Monday, October 10, 2011

Involtini di Maiale and A Giveaway


I'm becoming obsessed with this cookbook - Cucina Povera. I already posted a recipe for sfratti from it that will now become part of my permanent cookie repertoire. Having read all the first-hand stories in this book about Tuscan people who struggled to make ends meet and used every scrap of food available, whether grown in their gardens or foraged in the wild, I am working my way through the recipes, some of which I grew up eating in my parents' home. I have childhood memories of hunting for wild asparagus and wild greens, of my mother canning tomatoes for the winter, of my parents making soppressata and of course home-made wine.  Maybe that's why these recipes and stories are so resonant with me. Because food was - is - sacred and should not be wasted. Because you can make a delicious and nutritious meal out of the simplest ingredients.
If you haven't already purchased this cookbook (or if you have and want to gift one), here's your chance to own a copy. Leave a comment at the bottom of the blog (Not in email) and you'll be entered to win a copy, selected by a random number generator. That's it. You don't have to "like" me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter - everybody gets the same odds. But if you did, I'd be grateful. 
But so you don't have to wait to make this recipe, here's the step-by-step. Start with a one-pound pork tenderloin and divide it into eight pieces, then pound each piece flat between parchment paper until it's pretty thin.
Spread the ricotta and spinach mixture on top. I added a sage leaf, not called for in the cookbook recipe.
Wrap with a slice of pancetta and secure with a toothpick.
Saute for a few minutes with some wine.
Sit down to a great meal.
Involtini di Maiale

From the cookbook "Cucina Povera" by Pamela Sheldon Johns


  • 8 ounces spinach, steamed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 pound boneless pork loin, sliced into 8 pieces
  • 8 thin slices pancetta
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  1. In a medium, bowl, combine the spinach and ricotta and stir to blend. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg to taste. Set aside.
  2. Place a slice of pork between 2 pieces of parchment paper, and roll with a rolling pin until flattened to an even thickness, about 1/8 inch. Repeat to flatten the remaining slices.
  3. Spread a think layer of the spinach mixture on top of a slice of pork, leaving a 1/4 inch border. Roll it and wrap with a slice of pancetta, then fasten with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining pork, filling and pancetta.
  4. In a large, heavy saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat, and sear the rolls for about 2 minutes on each side. Add the wine and stir to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer briskly for 7 to 8 minutes, turning the rolls once or twice to heat them through. Serve at once.

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51 comments:

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Those involtini look amazing and ever so tasty! This is a book I want to buy, so I'd be extremely happy if I won it...


Cheers,

Rosa

Peter M said...

Linda, i love these Involtini...the pancetta being the "must for me". The possibilities are endless.

Kärt said...

This looks so tasty, im adding it to my "to-do" list.

Chris said...

Hi Linda - I am friend of Ming Lee's and have been following your blog for the last year. Just returned from a trip to southern tuscany. Your recipes make me want to go right back there. I'll be buying the book if I don't win!
Chris

Stacey Snacks said...

Linda,
I swear, I made stuffed chicken wrapped in speck with a spinach filling too! I will wait to post the recipe......great minds.......

janie said...

These look amazing. Just last night I wanted pork for dinner and I wish I had this recipe then. I have another one of her books which I love.

Allison @ Type A Kitchen said...

Such a simple idea, just wonderful. I'd like to give this a try, and I know my husband would not complain :)

bellini said...

The dish looks amazing Linda and the cookbook filled with odeas to celebrate food.

Chiara said...

bellissima ricetta Linda, voglio provare presto a farla, grazie! buona settimana....

Arlene said...

You are right - food is sacred and this book looks fantastic. I love your blog.

Samantha said...

I love how the cover of this book has white beans... just straight to the Tuscan heart!

Imbottito said...

what a great looking plate,ahhh for the love of all things pancetta,it is like a great big hug for whatever you wrap it around,completely delicious.Pheasant food really is the best food,and I would love to have this book for the awesome recipes and fantastic pictures,thanks for always sharing such great recipes and information.Ciao

Proud Italian Cook said...

Seeing this makes me want to make it tonight! Anything with ricotta and pancetta makes me happy! I have the book so take me out of your giveaway, this, and a few other recipes from the book are on my list to make very soon.

Claudia said...

I must have some pancetta ... somewhere. I have everything else and I'm ready! Delicious, Linda! I love coming here. I always leave with a whetted appetite and a sweet outlook on life.

Joshua said...

It is interesting how some of the best Italian cooking - especially in Tuscany, comes out of poverty and necessity. Some dishes that are now prized are actually a way of making stale leftovers edible. Beautiful pictures of these involtini.

