitas on an oven-appropriate tray and slather them with some hummus. I like making my own hummus, but Sabra Classic is also very good. Top the pitas with your saute, cover with Swiss cheese and put in the oven on the top rack. When the cheese has melted to your satisfaction, remove from the oven, spread with some sprouts and elicit a gentle stream of Brianna's Poppy Seed Dressing on the whole thing. The wheat germ we used to use to further dress our pitas is entirely optional.
After weathering a soul-shredding career as a theatrical agent that lasted entirely too long, Mr. Sherwood left his stable of actors from the stage and screen and went on to pursue his literary aspirations. He is currently the dining editor for Next magazine (nextmagazine.com) where he writes a weekly restaurant review column which also features Manhattan's best food and drink recipes from the finest chef's and bartenders on the island. In 2010 he was published in Foodista’s Best of Food Blogs Cookbook. He toiled as web editor for industry leader Interior Design magazine for several years and has also written for New York magazine, Travel & Leisure and Woman’s Day.
A proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, one of the nation’s top drinking schools, Mr. Sherwood also studied voice and theater abroad at Regent’s College, in London’s historic Regent’s Park, and at the Royal Academy of Music. He spent a year at Hunter College in Manhattan.
Mr. Sherwood recently published his first novel, the pale of memory, available on Amazon.com, BarnesAndNoble.com, and iUniverse.com. He is in the midst of writing a second.
Twitter/tweet/twat him @kaleidabox