Meat rolls with hazelnuts
Involtini alle nocciole
I have not been able to trace the origin of these meat rolls with hazelnut stuffing, but a qualified guess would point to Piedmont, where they have a proud tradition for growing nuts.
One of the most fascinating sights in the Barolo district is the striped and dotted undulating landscape. The stripes are of course vine, while the dots are hazelnut bushes or trees. Another main produce from this area. The hazelnuts are prime ingredients in sweets such as nutella and Piedmont hazelnut cake, but you’ll also find the nuts in salads, pesto or meat, which has led me to presume that these meat rolls with hazelnuts originate in Piedmont. They definitely have the refined, grand taste normally associated with the region.
I use young beef for this recipe, but pork, veal or even chicken and turkey can be used instead.