|Rolled Barossa Chook Breast with Black Pig Prosciutto / Hühnchen Rollbraten mit Schinken|
Here in Melbourne, we are pretty fortunate to have a number of specialist food stores, and even supermarkets, that stock Barossa produce. As such, I think it would have been quite simple to buy a bunch of Barossa items, and just chuck them together in a slapdash meal. And to be honest, if you did that, you'd probably still have something pretty good on your hands. But I really wanted to make a meal that wasn't only delicious, but also reflected the Barossa's heritage.
So I did a little research, and I found out that the Barossa has a very strong German influence, thanks to German settlers who first arrived in 1840. Not only does that mean they have German bakeries and restaurants there (yay!), but there is also a dialect of German called Barossadeutsch, which used to be common in South Australia. How cool is that?! As a student of the language, and lover of all types of German food, I found this extremely fascinating, and it doubled my desire to visit!
So it was a no-brainer to combine my competition entry with my love for German food! After much deliberation, here is the meal I decided on... (with German translation below, just for fun).
A Barossa Inspired Meal for 2
Rolled Barossa Chook Breast with Black Pig Prosciutto
Glazed Carrots with Maggie Beer Vino Cotto
German-Style Fried Potatoes
Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2007
Gooseberry Streuselkuchen with Maggie Beer Vanilla Bean and Elderflower Ice-Cream
Ein Festmahl von der Barossa Region
Hühnchen Rollbraten mit Schinken
Glasierte Karotten mit Vino Cotto
Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2007
Stachelbeeren Streuselkuchen mit Vanille- und Holundereis
Let's have a look at the different parts of the meal, one by one.
The main dish (which you can see in the top picture of this post), was Hühnchen Rollbraten mit Schinken. Or less exotically, rolled roast chicken breast stuffed with prosciutto.
Both the chicken and prosciutto are Saskia Beer products. The Barossa Chook is free range, has a completely vegetarian diet and are allowed to grow for double the industry standard, which means the chickens have softer meat, more flavour, and more resilient skin. The butcher I visited only sells the Barossa Chooks whole, and I only needed the breasts for my recipe, so I got him to remove them, and chop up the rest of the chook. I've popped the remainder in the freezer for future meals. (I'm especially looking forward to making soup with the bones!)
|Barossa Chook breasts, The Black Pig prosciutto|
To make my Rollbraten, I pounded the breasts flat (skin-side down), layered the proscuitto on top, rolled them up carefully and secured them with kitchen twine. Then, I browned them a hot pan, and finished them off in a medium-hot oven to cook through.
|Layering, rolling and frying the chicken|
|Glasierte Karotten mit Vino Cotto|
And that, my friends, was the meal!
I must admit, I was so happy with it! I'd never made Rollbraten before, and I was so relieved that it turned out well. Even though I think I may have slightly overcooked the chicken, it was still moist, with crispy skin, and the most incredible, intensely chickeny flavour. I'm really glad I entered this competition, as I wouldn't have tried the Barossa Chook otherwise. And it's dee-licious! I'd love to try a classic roast chicken next time.
I did make a dessert too, although it was a good few hours after that filling dinner before we sat down to eat it! I made gooseberry streuselkuchen - Stachelbeeren Streuselkuchen for those of you who like a bit of alliteration - a sweet and spicy yeasted dough, topped with gooseberries and a crunchy almondy crumble. According to Maggie Beer, streuselkuchen is a staple of Barossa bakeries (even more reason why I want to go!)
I used Nigella Lawson's kuchen recipe, replacing her suggested fruits with gooseberries, and served it with a lusciously creamy scoop of Maggie Beer's vanilla bean and elderflower ice-cream. I don't ordinarily like floral flavours in food (rosewater, elderflower, violet etc.), but there is something so perfect about the combination of gooseberries and elderflower. Leftover streuselkuchen made a wonderful breakfast the next morning.
If you'd like to enter too, have a look at the Barossa's Table competition website, for instructions and T&C's. Nuffnang is also running a parallel Barossa competition for its bloggers, with the chance to win a weekend trip to the famous region! (Instructions and T&C's are here).