cordon bleu with apple filling

i have told you about my favourite meat dish before. with those first chilly winternights and hunger for two, i thought it was about time to cook a decent cordon bleu. this time it's a new twist to an old classic: i am filling the classic cordon bleu with some cooked sour apples that make it digest just a dash easier and taste just wonderful with the cheese and the tender meat. a salad is all you need with this. ... and a hunger for two! - enjoy!


4 steaks (veal or beef, about 100g - tell the butcher to prepare them for cordon bleu!)
8 slices of ham
4 slices of gruyere
salt & freshly ground pepper
1 sour apple, cut in fine cubes
a dash of cinnamon
2 eggs, whisked
loads of fine breadcrumbs (put your stale bread in a mixer!)
butter and olive oil, to fry

cook the applecubes in a skillet in some butter. season with a little cinnamon. let cool.
wrap the cheese in the ham - make a neat little parcel. put into prepared steaks and press the edges well, so the meat sticks together (i also use wooden sticks to make sure it closes well). season generously with salt and pepper.
coat steaks with the flour, then the whisked eggs and cover very well with the breadcrumbs.

heat oil and a piece of butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. fry cordons bleus on each side for about 5-6 minutes until golden and the cheese has melted inside. serve immediately on a warm plate.