F„rsrulader (stuffed veal roulades)

Yield: 16 Roulades

Measure Ingredient
2 cups Cold water
1 medium Potato; peeled, quartered
2 tablespoons Butter
¼ cup Onions; finely chopped
1 pounds Veal; finely ground
3 tablespoons Bread crumbs; fine dry
⅓ cup Cream; heavy
2 tablespoons Water
1½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon White pepper
1 Egg
2 tablespoons Parsley; finely chopped
1 tablespoon Cornstarch
½ cup Leeks; white only, sliced paper thin
8 tablespoons Butter (1 stick)
¼ cup Cream; heavy

In a 1 to 1½ quart saucepan, bring the cold water to a boil. Add the quartered potato and boil 10 to 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and mash with a fork. In a small frying pan, melt 2 tb butter. When the foam subsides, add the onions and cook 7 or 8 minutes stirring frequently until they are soft and transparent but not brown. Scrape the onions into a large mixing bowl and add the mashed potato, ground veal, bread crumbs, cream, water, salt, pepper, egg, parsley and cornstarch. Mix well then refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Brush a large wooden pastry board (or another hard, smooth surface) with water and pat or roll out the mixture into a 16"x16" square about ⅛" thick. Your hands or the rolling pin should be moistened with water to prevent the meat mixture from sticking. With a pastry wheel or small, sharp knife, cut the rectangle of meat into 16 squares of 4"x4" each. Put a thin layer of leek slices (about 1 ½ teaspoons) on each square. With the aid of a knife, or better still, an icing spatula, roll up each square, jelly-roll fashion. Ideally they should now be chilled but may, if necessary, be cooked immediately. Heat 2 tb. butter in a heavy skillet. When the foam subsides, add the roulades, 4 at a time, turning them gently with a spatula so that they brown on all sides. When they are a rich brown, set them aside on a heated platter in a 200øF oven. Repeat the process, adding 2 tb fresh butter for every 4 roulades. Pour ¼ cup heavy cream into the empty pan and boil it rapidly for 3 to 5 minutes, until it thickens, meanwhile scraping up the browned bits in the pan with a rubber spatula or wooden spoon. Taste for seasoning adding salt as needed and pour over roulades. If you must, cover the platter with foil and keep warm in a 200øF oven for not more than 15 minutes.

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