Step 1: Assemble the ingredients: Crescent roles (16), Prosciutto, Mozzarella cheese, Pepperocini OR Banana Pepper rings, fresh Basil (with nice big leaves), Ham (I preferred Smoked), Provolone cheese, and Salami (again, I preferred a nice Hard Salami).
Create a "Compass Rose" of the crescent rolls. I will admit, I HATE crescent rolls from the canister. They are sticky and stretchy and hard to manage...but the promised outcome drove me to endure this.
First layer: shredded Mozzarella cheese.
Second layer: Banana Pepper rings.
Third layer: fresh Basil leaves.
Fourth layer: half slices of Hard Salami.
Fifth layer: folded thin slices of deli Smoked Ham.
Sixth layer: folded thin slices of deli Prosciutto.
Seventh layer: half slices of Provolone cheese.
Final treatment: sprinkled salt and freshly ground pepper.
Fold the limbs in to create a "wreath".
Back at 375˚ for 30 minutes (not a minute more!)
Allow to cool for 15 minutes and transfer to a serving platter. I added a dipping bowl of Olive Oil and Italian Spices. In retrospect, I might have filled it with a marinara sauce.
On a scale of 1 to 10? Somewhere between a 7.5 and 8. It would be well received at most parties and casual gatherings like game days or poker nights or kids sleepovers.
I was born on a bitterly cold end of January night in the year 1961. It was seven years to the day after the birth of Oprah Winfrey, and one year before the death of Robert Frost on that same day. Cool associations both.
I was the first child of older parents (my mother was 42). I love the color yellow. I am single, and fascinated with life.