Yields 4 servings
- 1 pound beef tenderloin, trimmed cut into 16 thin slices
- 1/3 cup unseasoned dry bread crumbs
- 1/3 cup grated reduced-fat Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
- 1 garlic clove, finely diced
- 1 teaspoon dry Italian herb seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese or soy flavored mozzarella
- 1/4 cup Bacon Bits
- Olive oil
- 12 Turkish bay leaves (optional)
- 1 medium onion, cut into quarters, separated into pieces
- 1 red bell pepper, cut into pieces
- 1 green bell pepper, cut into pieces
- 4 metal skewers
- 1 lemon cut into 12 wedges
Spread wax paper or plastic wrap on a cutting board and lay out slices of meat, using a meat mallet pound into thin slices. Mix together the breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese and fresh parsley. Next, in a separate bowl, mix garlic, Italian seasoning, pepper, mozzarella cheese and bacon bits.
Preheat oven to broil or prepare outdoor grill according to manufacturers directions for outdoor grills. Skewered meat rolls can also be cooked in a grill pan.
Brush the meat lightly with olive oil, or use olive oil cooking spray. Dredge one side in breadcrumb mixture, and place breadcrumb side down on waxed paper. Place a small amount, about 1 tablespoon, of the garlic mozzarella mixture in the center of each piece of meat, fold sides over filling then roll meat into tight roll. Thread beef, bay leaf, oninon, lemon wedge and green and red pepper onto skewers, alternating ingredients so you use 4 pieces of meat per skewer, beginning and ending with meat. Place on prepared grill or roasting pan to broil.
Heat sources vary. Suggested cooking time is 4 minutes per side or longer for more well done meat, 5-6 minutes per side. Makes 4 skewers, 4 meat rolls per skewer. Serve with a tossed green salad, and brown rice pilaf.
NOTE: Chicken, veal or pork could also be used in this recipe. These cuts of meat are more tender, and will not need pounding.
B. SMART: Meat is easier to slice when it is slightly frozen. Or save time by asking your butcher to slice the meat for you. If you are using chicken, veal, or pork for this recipe, you can find them already sliced in your meat department—and would only need to cut them in half.
Brand Recommendations: Soy Flavored Mozzarella: Soya Kass by Panos, Saddlebrook, NJ Turkish Bay Leaves: Penzey's Bacon Bits; Hormel Real Bacon Bits: 50% Less Fat than USDA Data for Pan Fried Bacon