Sunday, May 22, 2011

Roll Out

The Italian word "involtini" roughly translates to "little roll up".  Pretty much anything can be constituted as an involtini, so long as there is a thin layer of meat or vegetable wrapped around a stuffing.  Guests love rolled/stuffed food items -- it says to them, "I care enough about you to put food inside of food."

Involtini can be a laborious and time consuming task -- take, braciole, for example -- or as simple as rolling a piece of prosciutto around asparagus.  This roasted pepper & mushroom roll-up is middle of the road in terms of difficulty and top of the heap in terms of flavor and presentation.  

"Now, where'd you get those roasted peppers w/ them mushrooms in'it?"
Roasted Pepper Involtini

2 qt (16oz) sliced mushrooms 
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 TBS capers
1 sprig of fresh thyme
1/2 cup marsala wine
1/2 cup chicken or veal stock
1/4 cup half & half
1/3 cup bread crumbs
1 TBS olive oil
2 TBS grated cheese
2 TBS parsely, chopped
2 roasted peppers, seeded

  1. saute the mushrooms in a thin layer of canola oil over high heat until they take on a deep brown color.  cook in batches as to not over crowd the pan.  season w/ salt & pepper.  remove to a warm plate, cover and reserve. 
  2. add a splash more oil and saute the onion, garlic, and capers over medium-high heat until limp and translucent -- about 6 minutes.  
  3. return the reserved mushrooms to the frying pan.  add the fresh thyme and marsala wine; reduce by half.  add the stock; reduce by half.  add the half & half and cook long enough for the mixture to thicken.  kill the heat.
  4. combine the bread crumbs, parsley, grated cheese and olive oil in a small bowl, making sure to coat evenly.  apply the bread crumb mixture as a thin layer over the mushrooms.  place under the broiler for 2-3 minutes -- just enough to get some color, don't burn the mushrooms!
  5. allow mushroom mixture to cool.  meanwhile, slice each roasted pepper open down the side and "unravel" so that you have an open-faced roasted pepper canvas.  add about half of the mushroom mixture to each pepper -- mushrooms go on the right; roll it over to the left.  serve whole, or slice in half.

© 2011 c. c. villani @ "mission: insatiable - http://www.missioninsatiable.com

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