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
3T butter
±1/4 cup Marsala

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Season with salt and pepper then place a slice of mortadella and cheese on top of each flattened breast.
  4. Place two asparagus spears in the center, running across the shortest widths with the tips hanging out of opposite sides of the breast.
  5. Roll each breast up tightly and secure with string or toothpicks. Roll in seasoned flour to coat.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Serves 6-8

Wickedfood Cooking School

Sunninghill – (011)

Wickedfood runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built cooking studios. Classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.

Our classes are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and teambuilding cooking classes these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.