07 January 2008

Spinach Stuffed Roulade

Ok, while this serves 8, you can really get about 10-12 servings out of it. I had to cut each slice in half. If it was the only thing on the table, I could see 8, but when you have a salad, veggies, fruit, pasta, and bread, well, you just won't be able to eat a whole slice. I say you won't, I imagine there are some that could eat 1 or 2 slices, but, we don't wish for our ass to arrive 5 minutes after the rest of our body. If you go with 12 servings, the calories drop to 338 and fat drops to 22grams.

Served with a couple spoonfuls of fresh tomato sauce, a little bit of angel hair pasta, and that's some good eating. Unfortunately on this one, things got haywire right at dinner time and I didn't end up getting a picture of the final product, but you can look at the last picture and imagine it browned a bit, and there you have it.

2 pounds lean ground beef
1 1/2 cups bread crumbs
1 large shallot, chopped
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
20 ounces frozen spinach, squeezed dry
8 ounces italian cheese blend
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon basil

1. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, parsley, half of the shallots, garlic, seasonings, salt and pepper in large bowl; mix well.

2. Place on 12X12-inch sheet of foil moistened with water. Cover with 12X14-inch sheet of waxed paper moistened with water.

3. With hands or rolling pin, press meat mixture into 12X12-inch square. Refrigerate 2 hours or until well chilled.

4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove waxed paper from ground beef mixture.

5. Spread spinach, remaining shallots and cheese over ground beef mixture, leaving 1-inch border.

6. Starting at one end, roll up jelly-roll style, using foil as a guide and removing foil while rolling. Seal edges tightly.

7. Place roulade seam side down in foil-lined 13X9-inch baking pan. Bake, uncovered, about 1 hour. Let stand 15 minutes before cutting into 1-inch slices.

Nutritional Analysis
Calories: 506 kcal
% Calories from Fat: 59
% Calories from Carbs: 15
% Calories from Protein: 26
Total Fat (g): 33
Saturated Fat (g): 14
Monounsaturated Fat (g): 11
Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1
Cholesterol (mg): 152
Sodium (mg): 751
Potassium (mg): 773
Total Carbohydrates (g): 19
Dietary Fiber (g): 3
Protein (g): 33
Calcium (mg): 344
Iron (mg): 6
Zinc (mg): 5
Vitamin C (mg): 22
Vitamin A (IU): 5267
Vitamin B6 (mg): 0.4
Vitamin B12 (mcg): 2.8
Thiamin (mg): 0.3
Riboflavin (mg): 0.5
Folacin (mcg): 177
Niacin (mg): 7

Food Exchanges
Starch/Bread: 1
Lean Meat: 3
Vegetable: 0.5
Fruit: 0
Non-Fat Milk: 0
Fat: 3.5
Other Carbs: 0

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