14 fresh green asparagus spears
7 large chicken breast fillets
7 thin slices mortadella
7 thin slices fontina or gruyere
Flour for dusting, seasoned with salt and pepper
2T grapeseed oil
±1/4 cup Marsala
- Wash asparagus and remove woody ends (hold asparagus half way down and bend ends gently, it will snap at its natural breaking point). Blanch in a little boiling salted water for 3 minutes. Drain, reserving 3T of the cooking liquid for the sauce.
- Slice each chicken breast horizontally but not right through, leave a “spine”, place on a board and pound gently, to flatten to more or less the same shape as the mortadella.
- Season with salt and pepper then place a slice of mortadella and cheese on top of each flattened breast.
- Place two asparagus spears in the center, running across the shortest widths with the tips hanging out of opposite sides of the breast.
- Roll each breast up tightly and secure with string or toothpicks. Roll in seasoned flour to coat.
- Just before serving, heat the oil and 1T butter in a large frying pan that will hold all the rolled chicken breasts in one layer. Fry the rolls over a medium heat, covered, turning from time to time, until golden, with the cheese starting to melt – ±10 minutes. Cut in half and transfer to a heated serving dish and keep warm.
- Add the Marsala, reserved asparagus cooking liquid and butter to the pan, increase the heat and bring to the boil. Simmer for ±3 minutes, scraping the pan to loosen all of the cooking juices. Adjust the seasoning, spoon over the rolls and serve immediately.
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