Tuesday, October 5, 2010

A great 'Try me' offer from Le Creuset

This 22cm shallow casserole is great value at over 25% off the normal retail price. A perfect size for two, this casserole is ideal for Shepherd's pie, gratins, paella, fish pie or why not try the recipe for chicken roulades with spinach and cheese stuffing below? The casserole is available in Cerise red, Volcanic Orange and Almond Cream at €81.95 for a limited time only.

Recipe courtesy of Le Creuset:
Chicken Roulades with Spinach & Cheese stuffing
Ingredients for 22cm Le Creuset Shallow Casserole:
2 boned skinless chicken breasts
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp dried thyme
40g baby spinach
75g gruyere cheese
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 onion - thinly sliced
85ml hot chicken stock
2 tsp cornflour
85ml skimmed milk

Cooking Instructions:
  1. Place the chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap. Pound them with a heavy rolling pin until they are about twice as large, but not so thin you can see through them.
  2. Sprinkle each one with a little nutmeg, thyme, and seasoning, followed by a few leaves of the raw spinach, dividing these equally between the 2 pieces.
  3. Cut three quarters of the cheese into 2 finger-size pieces. Place one in the middle of the spinach on each chicken piece. Roll up the chicken pieces “swiss roll” fashion, tucking in the side edges to enclose the cheese. Secure with thin string or cocktail sticks.
  4. Heat the oil in the shallow casserole over medium heat on the hob. Add the onion and fry gently until it is just beginning to soften. Add the chicken roulades and brown them evenly on all sides.
    Scallops of pork or turkey make a delicious alternative for this dish.
  5. Gradually add half the hot stock around the roulades with a little seasoning. Cover and simmer slowly for 30 to 40 minutes until the chicken is very tender.
  6. Lift the roulades out of the pan and keep them hot on the upturned lid. Carefully remove the strings or cocktail sticks.
  7. Add the remaining stock to the cooking liquid and bring this to a simmer.
  8. Blend the cornflour with a little of the milk, then stir this and the remaining milk into the liquid, simmering and stirring until the sauce thickens.
  9. Finely grate the remaining cheese into the sauce, stirring until it melts.
  10. Taste and adjust the seasoning before returning the roulades to the sauce to reheat.
Serve with boiled plain rice or noodles.