The flamenco dress has evolved from a tight-fitting, polka-dotted dress with a flouncy skirt, worn by gypsy dancers, to high fashion frocks worn by Andaluzas of all sizes. The feria season is preceded with designer fashion shows featuring the season’s new styles—different necklines, sleeve and skirt lengths, fringe, ruffles, colors and prints. This year’s styles tend to saturated solid colors—tangerine, fuchsia, turquoise—with deeply plunging backs and tiers of ruffles exploding from the hips. Wow. Get your faralaes on! (Faralaes, plural of faralá, are flounces.)
|Flamenquines are fried pork rolls with ham and cheese.|
This week’s recipe has a bit of feria flounce, too. Flamenquines are crispy, fried pork rolls with a stuffing of ham and cheese. OK, I really don’t know why they are called flamenquín, which could mean “little gypsy,” or “little Flemish person” or “little flamingo.” But, probably not.
Flamenquines, a tapa bar favorite, supposedly originated in Jaén or Córdoba. While it has many variations, the one I first tasted in Jaén remains my favorite—pork cutlets rolled around ham and cheese. The rolls are breaded and fried until crisp.
I made an experimental roll with a few spinach leaves laid on top of the cheese slice. Very good. You could try also a strip of roasted red pepper or a cooked spear of asparagus in the filling.
To fry the rolls, heat the olive oil until shimmering, but not smoking. Put a few rolls at a time into the skillet, turn them to seal on all sides. Then lower the heat to medium and fry on all sides until golden-brown. This way the pork cooks thoroughly in the time the crust browns.
Serve the flamenquines with alioli (garlic mayonnaise), with a spicy tomato sauce, with chutney or simply with a wedge of lemon.
Flouncy Fried Pork Rolls
Makes 6 rolls.
|Layer pork, ham and cheese.|
Salt and pepper
Thyme leaves (optional)
Thin slices of serrano or cooked ham (3-4 ounces)
6 slices cheese (such as Manchego)
½ cup flour
1 egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon water
¾ cup fine dry bread crumbs
Olive oil for frying
Place the cutlets between layers of plastic wrap and pound them to a thickness of ¼ inch. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, parsley and thyme, if using.
Across each cutlet lay strips of ham and a slice of cheese. Starting with the wide edge, roll up the cutlets, jelly-roll style, tucking in the edges. If necessary, secure the rolls with toothpicks.
Place the flour, beaten egg and breadcrumbs in 3 shallow bowls. Dredge the rolls first in the flour, patting off excess. Then put them in the dish of beaten egg, coating them well. Let excess egg drip off, then roll them in the bread crumbs, taking special care to seal the ends with egg and crumbs. Let the rolls dry for at least 30 minutes. The rolls can be prepared in advance and refrigerated, but bring them to room temperature before cooking.
Heat oil in a skillet to a depth of ½ inch. Fry the rolls, a few at a time, until they are browned and crisp on all sides, about 4 minutes total. The meat should be cooked through and the cheese melted. Drain briefly on paper toweling and serve hot.
|These rolls have spinach leaves too.|