Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board with the smooth side down. Locate the small inner fillet and remove it by cutting away any connective tissue. Set it aside or freeze it for later use. Turn the breast over and, with the edge of a knife parallel to the cutting board, carefully cut down the length of the side of the breast almost to the other edge.
Next comes pounding. To minimize the noise it is recommended that a towel is placed under the cutting board. The towel also helps to prevent the board from moving while the chicken breasts are being pounded. Cover each piece loosely with a piece of plastic wrap or a freezer bag. You can use a mallet, a rolling pin, a frying pan or even a book! It is important that you don’t go too strong. Start from the centre and work your way out pounding the meat fairly gently yet firmly. Let the stroke go toward the edges of the breast as what you are trying to accomplish is spread the breast wider.
Season and place one gruyere stick, mushroom slices and pepper sticks in the middle of each breast. Fold over the edges into the centre, then tie tightly to create neat round parcels. Put a rosemary stick on top, you can secure it on the string.
Place the packets in a baking pan, add the wine and the olive oil and roast until browned all over. Alternatively, you can marinate the breasts in the wine and olive oil overnight prior to cooking. Hmm… I’ll do that next time for sure.
One more thing to keep in mind is to remove the kitchen string while the food is still hot otherwise it tends to adhere to the cooling crust.
Food for thought
The other day I was having a conversation with a dear friend about the effects of recession. It went like this:
– A friend who is unable to pay his mortgage plays it dumb whenever the bank calls him. He tells them: “What? More money? What about the money we gave you for recapitalization? It’s 5 grant a person, meaning you got 20 grant from this family already. Do your maths and call me after you have subtracted that amount from what I owe you.”
– Allegedly, banks will use that money to hire caretakers from Manolada to confiscate houses.
– That means we’ll have bought the weapons the banks will shoot us with, to paraphrase Stalin. (“A Capitalist will sell you the rope to hang him with.”)
– The Little Father of the Peoples never seems to go out of fashion, does he?
Which reminded me of another Stalin story:
One day while relaxing with associates at his dacha in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, Stalin was having some difficulty getting his associates to understand the relationship between control and power.
Seeing the chickens running around the courtyard where he was sitting, Stalin decided to demonstrate his theory. Grabbing one of the chickens, he began pulling fistfuls of feathers from the terrified chicken. The chicken struggled and fought back fiercely, but Stalin held it firmly with one hand while he removed the feathers with the other. To the surprise of Stalin’s audience, as soon as all the feathers were removed the chicken stopped struggling and fighting and became very docile, snuggling peacefully into Stalin’s hand.
Stalin then explained that without its feathers to keep its body heat inside, the chicken would quickly die of the cold if it stayed in the shade and, lacking any pigmentation to protect its skin from the sun, its skin would beseverely burned if it ventured into the sun for warmth.
The chicken, like the millions of people who had had their property taken by the communists, had no choice but to peacefully submit in order to survive.
(source: The Telegraph)