Sunday, 19 November 2017

Savoury Roulade

Savoury Roulade

A pillow made of a soft cloud is the best way to describe a beautifully baked, fluffy savoury roulade. 
Roulades are sweet or savoury, generally filled with soft cheese and served with a delectable delicate sauce. Choose your fillings carefully so that they balance and complement rather than overpower the souffle-like texture of this roulade. 
Here is a sauce with sundried tomatoes in olive oil with a herb of your choice. Diced roasted chicken is added to it for protein, but it tastes just as superb without it. 

I urge everyone to try it out, as it may sound complicated, but it really is the best feeling when you turn this light delight and create your own flavours.

A slice of roulade showing the filling of cheddar and peppadew topped with the chicken sundried tomato sauce

Makes 16 slices

Preheat the oven to 160 C |325 F
Prepare a jelly roll/cookie sheet with parchment paper, buttered and floured

50 g / 2 oz butter
4 tbsp flour
1 1/4 cup of milk

1/8 tsp  freshly scraped nutmeg
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp sugar

5 egg yolks, beaten until just smooth

5 egg whites, beaten until stiff peaks (but not dry)

In a pan, melt the butter and add the flour. Stir for a minute and add the milk. While whisking it constantly, bring it to a rolling boil. 
Remove it from the heat. Add the freshly scraped nutmeg, a pinch of salt and sugar, and stir. Whisk well and add the egg yolks. Mix vigorously to incorporate into the roux. 

Fold in the egg whites, one third at a time, into the roux. 

Bake for 28 minutes. 
Overturn immediately on a kitchen towel. Roll up into a roulade. Keep it aside to cool for 30 minutes before applying the filling.

Soften 6 oz strong cheddar with 3 oz cream
Add  1/2 cup  finely chopped peppadew peppers.

Slice the roulade and serve it with the sauce.

For the sauce

170 g/ 6 oz butter
3 tbsp flour
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup cream
3/4 cup chicken stock
3 tbsp sundried tomatoes in olive oil and herbs
1 cup diced roasted chicken
salt to taste

In a pan, melt the butter and add the flour. Mix well and add the milk. Bring it to a boil for a full minute. Lower the heat to a simmer, add the cream and the stock. When it is incorporated and almost to a boil, add the sundried tomatoes in olive oil. Add the diced chicken. Mix well. Taste for salt and add a pinch if needed. 


Roulades simply means "roll" in French.
Mis en place has never been more important than in this recipe. Ensure your pan is ready, the ingredients are measured and the oven is perfectly heated before embarking on this delicacy. 

It can be prepared and kept unassembled for up to 24 hours. Do not refrigerate the roulade. Reheating it is not recommended. The roulade can be served at room temperature with the sauce that has been rewarmed and spooned over.

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Photo Courtesy Niloufer Mavalvala.

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