Today December 8 in Italy is considered a very special holiday, the Immaculate Conception. Today is also the day that most if not all Italian households decorate the Christmas tree or set up their Nativity. Believe me you have never seen such huge nativities as the ones in some homes, they put most churches to shame. And since it is a holiday and quite a special one at that, the food should also be special. I have decided to make involtini beef roll ups. There are so delicious but also a very quick dish to make. So serve it up and enjoy. Buon Appetito!
11 strips of beef or veal (thin to very thin)
11 slices of prosciutto di Parma (if large slices cut in 1/2)*
1 cup of chopped arugula (also called rocket lettuce)**
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup white wine
On a clean chopping board place 1 slice of beef or veal, on top place a slice of prosciutto and top with 1/2 – 1 tablespoon of aurgula, roll up meat and secure with a toothpick. Continue till all meat is rolled. In a small plate add flour, dredge rollups in the flour one at a time . Over medium high heat, heat a large frying pan with the oil, when oil is hot add meat rollups (sprinkle some flour over the rollups). Cook covered on medium heat for 5 minutes (or until browned) turn the rollups over and repeat cooking covered for 5 minutes. Add white wine and cook covered till thickened, approximately another 5 – 10 minutes. Serve immediately.
*When using prosciutto no need to add salt, because the prosciutto is salty enough.
**If you don’t like arugula you can always substitute italian parsley, sage or fresh spinach leaves.