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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Ricotta, Spinach and Mushroom Stuffed Beef Roll

   One thing I learned from my mom was to be resourceful in the kitchen. With 6 hungry kids she was always able to whip something up in a snap even if she was just cleaning out the fridge.  Looking in the fridge for ingredients to create a recipe can be a daunting task.  When bits and pieces of ingredients remain from previous recipes you want to be able to use them before they spoil.  
   Typically in many Italian households an egg frittata(omelette) would be made to use these ingredients.  Other times there are enough ingredients an some inspiration to create something a little more special.
This recipe does take a little time and patience to make but is well worth it..  It can also be modified to suit your taste and adapt to what ever you have laying around in your fridge. In the end no one will know it may have been made with simple ingredients from your fridge that may have been destined to spoil.  
Be creative and daring, experiment and be playful, you may surprise yourself and your guests the next time you sit down at the dinner table.


2 lbs. medium ground beef ( pork can also be used)
2 cups fresh ricotta cheese
1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
1 small onion, diced
2 cups fresh baby spinach ( 1 cup of chopped frozen spinach can be used)
1 egg
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated parmigiano cheese
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1/2 cup grated mozzarella ( scamorza or anything that melts nicely can be used)
Salt and pepper
        Saute spinach, onion and mushroom until soft and set aside to cool.
In a large bowl add ground meat, bread crumbs, oregano, parmigiano, and beaten egg and mix until well incorporated.
Place meat mixture between sheets of parchment paper and using hands or a rolling pin, flatten out until you have made a large rectangle about 1/2 inch thick.
Layer ricotta cheese and all other ingredients evenly over surface of the meat.
 Using the parchment paper and both hands begin tightly rolling meat until you have made a log.  Refrigerate for 1 hour .
Remove from fridge, cut into 1 or 2 inch slices. Squeeze slice firmly with your hand to make sure it does not separate then fry with some oil in a hot pan for 2 minutes each side.
In a baking tray, add some tomato sauce and the fried meat slices.  Top with more sauce and grated cheese then bake covered for 35 minutes at 375f  and uncovered for an additional 10 minutes.  Remove from oven, top with some fresh chopped basil and serve.
Typical of a dish made "a la parmigiana" the wonderful combination of cheese and sauce transport simple meat and ingredients into something wonderful. 


DARaiente said...

wow danny! that looks so good! I never saw that dish before. thanks!

Rich's Good Food said...

Mmmmm Danny, this looks awesome, and gives me about 100 ideas for some fun and good food! Thanks !

Karen said...

I'm going to make this! Sounds and looks just wonderful.

whozyerdanny said...

Thank you! And remember , have fun with it and experiment...the possibilities are endless.

Pegasuslegend said...

Hi Danny I hope you get this, I have had three rejections from your site, not sure why it just tells me that mail delivery unaccepted...Anyway trying again to say, this is a great idea, genius even! love the stuffed beef and with my three favorites you can't go wrong! wonderful recipe!

Diane-The WHOLE Gang said...

Wow this looks great too. I'm going to have to poke around this site. You create great looking food.

Foodessa said...

Now, this is some crazy, unique, Italian fun in the kitchen. I usually don't have much to say about meat dishes...but this one certainly got my attention. This weekend, I'll have to show your creation to Hubby...he'll surely want to piggy back on your creativity Danny ;o)

Thanks for passing by the other day...nice hearing from you again ;)

Ciao for now,

Denise said...

I made this for dinner tonight ... it was super simple and absolutely DELICIOUS !!! a big hit .. i will be making this again for sure ... LOVE your blog Danny ... keep up the gr8 work ! ciao :)

The Enchanted Cook said...

Wow this looks amazing and creative! I never would have thought to do this! Awesome!



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