According to ‘the food of italy, a journey for food lovers’ (no, I don’t know why the series does not like capital letters) ‘involtini’ means: little bundles. Traditionally, they were made with meat or fish and stuffed with breadcrumbs, currents and pine nuts.
Involtini is the name they gave to this recipe so I’m using it… with clarification.
How could I pass up a dish that uses asparagus?
As usual, the recipe is adapted for our tastes and local ingredients.
Involtini – Veal Rolls stuffed with Asparagus
Total time: 45 minutes
- 4 thin slices veal, about 12oz (360gr) total weight
- 8 asparagus spears, trimmed
- 2 slices Prosciutto, cut in half to fit the veal
- 4 slices medium hard cheese, (like Gouda), trimmed to fit
- 8 marjoram leaves
- 3 tbs flour
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) Marsala
- 1/3 cup (3oz, 90ml) beef stock
- 2 tsp cornstarch (corn flour, maizena) dissolved in 1 tbs water
- Blanch asparagus spears in boiling water for 3 – 5 minutes, depending on thickness. They should be fork tender.
- Lay the veal slices flat. Pound to make thinner if needed.
- Lay 1/2 slice of Prosciutto on top of each slice of veal.
- Add cheese and marjoram leaves.
- Place two asparagus spears on each and roll up.
- Tie securely with kitchen string.
- Heat oil in small, heavy pot or skillet.
- Mix flour and paprika.
- Roll the veal in the flour mixture, add to skillet and brown lightly on all sides.
- Add the stock, Marsala, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
- To finish: Dissolve cornstarch in water.
- Remove veal rolls to a small platter and carefully remove string.
- Increase heat under sauce. Add cornstarch, stirring until clear and thickened. Spoon over rolls and serve.
We have the prettiest tiny flowers in our field.
I notice them because I help the dogs find their kibble when they don’t see it bounce. (They rarely see it in the air when I throw it. They watch my arm and then wait for the bounce.)
And because sometimes, while I wait for them to search, I do squats or stretches or push-ups…. Might as well get some exercise in.
The daisies are the biggest at almost a half inch in diameter when fully grown. They start with pink on the tips of the petals which fades as the flower grows.
These little lavender flowers are barely an 1/8th inch across.
All of the little flowers are low enough to the ground that the lawn mower doesn’t bother them.
Everyone notices the big showy blooms. I’ve decided to pay attention to the littlest….
More next time.