Drool over Eataly’s pancetta, chicken and sausage rolls
If you have never had the pleasure of stepping inside the wonderland that is Eataly, we’re sorry, but your life is lacking. The giant marketplace is a mecca for Italian food, packed full with restaurants, food and beverage counters, a bakery, retail items (there’s a whole isle dedicated to pesto) and a cooking school. It’s honestly a dream come true. So needless to say, we were pretty excited when we heard Phaidon was releasing a cookbook dedicated to contemporary Italian home cooking in collaboration with Eataly. Eataly: Contemporary Italian Cooking features 250 recipes that take a modern approach to Italian cooking and eating, which dishes such as caper, anchovy and oven-baked tomato risotto, pasta with cavolo nero pesto and clams, and this recipe for pancetta, chicken and sausage rolls. Buon appetito!
300 g skinless chicken breast, cut into four thin slices
2 thyme sprigs, leaves only
200 g long sausage (you can use whichever type of sausage you prefer, but it is best to use one without herbs or seasoning)
12 thin slices pancetta or bacon
2 zucchini, cut lengthwise into thin slices
5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
200 ml white wine
1 clove garlic
3 sage leaves
salt and pepper
seasonal salad, to serve
Arrange the slices of chicken breast on the countertop and gently flatten with a rolling pin. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and sprinkle over half the thyme. Cut the sausage into pieces about the same width as the flattened chicken breast slices.
Lay out the slices of pancetta or bacon in groups of three overlapping, on the countertop. Put the slices of zucchini on top of the pancetta, followed by slices of chicken, and finish with a piece of sausage. Roll up each slice of pancetta with its fillings and secure the rolls with cocktail sticks (toothpicks).
Heat the oil in a pan, add the meat rolls and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes, or until brown all over. Pour over the wine, add the whole garlic clove, sage and remaining thyme, cover, and cook for an additional 15 minutes, or until cooked through, checking the pan from time to time and adding a little water if necessary. Serve the meat rolls with a seasonal salad.
TIP: If you would like to try a lighter version of this delicious dish, replace the pancetta or bacon with slices of lean ham and add some champignon mushrooms that have been pan-fried in a little oil, one clove of garlic, and some finely chopped flat-leaf parsley.
Recipe and images from Eataly: Contemporary Italian Cooking. Published by Phaidon Press.
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