Ingredients: Bread and Meat
Preparation: Roll it up and bake it
I love my traditional English Easter dinner, other than Christmas it is a chance to have a large family dinner with a pile of food. A great part about being married to an American-Italian-German is that food is an important part of Easter.
When we have partaken in dinner in NY I have been sent on epic quests just to locate a piece of meat. If I’d asked someone back home in England to drive 30 miles just to purchase a piece of meat they would call me crazy…however that meat, it tasted good. I mean real good. Even when my body started screaming at me that I’d eaten more pork than I should, I still needed to keep eating.
It wasn’t like I went into dinner on an empty stomach, beforehand I’d eaten some slices of Stromboli. If you’re sitting there with no idea what this is, as I didn’t before meeting my wife, it is possibly classified as humanity’s greatest gastronomical invention (along with garlic bread or pigs in blankets).
I imagine conversations around Stromboli’s creation happened something like this:
Frank: John, I love Swiss rolls.
John: They taste so good don’t they?
Frank: I love sponge with jelly rolled in, that’s a brilliant idea.
John: Oh, what about those chocolate ones with cream inside.
Frank: Then with chocolate coating?
Frank: Know what would be better than jelly or cream?
John: Could anything be better?
John. Exactly! What Swiss Rolls need is more meat, that would make it so awesome.
Frank: We should do this, right away.
Thus Stromboli came into being, because a couple of guys realised that sticking cold meats into a rolled up piece of bread, then baking it, would be a clear indication of mankind’s difference from animals. No otter, chimp or bird could think of creating such a brilliant piece of cookery.
Is there anything we could do to make Stromboli even better, I realise that this is like trying to paint a larger smile on Mona Lisa’s face, is to do something about eating so much bread. It is quite filling. Perhaps replace it with sausage meat?
Then, just like a chocolate covered treat, what you’d need is little extra ingredient to keep it bound together. What could that be, is there a food item that could make “amazing” awesome?
Of course there is.