Roast Beef and Watercress Involtini

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1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 packed cups small watercress sprigs
3/4 cup finely shredded red cabbage
1/4 cup very thinly sliced red onion
Salt and freshly ground pepper
16 slices of rare roast beef (about 1 pound)
Pesto, for garnishing


1. In a medium bowl, whisk the olive oil with the lemon juice. Add the watercress, cabbage and onion, season with salt and pepper and toss.

2. Spread the roast beef slices on a work surface in pairs, overlapping them slightly along the sides, so you have eight 7-by-8-inch rectangles. Season the roast beef with salt and pepper. Mound the watercress salad on the meat and roll into tight cylinders. Trim the ends and cut the rolls into thirds. Sprinkle with salt, dot with pesto and serve.

Make Ahead: The rolls can be refrigerated for up to 1 hour.

Grace Parisi,

Food & Wine

October 2003
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