Pork Involtini

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We call them olives, the Italians call them involtini and the Americans and Australians, call them braciole. Whatever hat you decide to hang on them they’re a great thing to have in the toolbox.

Yields1 Serving
Prep Time35 minsCook Time35 minsTotal Time1 hr 10 mins
 4 pork steaks – cut thin
 4 slices bread (two for the stuffing and two for crumbing)
 100 gms Riverford lardons
 1 large onion, very finely chopped
 8 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
 12 tbsp finely grated Pecorino cheese
 salt and pepper to taste
 8 tablespoons olive oil
 1 onion, cut into wedges – or 6 shallots
 8 bay leaves
1

Blanch the lardons in boiling water for 2 minutes and drain

2
3

Prepare the pork. Cut each steak in half and using a rolling pin, flatten the pork until the slices into thin escalopes. They should be rectangular and big enough to wrap a tablespoon of stuffing. Take care - if you over do it, the escalopes will just fall apart.

4
5

Blitz the bread into breadcrumbs. Halve the crumbs and pour one half into a mixing bowl. Keep the remaining crumbs aside for later.

6
7

Add the blanched bacon to the breadcrumbs in the bowl plus the finely chopped onion, sage and cheese. Add seasoning to taste and mix well. Gradually add enough olive oil so that the mixture clings together and holds well allowing you to shape it (a bit like cookie dough). Divide the breadcrumb mixture into 8. You want to allow about 1 tablespoon of mixture per involtini.

8
9

Place 1 tablespoon of mixture at the end of a pork escalope. Carefully roll up, folding in the sides as you go to completely seal in to stop the filling escaping when cooking. Repeat with remaining five escalopes.

10
11

Have 2 plates to hand. On one plate add the reserved breadcrumbs. On another plate add 2 to 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Dip the pork rolls first into the oil, then press into the crumbs, pressing down well to coat the meat.

12
13

Take a flat sided metal skewer and thread two pork rolls onto the skewer, alternating with onion wedges/shallots and bay as you go. Repeat with remaining skewers.

14
15

Place the skewers onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

16
17

Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Place the baking tray in the oven and cook the involtini for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cooked and the crumbs have a nice colouring. Turn 1/2 way through cooking time.

Ingredients

 4 pork steaks – cut thin
 4 slices bread (two for the stuffing and two for crumbing)
 100 gms Riverford lardons
 1 large onion, very finely chopped
 8 fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
 12 tbsp finely grated Pecorino cheese
 salt and pepper to taste
 8 tablespoons olive oil
 1 onion, cut into wedges – or 6 shallots
 8 bay leaves

Directions

1

Blanch the lardons in boiling water for 2 minutes and drain

2
3

Prepare the pork. Cut each steak in half and using a rolling pin, flatten the pork until the slices into thin escalopes. They should be rectangular and big enough to wrap a tablespoon of stuffing. Take care - if you over do it, the escalopes will just fall apart.

4
5

Blitz the bread into breadcrumbs. Halve the crumbs and pour one half into a mixing bowl. Keep the remaining crumbs aside for later.

6
7

Add the blanched bacon to the breadcrumbs in the bowl plus the finely chopped onion, sage and cheese. Add seasoning to taste and mix well. Gradually add enough olive oil so that the mixture clings together and holds well allowing you to shape it (a bit like cookie dough). Divide the breadcrumb mixture into 8. You want to allow about 1 tablespoon of mixture per involtini.

8
9

Place 1 tablespoon of mixture at the end of a pork escalope. Carefully roll up, folding in the sides as you go to completely seal in to stop the filling escaping when cooking. Repeat with remaining five escalopes.

10
11

Have 2 plates to hand. On one plate add the reserved breadcrumbs. On another plate add 2 to 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Dip the pork rolls first into the oil, then press into the crumbs, pressing down well to coat the meat.

12
13

Take a flat sided metal skewer and thread two pork rolls onto the skewer, alternating with onion wedges/shallots and bay as you go. Repeat with remaining skewers.

14
15

Place the skewers onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment.

16
17

Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Place the baking tray in the oven and cook the involtini for 25 to 30 minutes, or until cooked and the crumbs have a nice colouring. Turn 1/2 way through cooking time.

Pork Involtini
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