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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Cordon Bleu

This was the last thing I thought I would be cooking after the holiday.  To be honest, I was so used to not-cooking after being cooked for such a long time, I felt like I couldn't be bothered to cook proper meals again.  Oh well...  I had to start at some point.   Husband and kids were hungry so I did what I had to do.   I went to look in my freezer to see what I can find in there, hoping that there is a frozen pizza somewhere hidden or forgotten so I wouldn't have to do much work.  The only thing I could find was some frozen meat including some beef fillets cut for Cordon Bleu.  I have to say, I get these delivered as a part of a package but I have never used them in a real Cordon Bleu, except once. Mainly because I was too lazy to do the work.  Stuffing it, frying it, etc.  It just looked too complicated.  I ended up cooking them as schnitzels or chop them into something else.  This time somehow,  I had the ingredients at home although we had not yet done a proper grocery shopping.  I already had the Gruyere and some Turkey ham.  I have done this once before from a recipe book but it didn't quite work that time, but this trial turned out to be a success.  Meat was cooked perfectly and was soft.  Kids loved it. (Surprisingly!)
I did it really quickly in a very simplified way so if you have the ingredients then go for it.  Below recipe is adapted from Betty Bossi Fleischküche cookbook.

(Makes 3)

3 pieces of beef or veal fillet, sliced into two thin pieces each.  You can leave them attached from one side so it would be easier to close them up. 
100 g Gruyere Cheese (should make about 3 large slices to fill up each steak)
3 pieces of Turkey ham or usual ham
1/2 tablespoon of mustard
Salt and freshly milled pepper
12-14 toothpicks to close up the steaks

To fry:
3 tablespoons of flour
1 egg beaten
1 cup of breadcrumbs (keep the pack near by just in case you may need more depending on the size of your steaks)

Prepare your fillets on a chopping board so it's easy for you to work on (See picture).  First brush a little bit of mustard on the insides of the fillets.  Then put the ham on one side. Next the slices of Gruyere on top of the ham.  Try not to stuff the fillets too much, otherwise you won't be able to close them up well and cheese will melt out of the steaks during cooking. The proper way is to wrap the cheese in the ham and then put it on the fillet, however I was in a rush.  Mine looked like this.
Last is to close up those steaks with toothpicks as in the photo above.  Then season them on both sides with some salt and pepper.
When you are done start preparing for frying in this order.  
Put your flour on a flat plate.  
Put your beaten egg on a slightly deep plate. 
Put the breadcrumbs on a flat plate.  
Then put them right next to each other in the same order.  Flour, egg, breadcrumbs. 
Then heat up the oil in a non stick pan.  Don't need to use too much oil, just enough to cover the base of the pan. Start preparing your steaks for the final round. 
First roll the steak on flour, then dip it in the egg and last, roll it on breadcrumbs.  Next onto the frying pan with oil.  Fry 5 minutes on each side over medium heat.  This is very important to get tender meat. 
I served this with some oven baked potato wedges, which I will post here soon.  For now I leave you with Cordon Bleu. 


  1. I've only ever had chicken cordon bleu...never beef. This looks so cheesy and delicious!

  2. The photo looks so enticing great job. Cordon bleu cooked to perfection!