Chicken Ballotine Recipe with Spinach, Minced Chicken and Porcini Mushrooms Powder Stuffing

chicken ballotine recipe stuffed chicken with spinach meat mushroom stuff chicken breast

Chicken ballotine with spinach, powdered porcini and minced chicken mixture

Ballotine a French cuisine dish made of deboned poultry (usually chicken) with ground meat stuffing. The other common stuffing ingredients is mushrooms, veggies and cheese.  Ballotine is similiar to sausage with poultry meat casing. The “sausage”  is tied up to keep the shape with butcher twines. Ballotine can be cooked by roasting, braising or poaching, depend on your preference. I like to roast chicken breast with some liquid attach in the bottom, i guess this can make ke chicken skin crisp up and the meat didn’t drain out too much.

homemade chicken ballotine stuffed chicken porcini mushroom spinach foreced meat

crispy skin chicken ballotine with mash purple sweet potato

Today i made a ballotine with chicken breast. The chicken breast is butterflied first then gently flatened with meat mallet until 1 cm thick. For a fancy looks, i like to the keep wings bone attach with the chicken breast and fully eksposed it. You can use the wings meat for stuffing too, vo need to worry about it. For the stuffing i use my powdered porcini mushroom after i’ve made my Smoked Lamb Chop with PORCINI Mushrooms Crusted,  I mix it with minced chicken meat and skin, cheese and a little of breadcrumbs.

stuffed chicken breast with spinach ground meat porcini balontine recipe chicken


Chicken Ballotine Recipe:

  • 1/2 deboned, skin in chicken breast (about 300 gr), butterflied, flattened
  • 1 tbsp porcini mushrooms powder
  • smoked seasalt and blackpepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 clove shallot, finely chopped
  • a pinch of italian mix herbs
  • a pinch of oregano
  • cotton twines

Chicken Ballotine Stuffing Recipe:

  • 100 gr fresh spinach leaves, sauteed, squeezed, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp porcini mushrooms powder
  • 1/2 tsp powdered cheese
  • 70 gr chicken meat, finely chopped
  • 30 gr chicken skin, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 clove shallot, finely chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp bread crumbs

How to Make Chicken Breast Ballontine:

  • Preheat oven to 180 degree celcius
  • Mix all of the stuffing ingredient except the spinach, set aside
  • Heat up 1 tbsp oil in a pan, saute the shallot and garlic until slightly browned then add the tomato, italian herbs and oregano and continue sautee until the tomato is soften, set aside
roasted chicken tomato

Sauteed tomato for roasting chicken ballotine

  • Put the flattened chicken breast in your chopping board, skin side down, rub it with porcini mushrooms powder, salt and pepper
chicken breast ballotine with porcini mushrooms filling

Rub the chicken with dried porcini mushroooms powder, seasalt and blackpepercorn

  • Apply the spinach above it then put the rest of the filling ingredient in the middle,
stuffed chicken breast spinach porcini ground meat ballotine

Stuffed chicken breast with spinach,minced chicken and powdered porcini mixture

  • Gently seal the filling with the chicken breast meat.
  • Press out the ballontine chicken to remove any air from the cavity and make sure you did this carefully to prevent the filling spilled out
  • Thighten the balontine chicken with cotton twines.
ballotine chicken  breast stuffed spinach porcini mushroom powder

Ballotine chicken breast

  • Heat up 1 tbsp oil in a pan, sear the chicken all over to browned it a lil bit, set aside
seared chicken breast with spinach stuffing porcini mushroom

Seared the ballotine all over to get a nice brown color!

  • Put the tomato mixture in a roasting pan then put the ballotine chicken sausage above it
roasted chicken breast stuffed spinach porcini powder balotin

Ballotine chicken: ready for oven !

  • Roast about 20-25 minutes until the ballotine chicken is done.
Spinach stuffed chicken breast ballotine roasted tomatoes

Ballotine chicken: fresh from the oven!

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Smoked Lamb Rack with PORCINI Mushrooms Crusted, Saffron Polenta and Cherry Tomato Sauce

smoked lamb recipe smoked lamb rack chop porcini mushroom crusted

Smoked Lamb Chop with PORCINI Mushrooms Crusted, Saffron Polenta and Cherry Tomato Sauce

Smoked Lamb Rack or lamb chop with porcini mushrooms crusted is an easy recipe with a fancy restaurant looking dish. The porcini mushooms crusted within the smoked lamb rack or lamb chop made an earthy and pungent mushrooms fragrance along with the smoky flavour. I guess no one could  regret this, even for a non-lamb person.  As a lamb person, i love to cook and also eat lamb all the way. Roasted, grilled, stewed and you name it. Luckily,when i checked to my fellow friends blog, she made a smoked lamb leg with rosemarry rubs, wow it’s sound great since any gamey meat is suits with smoking technique. It’s a kinda shame on me, since i’m a huge fans of lamb and never  even thought to smoked it before. Ever since i’m made my homemade smoked salmon, homemade smoked beef and homemade tea smoked goose, i’ve always craving for homemade smoking without smokers house, just using a simple old crockpot.

