Prosciutto and Cheese Stuffed Lamb Tenderloin

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time10 mins
  • DifficultyMedium

For the lamb

4 (230g) boneless lamb tenderloins
salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 thin slices prosciutto or ham
4 thin slices (about 1-cm each) pecorino romano
8 whole fresh basil leaves
3 tbsp olive oil

For the dish

120ml dry Marsala wine or dry sherry
120ml chicken stock
2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil leaves
Special equipment: kitchen twine
Preheat the oven to 200°C.

Using a paring knife, cut a 7.5cm wide pocket, about 5cm deep, into the side of each tenderloin. Season the cavity with salt and pepper. Stuff one slice of prosciutto, one slice of cheese, and two basil leaves into each pocket. Tie one piece of kitchen twine at each end and one piece in the center of each tenderloin to secure the filling. Season the stuffed tenderloins with salt and pepper.

In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat, add the tenderloins and sear until golden brown, about three minutes per side. Transfer the tenderloins to an oiled baking pan. Roast for 8 to 10 minutes or until the internal temperature registers 65°C on an instant-read thermometer for medium-rare.

Place the skillet over high heat, add the marsala wine, and cook for one minute, scraping the brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the chicken stock and cook until the liquid is reduced by half, about four minutes. Remove the frying-pan from the heat and whisk in the butter until melted.

To serve:
Remove the kitchen twine, slice the tenderloins and arrange on serving plates. Spoon the sauce over the sliced tenderloin and garnish with the cutletped basil.

*Cook's note: This recipe will also work with beef rib spencer steaks or filet mignon.

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