Prep 35 mins
Cook 40 mins
A friend of mine made these roulades for a dinner party she invited me to and they were so pretty and delicious! They may be prepared in advance and reheated. Just wrap in foil and place in a preheated 325F oven for about 15 minutes. Serves 6 as a starter and 4 as a main course. From "The Classic Vegetarian Cookbook."
- 4 cups spinach leaves, fresh and young
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 4 eggs, seperated
- nutmeg, freshly grated
- black pepper, freshly ground
- 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated for coating
- 1 large red pepper, quartered
- 1 cup cream cheese
- milk, a little
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200C). Line a 9x13-inch shallow-sided baking sheet with waxed paper to extend slightly up the sides.
- Place the spinach in a pan with just the water that clings to its leaves after washing. Cook over moderate heat until tender: 7-10 minutes. Drain.
- Put the spinach, butter, and egg yolks in a blender, and work until smooth. Transfer to a lare bowl, and season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.
- In a separate bowl, shisk the egg whites until they are stiff. Fold the egg whites into the spinach mixture using a metal spoon, then pour the spinach and egg-white mixture into the prepared pan, smoothing it to the edges.
- Sprinkle 2 tbsp of the Parmesan cheese over the roulade. Bake the roulade until just firm and spongy in the center: 12-15 minutes.
- Place a piece of waxed paper large enough for the roulade next to the oven, and sprinkle it with the remaining Parmesan. Remove the waxed paper that was used to line the pan from the top.
- Place the pepper under a hot broiler, shiny side up, until the skin blisters and turns black. Allow to cool. Tear off the papery skin, and remove and discard the stalk and seeds. Cut into strips.
- Beat the cream cheese with enough milk to make it spreadable, then cover the roulade with it. Arrange the red pepper over the top in widel spaced stripes, then roll up the roulade from one of the short sides.
- Place the roulade with the seam underneath so it cannot unroll. Trim the ends, and if desired, sprinkle the top with freshly grated Parmesan.