Complete with olive eyes, this slitheringfellow is so realistic, you expect him to hiss.
Recipe: Constricting SnakeBites
3 (16-ounce) loaves frozen white breaddough, thawed 6 tablespoons brown mustard 16-ounces thinly sliced ham 12-ounces thinly sliced salami 6-ounces provolone cheese, shredded 6-ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded 1 tablespoon water Green, red, and yellow liquid food coloring 3 large egg yolks 2 whole cloves 3 tablespoons Freshly grated Parmesan cheese, optional 2 small pimiento-stuffed olives Bottled roasted red sweet pepper strip (6 x 1-inch)
Line 3 cookie sheets with foil, greasethe foil and set aside. Roll one of the loaves of dough on alightly floured surface to a 26 x 6-inch rectangle. May needto allow dough to rest a few minutes occasionally while rollingout. Lightly brush 2 tablespoons mustard to within 1 inch ofthe sides of dough. Layer one third of the ham and salami overmustard. Mix together cheeses. Sprinkle one third of the cheesemixture over ham and salami. Brush edges of dough with water.Roll up into a spiral, tightly, starting with one of the longsides. Pinch all edges to seal. Shape dough on baking sheet inan ‘S’ shape.
Combine one of the egg yolks, one teaspoonwater, and several drops of desired food coloring. Repeat makinggreen, red, and yellow egg wash. Using a small brush paint stripescrosswise over loaf, allowing wash to drizzle down the sides.
Let loaf rise in a warm place for about20 minutes. Sprinkle top of loaf with 1 tablespoon of the Parmesancheese, if desired.
While one section of the ‘snake ‘ rises,repeat with remaining bread dough and ingredients. Taper oneend of each of these loaves to a rounded point making a headand tail. Insert 2 whole cloves at one of these ends making nostrilsof the ‘snake’. Place on remaining prepared cookie sheets. Paintand let rise as above.
Bake snake sections in a 375°F (190°C)oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until bottoms of loaves are golden.
Insert olives with toothpicks above thecloves, to form eyes. Place red pepper strip in front of snake’smouth. Assemble snake portions on bamboo leaves, if desired.