Serious Eats: Talk
Pet Peeve: it's "ballotine," not "balantine".
Did anyone else get annoyed when watching Top Chef last night that everyone kept pronouncing ballotine "ba-len-teen" instead of "bah-yo-teen" like it's supposed to be? It's French, goddammit!
I think the confusion comes because people mix up the words "ballotine," a hot preparation of meat stuffed with forcemeat, rolled and poached, and "galantine," a similar preparation that is served cold and coated in aspic, and end up combining the beginning of one word with the end of the other.
As Top Chef contenders, they should know better!