Uccelli Scappati

A traditional Italian dish, Uccelli Scappati (oo-chcy-leh skah-pah-tay) is lean slices of veal rolled with ham and, most importantly, sage. Sometimes roast beef and bacon are used instead of veal and ham. Serve with rice or noodles and a mixed green salad for a really delicious meal.

6 veal escalopes, pounded thin and halved

12 slices lean cooked ham

2 sage sprays, separated into leaves

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1 oz. butter, melted

Preheat the grill to high.

Lay the veal slices out flat on a working surface. Place a slice of ham over each veal slice and top each with the sage leaves. Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the meat. Roll up Swiss roll style.

Thread the rolls on to skewers, spaced well apart. Place the skewers on the rack of the grill pan. Using a pastry brush, brush the meat with the melted butter. Place the pan under the heat and grill for 15 to 20 minutes, turning and basting frequently with the pan juices or until the meat is tender.

Remove the pan from under the heat. Slide the rolls off the skewers on to warmed individual plates. Serve at once.

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