This roulade, which by the way is just another word for a roll, is devilishly good.
There are countless variations of chicken roulades, in fact. They can be stuffed with basically anything you can imagine. Well, not anything maybe (chocolate chicken roulade might be a little too funky, I guess), but still there are many ingredients that just work perfectly in that lovely rolled up wonder.
Spinach, bacon, cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, shallots – these are just some of the ideas, and the list goes on.
What I love about chicken roulades is how cute they look. This is one of those dinners that will elicit a lot of oohs and wows.
And you know what?
They really are easy to make!
Here’s what we need.
1. First, preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C).
2. Place the chicken breast into a Ziploc bag (or between two sheets of plastic wrap).
3. Beat the chicken breast with a meat mallet until about 1/8 inch (3 mm) thin.
This is the ham I had on hand.
It’s beyond yummy!
4. Place two slices of ham lengthwise along middle of the breast.
5. Then place two thin slices of the cheese over the ham.
I use Edam cheese in this recipe. You can, of course, use any kind you like.
My true love.
6. Now divide the blue cheese into three equal parts and arrange one third crosswise at the near end of the breast.
We are starting to create the center of our roulade here.
These are red peppers.
I had some pickled ones in my fridge.
7. If you are using fresh red pepper then place two thin slices over the blue cheese.
8. And two green pepper slices over the red ones.
9. Roll the chicken roulade from one end to form a cylinder, securing the seam with a couple of toothpicks.
10. Secure the ends as well.
We definitely want to keep those flavorful juices inside.
11. Repeat the process for each of the two remaining chicken breasts.
12. Brush a baking pan with some olive oil and place the roulades inside, the seam side down.
(Tip: You can sear the rolls in a hot oiled pan before putting them into the baking pan – about 2 minutes from each side. That will help keep the juice inside the roll while baking.)
13. In a small bowl, mix the olive oil with salt.
14. And brush the roulades with the oil mixture.
15. Place in the oven and bake (at 400 °F – 200 °C) for 30 minutes.
There will be a little juice in the pan when your remove the roulades from the oven.
Keep it please, it’s precious.
16. Remove the roulades from the pan and let them rest for 5 minutes before doing anything else.
17. Then remove the toothpicks and slice the roulades crosswise into 1/2 inch (1 1/2 cm) rounds.
Then sit down for awhile and feast your eyes on that cute structure you’ve just created.
When serving these cuties, pour a little of that precious and flavorful sauce from the pan over them. That will make them even more moist and delicious.
You can serve these roulades warm with toasts.
Or, to create a more satisfying dish, serve them with mashed potatoes.
And most importantly, ENJOY, dear friends!
(This recipe takes about 1 hour to prepare and makes 3 servings.)
There’s been a lot of fun in my kitchen this week.
Of course, I will show you all the creations in the upcoming posts.
Among the things that I have made or plan to make this week there’s garlic bread, cauliflower casserole, orange-vanilla popsicles, strawberry cheesecake and also a special surprise that has something to do with Friday’s GIVEAWAY.
So stay tuned!
And now back to the ‘Garlic Cheese Bread’.
Have you ever tried making your own garlic cheese bread?
Well, you definitely need to give it a try.
It’s the best thing ever!
Because it’s easy.
And it has a magical ability to make your soul happy!
And because when you make it you’ll get rewarded by a wonderful crispy piece of fragrant and flavorful heaven.
Need I say anything more?
Please, have a look at how I made this finger-licking treat…
These are the ingredients I used.
The olives and oregano are optional but if you use them you’ll be glad you’ve done so.
First, you need two loaves of French bread.
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Split the loaves in half lengthwise.
3. Now peel and chop the garlic cloves finely.
4. Place the garlic into a bowl, add the olive oil…
5. … and mix.
I love garlic!
Have I told you that once I almost killed my brother-in-law with the amount of garlic I’d served him for dinner?
These are the olives I used.
You can use any kind of olives you like – I decided to go for the ones with sweet pepper inside.
Just because I liked the way they looked.
6. Slice the olives.
This is dried oregano trying to look its best for the picture.
7. Grate the cheese.
Again, use any kind you like. Edam, Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Parmesan.
Or use all of them.
See? I’m so liberal when it comes to cooking – no strict rules really. To me it’s all about having fun and about the current content of the fridge. Because that’s what’s really important, right? To empty the fridge.
8. Now that we have prepared everything we can start taking care of the bread loaves.
Line a larger baking sheet with parchment paper and place the loaves onto it – cut side up.
9. Spread 1/4 of the garlic/oil mixture over each bread.
10. Scatter the olives over the top.
11. And sprinkle generously with the cheese and the oregano.
12. Then pop the baking sheet into the oven for about 10 minutes.
13. Remove the loaves from the oven and cut them into smaller pieces…
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