What is a Roulade?
The term roulade stems from the French word "rouler" or to roll. At the end of the day, a roulade is just a fancy way of stuffing meat or pastry by rolling the filling inside. Roulades can come in many forms, both sweet and savory. The savory versions tend to be made with meats filled with vegetables, cheese, seasonings, and sauces. A Swiss Roll, Yule Log, and Jelly Roll are all examples of sweet dessert/pastry roulades.
Why do we love them?
We love roulades as they are a great way to "stuff" a chicken breast and allow the filling to be evenly distributed across every bite. They also allow the flavorings and seasonings of the stuffing to absorb into the chicken, so everything has added flavor.
Roulades are very versatile because they can be filled with almost anything you like. We use roasted garlic, artichoke hearts, onions, and spinach in our Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Roulade, which can be ordered as a Custom Dinner, or Sicilian Artichoke Dinner. Or, for an even more flavorful option, try our Chicken Enchilada Roulade, which is filled with cheese, roasted poblano peppers, bell peppers, onions, and our house-smoked chili powder.
How do you make them?
Roulades are a little tricky and require practice to be done right. If you want to learn more about how to do them, here are three excellent turkey roulade recipes (serious eat, nytimes or the kitchn) that are also great for Thanksgiving Dinner. I think Serious Eats gives the best step-by-step instruction on how to make a roulade.
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