The nights of the presidential debates, we were happy to accept the invitation to some friends’ apartment buidling. Since our own commentary was often louder than that of the candidates, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with the political part of our get-together. However, the snack offerings were always abundant, and one was glad to have companions.
The first week, Zach promised to bake a batch of buffalo chicken dip. It did not disappoint. Another week, Tyler and Natalie layered a bean-guacamole-cheese dish, which disappeared quickly along with a bag of corn tortilla chips. Sometimes I focused more on the candy bowl: mini dark chocolate bars and Goetz’s soft caramels with their cream centers…
November 8th, we didn’t have any specific plan. I knew that I could count on Joel being up following the election, but we didn’t set out snack foods to fortify us through the long night. Instead, we ate a regular meal and finished off two last scoops of mango gelato.
Then the phone rang. One of our friends was wondering if he could come over so that he wouldn’t have to follow the election at home by himself. His wife had plans to meet with some other ladies that evening.
My dilemma was what to offer as a snack. Said friend isn’t fond of cheese, so a cheese plate with fruit and nuts wouldn’t work so well. Fruit with chocolate didn’t seem substantial enough. Popcorn? Then you have the shoveling of popcorn into mouths, the sound of munching, and the greasy hands…
I didn’t have bread to toast and serve with jam or marmalade, but I did have half a tube of crescent dough. I’d wrapped some breakfast sausages in 4 of the triangles of canned dough that morning and baked them to serve alongside scrambled eggs. Filled with a mixture of cream cheese, sugar, almond extract, and chopped almonds, this half of the dough became a sweet contrast to the morning bake. Remembering the technique we used at Mozart’s bakery in Columbus, Ohio I brushed the hot pastries with an apricot glaze to give them a pleasant shine. A drizzle of chocolate also provides a nice touch.
Crescent dough is not equal to puff pastry, but it will do in a pinch. And, as it often is with baked goods, when they are warm and fresh you don’t get many complaints.