Saturday, February 21, 2009

Involtini Of Beef

The South Beach Food and Wine Festival is going on right now even as I write this... and I couldn't go. I'm absolutely bummed out.

It is a 4-day festival taking place by the beach (U.S.'s Riviera, South Beach) which showcases the amazing talents of the world's most renowned wine makers, celebrated chefs and culinary personalities. It's the ultimate event to go for foodies and foodies at heart!

The truth is, it's not so much as I couldn't but that I didn't go - for valid reasons. The tickets for this event are a little expensive. With how the economy is going nowadays, it just doesn't seem right for me to be spending between $200-$400 (for the events I wanted to attend). Arrgghhh!!! I so wanted to go. A part of me is screaming and kicking like a child; but the wise part of me hushed the child down :oD While the experience and fun of meeting all those celebrity chefs whom I admire is arguably worth it, but fact remains - my going isn't a real need. It is just a want; something that I can do away with, or at least, put off for now. If there's any time to spend wisely, it is now. Besides, there's always next year, right?

This festival is definitely an item in my bucket list, so I have to go even for just once. I do hope things will work out for me next time. Till then, I am keeping my fingers crossed, and praying that the economy will take a better turn in the next months to come.
I don't know about you but good food always lifts me up. And since I needed cheering up, I thought that this dish, Involtini Of Beef (or beef roll-ups), would do the trick. It is pleasing to the eye and tastes fantastic! What's more, it is not at all complicated to do. I actually find this quicker to do than, say, lasagna.

If you've been visiting this blog often, you'd notice that my recipes are simple and easy to do. So this dish is right up my alley. Much as I'd like to cook, but I don't want to be spending too much time in the kitchen and not have enough time left to spend with my loved ones. The latter is important too, you know.

I made this for Mr. J for his birthday and he totally liked it. This dish may be simple, but it obviously requires some effort (and love) and the end product is special -- very elegant.

So go ahead and try this dish. As Ingrid Hoffman says, "If I can do it, you can do it!".

I am sharing this dish to Lasang Pinoy Sundays (La.Pi.S): EATS A WRAP!. Lasang Pinoy is a weekly food photography meme, hosted by SpiCes.


Involtini Of Beef
(Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis)

1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cups carrots, julienned (cut into thin strips)
1/2 cup red or yellow bell pepper (cut into thin strips)
1/2 cup zucchini (cut into thin strips)
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 (3 to 4-ounces each) beef scaloppini (from London Broil or Top Sirloin)
All-purpose flour, for dredging
1/2 cup dry white wine*
1 bay leaf
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/4 cup frozen peas
1-ounce thinly sliced prosciutto, coarsely chopped

1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add the veggies, onion, and garlic and saute until the veggies are tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Remove from the heat and cool slightly.
4. Stir in the Parmesan.
5. Season beef with salt and pepper.
6. Using 2 tablespoons for each, divide the veggie mixture among the beef slices. 6. Roll up the beef slices to enclose the filling, tucking in the ends. Secure the rolls with toothpicks.
7. Heat the remaining oil and the remaining tablespoon of butter in the same large frying pan over medium-high heat.
8. Dredge the beef rolls in flour to coat lightly.
9. Add the beef rolls and cook until brown on all sides, about 8 minutes.
10. Add the wine and stir to scrape up any browned bits on the bottom of the skillet.
11. Add the tomatoes with their juices and the bay leaf. Cover and simmer until the beef is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer the beef rolls to a platter.
12. Remove the toothpicks, then cover the beef rolls with foil to keep warm.
13. Add the peas and prosciutto to the sauce in the skillet and stir until the peas are heated through and the sauce reduces slightly, about 5 minutes.
14. Season the sauce, to taste, with salt and pepper.
15. Drizzle the sauce over the beef rolls and serve.

NOTE*: You may substitute wine with chicken broth, if preferred. As for the veggies, I didn't have zucchini on hand, so I just used carrots and green bell pepper and adjusted the amount accordingly .


Grace said...

those are some mighty attractive spirals of meat! they're totally elegant and certainly seem worth a little time and effort.

maiylah said...

oohhh ... yum yum yum!!!
don't worry, am sure next time you'll be able to attend the event! :)

Pinky said...

These "glamorized mini-morcon" pieces look so good to eat! Hope they did the trick in cheering you up :)

Take care!

ces said...

aww, so sorry to hear time! this reminds me of the chicken &/or steak saltimbocca i made...really good and pleasing to the eye too!:)

Z'riz said...

This dish looks absolutely delish!

I know what you mean about the economy and all...well since this is an annual event there will always be next year, and the next, and the next, and the next....right?


very good and interesting entry! i too want simple and easy to cook recipes. i will try this. i have done something similar, a sort of chicken roll up with basil pesto.

iska said...

those look absolutely divine! i'd like to try it. YUM!

Tangled Noodle said...

They do present beautifully! I know what you mean about attending a food festival, exposition, etc. There's one here in Minneapolis next weekend but I simply could not justify the ticket cost at this time. Something to consider: apply to be a Foodbuzz's Foodie Correspondent (you can read details on the Publisher's Resource link) to cover the event and posting about it on your blog. If accepted, Foodbuzz will try to secure a press pass for you; unfortunately, the Food & Wine Experience people turned down my request. Sigh. Maybe next year . . .

Jescel said...

Oh, sucks that they do not accept Foodbuzz correspondents at the Food and Wine. Guess, we are left on our own... *sigh too* :o)

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks wonderful! The rolls look so elegant.

jesse said...

WOW, these rolls do look mighty tasty!! Sorry you couldn't go to the South Beach food festival... it's one that I've been dying to go to as well!

Anonymous said...

These rolls look amazing, wow! I have to make these soon!

Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella said...

They look amazing! I think they'd be the perfect dinner party food and just a bonus that they look complicated but they aren't :D

Arfi Binsted said...

awww... I can understand about festival is something to look out for: the food!! yep! Well done with the beef rolls. They look gorgeous!

Munchkin Mommy said...

my husband will love this! he is such a carnivore! hee hee! :) food almost always never fails to lift up someone's spirits. i hope it was able to work its magic on you. :D

Kevin said...

These beef rolls look so tasty!

Jude said...

Always tough to separate needs and wants. Takes a lot of restraint to spend your hard earned money on the things you really need :)