Veal Rollatini is an interesting dish to me, not only because it is delicious, but because of the name. Veal, chicken or eggplant rollatini dishes are common on the menus of Italian-American restaurants. As the word rollatini might imply, these dishes consist of the main ingredient stuffed and rolled up. However, if you look in an Italian dictionary the word rollatini is nowhere to be found. The correct term is involtini. So, in Italy a dish made in this style is called involtini as in my Involtini di Pesce Spada.
I’m not sure where the term rollatini originated. Perhaps, some early Italian-American chef thought the name would be more intuitive to American diners. Or it could be dialect from a specific area in Italy. If anyone has any thoughts or insight please share in the comments. Anyway, Veal Rollatini is what it was called on my Dad’s menu so I am sticking with it. If you want you can call this an Italian-American dish.
Veal Rollatini Recipe
- Total Time: 40 minutes
Veal Rollatini are tender veal cutlets rolls that are stuffed with mozzarella, prosciutto, parmagiano-reggiano and parsley, then sautéed in a white wine and mushroom sauce.
- 1/2 pound mozzarella cheese, chopped
- 1/4 pound prosciutto, chopped
- 1/4 cup freshly grated parmagiano-reggiano cheese
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 pound veal scallopine, thinly sliced and pounded
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- flour spread on a plate for dredging
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1/2 pound of mushrooms
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Combine mozarrella, prosciutto, parmagiano-reggiano and parsley in a bowl and mix well. Place a tablespoon of the mixture on each scalloppine, roll up and fasten with toothpicks.
- Heat olive oil in a large oven-proof saute pan over medium-high heat. Dredge the rolled up veal in flour, shaking off the excess and place in pan. Brown quickly on all sides, then place the pan in the oven. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, turning once, until veal is cooked through and the cheese is melted.
- Remove pan from oven, transfer veal to a plate and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Drain the oil from the pan, place over medium heat and add the butter and mushrooms. Saute the mushrooms until they begin to release their juices.
- Add the white wine to the pan, and scrape loose with a wooden spoon all browning residues on the bottom and sides of the pan. Cook until the wine is reduced by half, then add the chicken broth and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Return the veal to the pan and cook until sauce is reduced by half and thickened. Transfer the rollatini to warm serving plates, spoon sauce and mushrooms over and serve.
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 25 mins
Hi! THank you for excellent recipes. To your question “why Rollatini”.
From my grandmother’s recipes (she was born in 1870, yes, eighteen hundred ) there is a similar dish. Her mother was from Como.My grandmother was born in Prague, when hen Bohemian Kingdom was in Austro-Hungarian Empire. Her recipe is called in German “Rollen”, and it’s veal pound flat stuffed with sauted mushrooms, parsley and onions, then rolled and fixed around with thin rope, then rolled in peppered flour, sauted in butter, little white wine added in the end then” … some heavy cream to taste, then just warm through…” served with delicate large Viennese bread dumplings, which are gently boiled in a heavily buttered cloth, then sliced about 1 cm thick. Lingonberries are the compot of her choce. Hope this helps. 🙂 Fondly Eliška Williams-Vitanovska
This was delicious and not really hard to make. Like any fancy dish it takes a little time. The only thing I did differently was use Marsala wine the second time I made it because I like the flavor. Also made with chicken and it was fabulous! thanks for the recipe!
We do not eat pork/bacon products. What can I substitute for the prosciutto? This dish looks delicious.
Leave it out obviously! I’ve made this recipe many times and I have left it out before .
The prosciutto gives it a bit of salt/savoury so replace with similar. Maybe chicken based sausage or I have heard you can roast chickpeas w/salt and sprinkle with paprika and it might mimic prosciutto flavour kind of.
how many people does this original recipe serve?
This was really delicious. There is enough filling for 6 scallopine. Next time I would make more sauce. I prepared the involtini in the morning and then finished it all off while my guests had their cocktails. We served it with roasted asparagus and orzo tossed with fresh herbs and a little lemon juice.