Paupiettes (Provençal Veal Rolls)
Total time: 70 minutes
Thinly sliced veal or beef, rolled around a variety of stuffings are found all around the Mediterranean. These, with dry-cured ham and olives, are typical of Provençal. The meat should be between 1/16th and 1/4th inch thick (.4cm). It's best if you can have the butcher slice it. Or buy veal scallops and pound them thinner if needed.
- 4 thin slices veal, app: 3 1/2 X 6 X 1/16th inches (8 X 15 X .4cm), about 8oz (250gr) total weight
- 2 slices Prosciutto, cut in half to fit the veal
- 1/4 cup black, dry-cured or Greek olives
- 1.5 - 2oz (45gr) spinach leaves
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 cup (8oz, 240ml) white wine
- 2 tsp cornstarch (corn flour, maizena) dissolved in 1 tbs water
- Roughly chop the olives.
- Lay the veal slices flat. Pound to make thinner if needed.
- Lay 1 slice of Prosciutto on top of each slice of veal.
- Put a layer of spinach leaves on top of the Prosciutto.
- Divide the olives and place on half of each parcel. They'll spread themselves out as you roll.
- Starting from the narrow end (where the olives are) roll the parcels up, keeping them as tight as reasonable.
- Tie securely with kitchen string.
- Heat oil in small, heavy pot or skillet. Add the veal rolls and brown lightly on all sides.
- Pour in the wine, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour.
- 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.
Note: I didn't have kitchen string and discovered unflavored dental floss works great.