I know this is a re-do of a recipe that I posted in August, but honestly this set of photos is much more informative than the first, so I decided to go ahead and add it… never hurts to show you more about a recipe than less, right? I also adjusted this recipe a bit from the original, so please forgive my repetition… I want you to have as much info about recipes as I can provide, especially when I make something so tasty that doesn’t actually use a recipe.
I wanted to make a simple, yet elegant, dinner with James River Cellars’ Gewurztraminer wine. Since we have found that the tastiest pairing of cheese-to-wine uses Bourcin cheese with this particular wine, my primary pairing was already set. Sadly, though, my local grocery store was out of Bourcin Cheese, so I had to make due with a local goat cheese infused with garlic and herbs which turned out to be very tasty and worked just as well (in my humble opinion).
I started with three large chicken breasts from a sale package of chicken breasts. Note: I don’t know what sort of giant chickens produced these breasts, but they were thick, meaty, and looked amazing. I’m sure that they are genetically altered and I should have reached instead for the organic meat, but I was looking for value this time – I was able to get 5 breasts for the price of 2 organic breasts, so that made my decision for me yesterday. I ran my knife through the meatiest part of the breast but didn’t cut all the way through, so I could open the breast like an envelope and make it as thin and wide as possible. I used a mallet to pound the thicker spots down a bit so everything was even and got on with the recipe.
Making sure not to tear the meat, I separated a thin slice of prosciutto and laid it on top of the open chicken breast, then topped the breast with a thin line of garlic/herb goat cheese (here’s where I would have used the Bourcin Cheese, had I been able to find it at the store). Once the layers were in place, I carefully rolled the chicken, beginning at the side rather than from one of the ends, and then used a long skewer to secure the breast meat and keep all the toppings inside. My goal was to make a long/thin roll as opposed to a short/fat roll so the meat would be able to cook thoroughly without being too overdone on the outside.
When you are ready to cook dinner, add a pat of butter and a bit of olive oil to the pan and then sear the rolls on all sides until they are browned and crispy. I actually made the rolls earlier in the day and let them sit in the fridge until I was ready to cook, but you’re welcome to make them whenever it works for you. I definitely would have done this earlier in the day if I were making it for company. Once the meat is seared along all edges, I added the remaining cheese (maybe the last inch of the roll of goat cheese) and Gewurztraminer wine to create a bit of sauce in which the rolls could cook. Note: Since I knew the inside of the rolls weren’t anywhere near ready, my plan was to bake them in the oven until my husband came home for dinner. I’m not sure exactly how long I baked them (remember… I USE THE FORCE TO COOK) but I had set the oven at 350 degrees and popped the saute pan in the oven until things “smelled done” and we were ready to eat.
To finish this dish, I used a bag of green beans and a bag of brown rice. I microwaved the beans first and tossed them with a little butter and salt before serving. I microwaved the brown rice afterward and divided that out among the dinner plates. Removing the skewer at this point wasn’t easy, but I used a fork to keep things steady as I gently pulled the skewer out of each chicken roll. The final touch was to spoon the cooking sauce over the chicken and rice. It looked as pretty as it tasted!
Extra idea… if you are serving a small group of people, you could make four of these rolls and then slice them to serve onto individual plates instead of offering each person their own chicken roll.
This is one of my favorite recipes to share with people when I do a wine tasting at James River Cellars. I do hope that you’ll consider trying this recipe and make it your own. That’s the essence of cooking… creating something delicious to feed the ones that you love.