My friend came over for dinner at the last moment--we had plans to meet elsewhere but the weather was decidedly inclement and I did not want to venture outside. But what to serve? A tube of Pillsbury crescent rolls coiled inside the refrigerator beckoned; I had some sliced pepperoni and fresh mushrooms in there too. I whipped up an easy Alfredo sauce as I already had butter, heavy cream (sometimes for coffee, eeek), garlic and Parmesan cheese on hand.
After concocting the sauce, I let it simmer on low heat. Meanwhile, I sauteed the mushrooms in butter and put the crescent dough in the oven flat-out on a baking sheet for half the suggested cooking time (a mere five minutes) before taking it out, slathering the sauce evenly upon it and topping the whole thing with the mushrooms and pepperoni. It went back into the oven for another five minutes or so until nicely golden brown. When cool enough to handle, I rolled everything into a log, like an ersatz Stromboli and finished it with steamed spinach.
Et voila! Dinner! A stiff red wine is good for this, and perhaps some green beans almondine. A simple salad lightly dressed with balsamic vinegar and a little olive oil is also a nice accompaniment. Why not serve a gelato of some kind such as pistachio or stracciatella for dessert? Do enjoy!
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 currenly the senior editor for Carnsmedia, was web editor for Interior Design and the dining editor for Next magazine (nextmagazine.com) where he wrote a weekly restaurant review column which also featured Manhattan's best food and drink recipes from the finest chefs and bartenders on the island. He has written for New York magazine, Travel & Leisure and Woman’s Day, among others, and his recipe for Wicked Good Clam Chowdah from this blog was published by Andrews McMeel in Foodista’s Best of Food Blogs Cookbook.
A proud graduate of the University of New Hampshire, 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.
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