tried a chicken ballotine the last few days.
when we were in cornwall recently, we had a really good mother’s day lunch at gurnard’s head on 10.5.2015 & the chicken ballotine was excellent. ^^
i googled for the recipe & found a really pretty chicken ballotine at whereismyspoon.com.
in my first attempt, i put too much filling & it was not easy to roll & make it hold tight, especially when cutting.
anyway it was easy enough to make (i used chicken breast instead of thigh)-
butterfly a chicken breast (i cut from whole fresh chicken & remove skin)
cover with a large cling film (later used to wrap & steam the chicken) & pound & flatten (i use a metal soup ladle…can use rolling pin)
season with 2 teaspoon fish sauce
i added white pepper, paprika, parsley flakes
for the fillings, i –
slightly browned 2 streaky bacons on non stick pan on low fire
fried 1/2 cut onions in butter to soften
then add a bunch of spinach
i laid the bacon strips first, throw on some cheddar cheese shreds, then added the onions & spinach.
i rolled tightly in the cling film & twisted the ends to tighten.
then placed in a metal dish to steam for 15minutes.
must say the taste was really quite good, steamed meat was very tender not tough or overcooked, & the sweet onions & spinach & not overly strong flavours of the bacon was a great enhancement. 🙂
can certainly improved on the looks. this one had too much fillings.
fillings were reduced & looked better.
i did not blend the fillings this time. may try that next time or just chopped up the bacon & fry lightly.
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