Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto)

Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes

Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto)

The "involtini" (meat rolls) is a very popular dish among the Italians, usually eaten with mashed potatoes or polenta. Its main characteristic is that you can fill them with whatever you want. It's a clever way to cook and flavour the meat, and you can prepare them in many different ways. Here, I will present one of the simplest recipes, which requires very few ingredients. Once you have mastered the technique, you can try making them with different fillings.
Note: in the directions, watching the photograph where I add the sage leaves (left of the pan) you will notice some of the cheese trying to escape out; this is inevitable if you are using slices of processed cheese. If you do not want this to happen you may try a harder cheese like Parmesan cheese cut into batons and putting one baton in the roll.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 650 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 8×60 grams (2 1/2 oz) Thin slices topside of beef
  • 4 Wide slices of cooked ham (alternatively 8 small slices)
  • 8 Slices of processed cheese
  • A little container with plain flour for dusting
  • 60 ml (2 fl oz) Extra virgin olive oil
  • 100 ml (4 fl oz) White wine
  • A ladleful of beef stock (dissolve 1 stock cube in about a pint of boiling water)
  • 5 Sage leaves
  • Salt and ground pepper for seasoning
  • About 3 metres of string for tying the meat (ask your butcher)

Instructions

  • Take the first topside slice of beef and put it onto a working surface. Cut one slice of cooked ham in two halves (I prefer using wide slices of cooked ham because I can cut them in different shapes and sizes according to my needs).
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  • Put one of the cooked ham slices you cut onto the topside slice as shown in the photograph.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • On the top of the ham put one slice of cheese.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Slices of processed cheese melt easily so, to limit the cheese from coming out during the cooking, we need to flip the topside slices edges towards the inside as shown in the photograph.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Next, roll the topside slice up.
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  • Tie the roll with a piece of string; this will keep the roll together during the cooking. There you are, the first involtino is ready! (involtino is the singular word and involtini is the plural).
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Repeat the procedure until you have 8 involtini.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Coat each involtino with flour.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Now, they are ready for cooking.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Take a sauté pan that can contain all the involtini, put the olive oil into it and heat the oil (medium/high heat). Also, keep a small pan with the beef stock handy because you will need a ladleful of stock soon.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • When the oil is hot, add all the involtini into the pan.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Brown the involtini. This will take few minutes, usually a couple of minutes for each side.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Use a wooden spatula so that you can easily turn the involtini around until they are browned.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Once browned, you will also notice that the bottom of the pan starts becoming a bit too dry so this is the right time to add the white wine.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Let the wine evaporate for a couple of minutes, bring the heat down to medium/low and add the sage leaves.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Season with black pepper.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Season with salt.
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  • Add just one ladleful of beef stock and cook for few minutes until the sauce thickens (usually no more than 8-10 minutes).
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • They are ready!
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
  • Serve them hot, accompanied with mashed potatoes.
    Meat rolls (Involtini al prosciutto) | Meat Recipes
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Nutrition

Calories: 650kcal
Keyword Meat
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By Federico

Federico Pezzaioli is an ex-badass Italian Paratrooper on a mission - to make creating delicious authentic Italian food really easy. He researches, writes and photographs each recipe with the same attention to detail he used to apply to packing his parachute.

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