The always fabulous David Lebovitz gave me another way to use prosciutto and chèvre when I can’t get asparagus in season. Friends, family and frequent visitors to this blog know how I love to make asparagus spears with prosciutto and chèvre…now you can skip the veg if you want or need to! Read on!
Chèvre and Prosciutto Rolls (Involtini)
About 25 bite-sized rolls
Depending on where you live, you can use any kind of thinly sliced air-dried ham: anything labeled prosciutto will work, or one with provenance, such asjambon de Bayonne or San Daniele ham. I trim off the excess fat on the ham slices; unless it’s very thin, it can be chewy and tough.
Adding some fresh herbs adds a nice flavor; if the leaves are small, use them whole. Otherwise cut them lengthwise into thin strips. If you can’t get chèvre where you live, try a feta, or even cream cheese, adding some chopped herbs or black pepper perhaps to give it a little kick.
3 thinly-sliced pieces of prosciutto (about 2 ounces, 60 gr)
2 ounces (60 gr) chilled chèvre or feta cheese
Optional: a few leaves of fresh sage, mint, basil or oregano
about 1/3 cup (80 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1. With a sharp knife, cut a slice of prosciutto into rectangular strips about 1″ x 2″ (3 cm x 5 cm).
2. Cut the chèvre (or feta) into bâtons approximately the same width as the ham slices.
3. Make thin slices of a few leaves of a fresh herb, if using.
4. Take a piece of chèvre (or feta), rest it on the narrowest edge of a rectangle of prosciutto along with a sliver of herbs, and tightly it up, pressing it to make sure it stays together.
5. Set the roll in a dish, and continue, using the rest of the prosciutto and feta.
6. Once finished, douse the rolls with enough olive oil so that they’re saturated and nearly fully immersed in the olive oil.
7. Serve, or refrigerate until ready to serve. If refrigerated, let come to room temperature before serving.
Storage: The rolls can be made up to three days in advance. Any olive oil leftover can be used as a base for vinaigrette, or for another purpose.