Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pork Involtini

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Involtini is the Italian word for any stuffed, rolled meat or even seafood, such as the omnipresent swordfish involtini popular in Sicily.  This recipe for pork involtini came about after a visit to Costco, where I bought what I thought was one pork tenderloin, but it turned out to be two – way too much for two people to eat at one meal. Even one of them was excessive for us, so I roasted only half of it, but wanted to try something different with the rest. The mozzarella in my fridge and the sage growing outside gave me the inspiration for this dish, which freezes extremely well. Since I’m still hobbling about (on only one crutch at this point), having a little back up in the freezer has been much appreciated. 

These may not be the most photogenic, but they’re positively succulent, tender and flavorful. You barely need a knife to cut through them. It’s important to start out with a pork tenderloin – not a pork loin. The tenderloin is the small roast that’s the most tender part of the loin, as its name suggests. There’s very little fat and no bone, so there’s no waste. A small 2 1/2 pound roast will feed a lot more people than you think, especially when flattened out and rolled up for involtini. I made 12 involtini from only half the piece of pork (about 1 1/4 pounds). The full roast would have yielded 24, enough to satisfy six normal appetites.

Slice off pieces about 1/2 inch thick and flatten them further between sheets of plastic wrap.

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Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and place a sage leaf on each piece of meat.

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Dust lightly with flour, seasoned with salt and pepper. Place olive oil in a pan and add chopped onion and garlic. Saute until wilted, then remove from the pan and set aside. Add a little more olive oil to the pan and add the pork involtini, sauteeing until some color develops. Add some white wine, chicken broth, more salt and pepper and simmer for 20 minutes, turning occasionally. They’re done and ready to eat or put in the freezer.

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Pork Involtini

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pork tenderloin (about two and a half pounds – this will give you about 20-24 involtini)

flour for dredging

salt, pepper

grated mozzarella cheese (or fontina)

fresh sage leaves

1/4 cup olive oil

1/2 stick butter

1/2 cup minced onions

2 garlic cloves

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 cup chicken broth

Slice the pork tenderloins into pieces about 1/2 inch thick. Flatten them between a couple of pieces of wax paper or plastic wrap, using a mallet or meat pounder. Season with salt and pepper. Place a small amount of grated mozzarella cheese and a sage leaf on each piece of meat. Roll up and fasten with a toothpick or two. Dredge lightly in flour seasoned with salt and pepper. Heat half the olive oil and butter in a pan, and saute the onions and garlic until wilted. Remove from heat. Place the rest of the olive oil and butter in the pan and add the involtini. Saute at medium heat, turning them once, until they develop a golden color. You don’t need to cook them through since they’ll cook further in the liquid. Add the white wine and chicken broth, season with more salt and pepper, and cook for 20 minutes more.  Some of the filling may ooze out, but not enough to worry about. Just stir it into the liquid and it becomes part of the sauce.

Remove toothpicks before serving.

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Stacey Snacks said...

I love anything with the word "involtini"!
I love to stuff, roll, tie and then pretty to see the inside of the finished cooked product.
What's wrong with me?

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

That looks like a delicious dinner!I never tried to make involitini with pork. My local butcher sells pork cutlets so this would be a good alternative.

Proud Italian Cook said...

My mouth is watering for this at 8:15 in the morning. The wine, the stuffing, and the fact that you can freeze it all, got me giddy! This is another dish of yours I'll be making Linda!

Gracie said...

My version for this is adding a thiny slice of Parma ham in each one, it adds a little spicy to them.

Lori E said...

I often buy these from Costco. They are great value and as you show there are many ways to use them.
This is so simple yet yummy.

Michele said...

They are gorgeous! Definitely photogenic! I usually make them with chicken but pork would be great as well!

Anncoo said...

WOW! This looks so juicy and yummy, really makes me hungry.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I have been looking at a recipe like this in my Italian cookbook, I really must try it:-)

The Taste of Oregon said...

This looks delicious! And thanks for visiting our blog!

redmenace said...

These look great. I love the blog! How can I live in Italy???

Jen_from_NJ said...

I love pork tenderloin because it is so versatile. Your involtini looks delicious and so do the sides. I love broccoli rabe!

doggybloggy said...

"...This recipe for pork involtini came about after a visit to Costco..." I like how thoughts of Sicily came to you at costco...

The Food Hunter said...

What a great pork recipe.

Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Looks wonderful and the perfect comfort food.

Danielle said...

that whole meal looks so warm and comforting.

foodcreate said...

Beautiful love your recipe I will be trying it !

Have a wonderful Day !

Claudia said...

I adore stuffing and rolling meats and this would be no exception. I am bookmarking this - it looks fabulous. And warm and comforting. Which is always a plusas the weather turns. I love that it came about form mistakenly overbuying pork! Mistakes can be wonderful.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

This the first I've learned about "involtini" but I'm really liking it. Being of German background, I think "rouladen". Either way, pork tenderloin is always in my freezer. I love it, and cook with it all the time. I am so interested in making this easy and savory dish. I have a beautiful sage plant. This dish looks quick and tasty for a weeknight meal. Bravo!

Emily said...

What a delicious meal! I want. I like the step-by-step pictures.

Kevin said...

Those look so tasty! I really like rolling tasty things inside of meat like this!

Peter M said...

This scream Autumn, what with the sage, sauce and mash on the side...comfort food.

joysays said...

Omg...wiping the drool now. Looks mighty tasty!