The Food Hunter said...

the involtini look amazing. I would love a copy of this cookbook...fingers crossed :-)

Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

This dish looks terrific! I'd love to have this cookbook - it's right up my alley :)

kcgalicia said...

Thank you for all the wonderful recipes! This is on my shopping list already.
Karla

ann katherine said...

Love the recipes from this book.

Linda Cacaci said...

I love Tuscan peasant food! Please enter me to win a copy!
Linda Cacaci
LinCaca3@aol.om

Dena said...

Linda your suggestions are always spot on! Can't wait to try. The cookbook sounds fantastic.

ambling said...

I love your blog...I feel like I'm in the kitchen with you...or wherever you are!

Michael Redmond said...

Fingers crossed!

kimt said...

oh, this sounds so good...and i happen to love italian cookbooks!

Melodie said...

The recipe looks delicious - the cookbook looks delicious - it would be nice if I could win it

Anonymous said...

Linda, I just found your webpage a couple of weeks ago. The pctures make my mouth water. My mother cooked just like all of your recipes. I miss that.

Anonymous said...

Love your webpage. fod looks just like my wothers dishes

Anonymous said...

The recipe and the book giveaway are amazing..The recipe looks like it will make a wonderful dinner and not too hard to do, just have to get the ingredients and get organized, yummmee!!!!!!! It is raining here, 300 days of rain and clouds, this recipe would make a person feel warm and fill the tummee greatly..Love your blog, the recipes look lovely, I am sure taste superb and not too hard to make I think..keep blogging with great recipes and all the antedotes too..brightens the 300 days of rain and more rain!

Amaro e Dolce said...

As soon as you told us about the book I printed the page and posted it on my fridge for all the family to see. No doubt what I want for Christmas!

Benita said...

Love traveling vicariously through your stories and photos, and your recipes have been a big hit. Thank you!

Robin said...

Hi Linda! This food reminds me of the delectable table that my mother in law sets in Caserta when we sit down to one of her traditional family meals. It takes me back to old Italy. We would also visit the chestnut orchard that my husbands father owned and have a picnic lunch there. Soooo beautiful! I love to cook and would like to try every recipe in this book. Makes my hubby miss home a bit less.... Wish me luck! Robin DeNicolais

LynnieBNC said...

I love anything stuffed. My grandparents were from Abruzzo and my grandmother (and my father) never ever wasted anything. I grew up in Indiana, but Pop had a huge garden and we ate lots of weeds and dandelion greens!

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

Beautiful dish! Looks like a great cookbook.

Andrea {From the Bookshelf} said...

THis looks wonderful! And the book is right up my alley!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Your involtini look delicious! I love Italian cooking and would love to win a copy of this book. If I don't, at least I have this wonderful recipe - thank you!

Stefanie said...

I am again inspired...your cooking style...and mine, is so inviting, warm and friendly. Am so excited to share these recipes with my father and his sisters, who are first generation Abbruzzese, and my friends who I just want to share with. They will leave with my home full tummies and hearts. Thank you!

fb3c5be0-f324-11e0-b448-000bcdcb5194 said...

The same but oh so different! The diversity, with such simple ingredients, is mind-boggling. I am sooo glad I'm Italian!!!!!

fb3c5be0-f324-11e0-b448-000bcdcb5194 said...

The same but oh so different! The diversity, with such simple ingredients, is mind-boggling. I am sooo glad I'm Italian!!!!!

Jude said...

Thanks for introducing us to this book...and for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

Linda,

I haave been an avid follower for a year and love Italian cookbooks of all types !

Jeanne

Anonymous said...

would love a copy...Been following your blog for about a year.

Jeanne

bombina said...

I look at your blog every day because it inspires me to cook!! Your amazing.

Patti said...

Thanks for showing me this wonderful cookbook. I would love it!

Liliane said...

Those look good enough to eat! Yummy!! I really like your addition to a sage leaf.

Chantal said...

The food looks gorgeous, I can't imagine how amazing it must taste!

Scintilla said...

Are Europeans allowed in the draw? If so count me in!

Anonymous said...

I made this last night for dinner and it was delicious, Italian rouladen.

Janet M

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks like a delicious and easy meal to prepare. I definitely want to buy this cookbook and winning it would be a wonderful bonus!

Teslaca said...

Great photos; this looks wonderful. Sounds like a nice cookbook.

Linda Lou said...

What a delicious recipe and this new cookbook looks amazing, I am hoping to be picked, you can never have enough Italian cookbooks!

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Another recipe that I will have to try...this looks delicious. One thing I have learned is to visit this blog on a full stomach.I'm not sure if I am here in time for the cookbook, but it will be on my holiday list this year.