Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins
I saw Paula Deen make this on Foodtv for a Halloween show and it looked like so much fun. DS and I did have a blast making it. DS thought it was so great to have a snake for dinner. More fun with food! :) Change the meats & cheeses to whatever tickles your fancy. I mostly "eyeballed" when making this so not sure if I used the exact amounts specified. I didn't need a whole bell pepper so got a couple of strips from the grocery salad bar. Now what to do with the rest of the jar of olives!?!
- 1 (8 ounce) can crescent rolls (8 count)
- flour, for dusting
- 4 tablespoons spicy mustard
- 10 ounces thin slice salami
- 10 ounces thin slice bologna
- 12 ounces monterey jack cheese, grated
- liquid food coloring
- 3 egg yolks, divided
- 2 whole cloves
- 2 small pimento stuffed olives
- red pepper (fresh or jarred)
- Prehat oven to 375°F.
- Line a cookie sheet with foil, grease and set aside (or use non-stick foil).
- Dust a flat surface with flour and spread out the crescent dough being careful not to separate.
- Pinch the seams together so it is 1 piece of dough.
- With a rolling pin, roll out into a large rectangle, being careful to not get too thin.
- Brush dough with mustard to 1 inch of the edge.
- Layer meats down the middle of the rectangle, leaving a 1 inch border.
- Layer cheese over the meats.
- Fold lengthwise, 1 side of the dough over the filling to the center of the meat/cheese mixture.
- Fold the other side over and press the dough to seal in the filling.
- Lightly beat 1 egg yolk.
- Brush the egg yolk over the top of the dough to "glue" the pieces together.
- Fold the dough lengthwise in half again, pinching the seam to seal.
- Taper one end of the snake to make a tail and form the other end into a head.
- Beat the remaining 2 egg yolks and separate into 3 small bowls.
- Add food coloring to each bowl to make colors of your choice.
- Using a pastry brush (or paintbrush), paint stripes, dots or the design of your choice onto the snake with the egg yolk mixture.
- Transfer the snake to the foil-lined baking sheet.
- Form the snake into an "S" or other shape.
- Insert 2 cloves into the head for nostrils.
- Cut the red pepper into a tongue shape (V at one end) and insert into the head.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes (or according to package directions) or until golden brown and cooked through.
- Insert toothpick into the olives (perpendicular to the pimiento) and insert into the snakes head to create the eyes.
- Serve your snake!
This is GREAT for Halloween! Paula Deen calls this Snake Bites, go over to the Food Network site to see the cool pic! I have used many different fillings, it is very versatile. I always use 2 cans of cresent rolls, otherwise I don't think all of the fillings would fit. I have made this with my nieces and nephews and we had a GREAT time! Thanks for posting, Ducky.
Huge hit for my pre-halloween dinner for my family. I always try to made a fun "different" meal before we carve pumpkins and this is what i served. My 5 yr old was speechless when I set this on our table....lol. The kids thought this was great and it tasted great too. I will repeat this over and over again but it wont be as funny as the first time I served this. I used 3 colors and painted stripes, it looked so real. Thank you for making our meal a fun one....Stephanie