There's a lot to love about Bolzano salami.
It's made from sustainably raised heirloom pork.
It was made right here in Milwaukee.
It's also incredibly versatile.
Sure, it's great eaten right out of hand or on a cracker. But, it's also delicious in pasta salads, on pizza and in sandwiches.
But, have you ever envisioned salami starring in a delicious company-worthy dish like this?
This delicious recipe features quick-brined chicken breasts stuffed with garlic butter, and stuffed to the brim with salami, sundried tomatoes, and Feta. The chicken breasts are easy to throw together, they hold their shape thanks to a bit of kitchen twine, and they're perfect for making ahead. Both the brine and the butter ensure a deliciously tender chicken breast, and the basic filling offers just the right pop of sweet salty flavor.
The chicken breasts cook up beautifully in the oven, and when sliced into medallions, they make a fabulous presentation on the dinner plate. Serve them on a bed of sauteed spinach with crispy roasted potatoes. Or place them atop a main dish salad. Leftover medallions are delicious piled high on a sandwich with crisp lettuce, maybe a slice of melted cheese, and a bit of mayo.
Bolzano Salami Stuffed Chicken Breasts
6 tablespoons kosher salt
2 quarts cold water
4 boneless chicken breast halves
freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1 clove garlic, minced
1 ½ tablespoon minced fresh parsley
½ cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained and chopped
3/4 cup crumbled Feta cheese
24 thin slices Bolzano salami
Cover a cutting board with plastic wrap. Lay down each chicken breast. Place your non-cutting hand on top of the breast. Insert your knife into the thickest part of the breast. Using a sweeping motion, slice into the breast until the knife reaches the middle. Open the chicken breast like a book. Cover it with another sheet of plastic wrap. With the smooth side of a meat mallet, gently pound out the butterflied breast until it is about ½ inch thick all over. Repeat for all four breasts.
Dissolve 6 tablespoons salt in 2 quarts cold water in large container. Add pounded breasts, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, combine butter, garlic, and parsley. Mix until smooth and blended.
Remove breasts from brine and dry thoroughly inside and out with paper towels.
Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F.
Season breasts with black pepper. Spread equal amount of butter mixture over each breast. Place 6 slices of salami in the center of each breast and top with approximately 2 tablespoons of the sundried tomatoes and 2-3 tablespoons of Feta cheese. Fold in the ends of the chicken breast and roll up the chicken into a fairly tight roll. Evenly space three 12-inch pieces of kitchen twine beneath each breast and tie, trimming any excess.
Place stuffed chicken breasts, seam side down, into a lightly greased baking pan. Season the outside with black pepper, and place into the preheated oven. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until chicken breasts are browned and cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees.