Saturday, September 26, 2009

Substitutions, Substitutions
Wanting to make a recipe that I had made only once before, a very long time ago, I bought what I thought I needed to make the dish. Guess I should have dug out the recipe first.
Let's review, shall we?
Here is the recipe I was attempting to make:


This easy recipe comes from an HGTV Christmas special. The pesto gives it a unique flavor. Pesto can be found in the Italian food section of the grocery store.

1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
2 tbs. commercial pesto
6 thin slices honey ham
6 thin slices Swiss cheese

Spread the pesto over the sheet of puff pastry dough, top with ham slices then cheese. Start rolling the long side of the dough and continue until reaching the middle of the pastry sheet. Roll the opposite end in to meet the first roll.

Cut the roll into half-inch thick slices with a bread knife. Place the slices on a cookie sheet lined with parchment and bake at 425 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until golden brown.

And this is where I started this time. First off, I had bought whack-a-dough crescent roll dough, while I had mozzarella cheese, pesto and ham on hand at home.
Well, two out of four ingredients aren't bad...

I lightly floured the cutting board before rolling out the dough with my mini roller.

Now I was ready for the pesto.
Fuzzy green stuff in the pesto jar is definitely not good eats.
Time for substitution number three.

I chose a combination of whole grain Dijon mustard and honey mustard to replace the pesto in the recipe.

Time to start spreading.
My husband wandered through the kitchen about this time and wondered if the "M" stood for Marilyn's Munchies.
Um yeah, of course, dear.
And then he asked if it was MYOL (Make Your Own Lunch)
"What do you think I am making, dear?
Now just be patient and run along."

Then a layer of ham went on.

Followed by a layer of mozzarella cheese.

Then I rolled the thing up in a spiral, starting at one long end.
(Yet another deviation from the recipe.)

I then cut the log into 1/2" slices.

I placed the slices on a silicon mat-covered baking sheet.
This went into a preheated 375 degree oven for 12 minutes.
(Please note the temperature change from the original recipe to account for the different dough used.)

These can be served either warm or at room temperature.
The verdict of my triple substitution of a four ingredient recipe?
Four thumbs up.
What can I say?
I rock.


Rosie Hawthorne said...

Wow. Gives new meaning to Sandy's admonitiion, "to just use anything you have."

Marilyn said...

It just goes to show you that you shouldn't let a sick person in the kitchen to cook!

easy recipes said...

It look like a fun and easy recipe. Thanks for the idea.