Quick Dinner Fixins: Crescent Sandwich Roll-ups

Some days you just need a break from all the fancy meals and hard work. You just need something that will sooth the soul and make you feel all warm and cozy on the inside.

You know, like on those days when your father arrives out of the blue in the front yard, boat in tow and tosses three giant live, flopping, breathing, fighting for their lives fish in the nearest cooler and drives away.

I have never cleaned a fish. I have only seen it done once – over 10 years ago.

They are flopping in the cooler.

Flashbacks to childhood vacation trauma.

The only ‘family’ vacation I can remember (other than a trip to the beach for the day) was a week long trip to New Hampshire when I was in the third grade. I brought my poetry homework with me and we barreled through the night from our home, boat in tow, to a beautiful lake in the great north east. We parked our boat at our rented cottage and began our week of fishing….

Did I mention I was in the third grade? And you put me on a boat for a wee?! A boat where you have to sit still and wait for something to tug on the other end of a very long string – with poetry homework and a box of Life cereal, which I hate.

All I can remember about this trip is a massive arcade at some point (I’m talking old school Centipede and everything), losing all rights and privileges to ever again , and the haunting sound of a fish flopping for what seemed like hours in the mini fridge of our rented cabin.

See, when you catch an award winning fish, a fish worth eating or mounting, it has to hang out somewhere before it can be gutted or stuffed. Being as my dad’s wife had caught just such a fish, they quickly wrapped it in whatever the little cabin had in its cabinets and put it in the freezer. A tiny freezer. The freezer that I could hear it struggling in for the rest of the night all the way in my little cabin room, completely under the covers. All night long. I think that particular fish lived longer than physically possible just to permanently etch the sound of flopping fish in hallow containers in my brain so that on this vary day I would be sent into shock as my father drove off leave Flip, Flop, and Bubba behind for me to ‘take care of’.

Yeah, this is the kind of meal you have after dealing with those kinds of days.


In case you are wondering,

a) When you tell a happily putting along 3rd grader that she is not going fast enough in your supercharged bass boat she will indeed with no previous experience of driving anything and no concept of how motors run drop the throttle – almost throwing you off the back and sending the boat into a very dangerous out of control spiral. However, this one incident over a decade ago is not justification for never again letting her drive your boat.

b) for those of you that are super curious, after watching several instructional video’s on Youtube and a 10 minute very amusing ‘you can’t hold a fish right’ ‘no you put the knife in first’ ‘no you’ battle in my front yard with Handsome, we decided that we were indeed much smarter than we appear and drove Flip, Flop, and Bubba to his parents house where his uncle filleted them for us. See, we are smart. 😉
We did watch and take notes so next time we are prepared.

Btw, I still to this day, do not like Life cereal.

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  1. says

    Awesome choice for a break from the fancy food!

    Just a side note: Eating fish right after catching and cooking it is just as good as fresh baked bread right out of the oven!

  2. Tanya C. says

    I can just picture this, thanks for a great Monday story! Great use of resources, can’t wait to see what you cook with flip, flop and bubba!

  3. says

    LOL Kita, this had me laughing imagining your dad handing over the reigns of the boat, totally something my own dad would have done. Dinner looks awesome too!

  4. Dionne Baldwin says

    I don’t blame you for being traumatized! On several levels. How disturbing that would be to hear a fish flopping all night! In the freezer! Ugh.

    On a lighter note, you just saved me. If you were here I would hug you!!! I have been looking and hoping for the perfect thing to make Wednesday after football. Something that can be finger food and is quick to make! I appreciate you.

  5. says

    This is a fantastic meal! I love how simple it is and how wonderful I am sure it is.

    Poor girl stuck on a bought for a week in the 3rd grade with flopping fish haha. I think I would have been OK if I would have gotten to play old school arcade games though! Centipede? Holy crap, that game was the shizzle

  6. says

    This is the perfect snack for the kids seriously THANKS for posting I am in need of good after school snacks. The fish story cracks me up lol.

  7. says

    I’m with you ! My parents have a boat and go for a fishing vacation every summer, I do not go with them because fishing is boring and gross. Boyfriend and I did the lazy dinner tonight and went to Panera for soup! Your dinner looks better.

  8. kelli says

    I don’t know what point you were trying to prove, but I think you’re right and that he should apologize. Haha.
    Have a good weekend,

  9. says

    lol you poor thing. you had some pretty tough monster fish trying to get out of your freezer as a little girl, I think I’d be traumatized too

    haha good job uncle! :) Sometimes other people just have to take care of those things for you. If i was closer i’d do it!

    yummy little sands

  10. says

    Oh Kita – too funny! I think I would be traumatized after that too, but I must say, I do adore Life cereal =)

    These roll-ups sound fantastic – but then again, anything with bacon usually is!

  11. says

    What a hilarious story…I can only imagine how traumatized I’d be after listening to a fish flop to its death in the freezer! I’d opt for these yummy roll ups over gutting a fish any day…but glad you now know how to do it.

  12. says

    Yum, what a great new way to use the crescent rolls. I have had a hard time being creative with dinners lately so I can’t wait to try a new recipe! Thanks for sharing.

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