dried porcini mushrooms recipe

Dried porcini mushrooms for making porcini mushrooms powder

Porcini mushrooms powder crusted lamb rack or lamb chop is a popular in western style cuisine, especially in France, Italy and Spain, the producent of porcini mushrooms. Actually porcini mushrooms powder is not only great for crusted, but also for stuffing like my Chicken Ballotine Recipe with Spinach, Minced Chicken and Porcini Mushrooms Powder StuffingPorcini mushrooms (Boletus Edulis ) is an edible mushroom with a very potent mushrooms aroma. The dried porcini mushrooms is considered as delicacy and fancy gourmet ingredient. Powdered dried porcini is good for sauce flavouring, rubs and make an intense mushroom aromas in pasta, pie filling etc. Btw, this is my first ebay ingrident that succesfully shipped from Italy. Porcini mushrooms is quite pricey, it s only 20 grams and cost me about 20 USD for shipped that to Indonesia, well the 6 USD of it for international shipping cost. When i first toasted the mushrooms, the kitchen is smells so good with a very deep and earthy aromas . I guess the mushrooms worth for the price when i processed that info powder, preety damn good ingredient!!!. First trial of my new kitchen ingredient is to make a crusted layer on smoked lamb chop.

porcini crusted lamb chop smoked lamb porcini powder

Porcini Mushrooms Crusted Smoked Lamb Chop

Homemade Smoking Lamb Rack or Lamb Chop is actually so easy. Just like my homemade tea smoked salmon, tea smoked lamb rack needed prior lamb rack surface drying out  to make a pellicle first. The Pellicle layer is needed to mantain and keep the juice inside the meat and not dripping out during the smoking process. After slighly curing the lamb chop with powdered porcini and cajun seasoning, the lamb chop patted dry with clean paper towel and laid in front of fan or air conditioner for about 20 minutes to dried out the surface. You can made this happed by put the cured lamb uncovered in the fridge overnight prior to smoking. Usually i use rice as a homemade smoked agent, but since my grandmas is concern on “wasting” for smoking agent, she ask me to use my leftover dried corn from feeding the goose for my Confit d’Oie/Goose Confit. The dried  corn works well as smoking agent. Beside changing the smoking agent, today i try to smoked the lamb leg in a very low flame to infused the smoke flavour to the lamb chop even better. After that, i dragged the smoked lamb chop in a powdered porcini mushroom then pan fried it to make a crusted porcini mushroom layer.

homemade smoked lamb rack lamb chop smoking  with porcini mushroom powder recipe

Smoked lamb with porcini mushroom crusted: great flavour combination!

Saffron infused polenta is a great pairing for this tea smoked lamb rack. The basic recpe for making saffron polenta is so simple, you  need to follow the package instruction adn add the saffron in the cooking process. For enrich the dish  flavour, i add  tangy and refreshing burst of cherry tomato concase with a little touch of cayenne or chili pepper. It’s all easy, fancy and heavently lamb recipe!

Porcini Mushrooms Crusted Lamb Chop Recipe:


  • 2 @125 gr lamb chop
  • 1 tbsp porcini mushrooms powder
  • smoked seasalt and black peppercorn to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil for pan frying
Porcini mushrooms powder recipe porcini crusted

Powdered porcini mushrooms

Smoked  lamb recipe:

  • a handfull of uncooked dried corn (you can use rice)
  • cinnamon, break into small pieces
  • star anise, break into smal pieces
  • 1 tbsp szechuan peppercorn
  • 1 tbsp sugar

Homemade Smoked Lamb Curing Recipe:

  • 1/2 tsp ground tea smoked salt
  • 1 tbsp porcini mushroom powder
  • 1/2 tsp grounded white  peppercorn
  • 1/2 tsp cajun seasoning powder (i use Mc.Cormic)


How to Make Smoked  Lamb Chop:

  • Apply all curing ingredient to the lamb chop, put in the fridge, cure for about 12 hours, flip it over every 2 hours.
  • Pat dry the lamb chop, some people like to gently washed it with slow running water, but i prefer not to do it
  • Put the lamb hop into a metal rack.
  • Set your fan or air conditioner into the higest and expose the lamb cop directly to the winds for about 10 minutee until the surface had a perfect dried pellicle layer.
Cured lamb chop dried pellicle sufface smoking lamb

Cured lamb chop with dried pellicle surface: ready for smoking !

  • Flip it once and expose it with the winds another 10 minutes.
  • Wrap the lamb chop with alumuniun foil and  freezer and let it rest to half frozen*optional
  • Meanwhile, scatter the smoking angent in the bottom of the pot
  • Set your stove to the highest flame until the smoke released  from the pot, set it into the lowest flame
  • Put a porcelain bowl/cup that filled with ice cube( this is to needed to lower the temperature a lil bit) then put in in the center of the pot
  • Take a wire rack ( i lost mine, so i use a clean glass ashtray) then stage it above the frozen cup and close it with the glass cover.
smoked lamb chop recipe without smokers

Just pretend that i use wire rack for make a smoked lamb……

  • Let the lamb smoked for about 10 minutes, it depends on the thickness of your lamb chop

How To Make Porcini Mushroom Crusted Smoked Lamb Chop”

  • Mix the porcini mushrooms powder with smoked sea salt and black peppercorn
  • Rub that mixture evenly to the smoked lamb chop
  • Meanwhile, heat up the olive oil in the stainless steel pan
  • pan fried the the smoked lamb until the surface had a nice golden brown porcini mushrooms crusted
  • Served with *Saffron Infused Polenta and Spicy Tomato Concase

Saffron Infused Polenta Recipe

  • Put 1/2 cup polenta and 2 cup chicken stock in a heavy bottom sauce pan, bring to boil
  • Season with salt, pepper and a pich of saffron
  • Add 2 tbsp heavy cream, simmer and continue stirring until the polent is throughly cooked and had a thick consistency


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