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Friday, November 19, 2010

My Mom's Braciole

I think this might be the first time I've actually featured one of my mom's recipes.  Well, actually, this recipe was handed down to her from my dad's mom.  What strikes me as funny about that is I grew up thinking her mom gave her this recipe.  I mean they were the Italian dad is German grandma made this wonderful Italian dish?  Well...I guess you really do learn something new every day!!

ANYWAY...the Braciole....yes.... I love braciole.  Now mine was lacking in the parsley department.  I got distracted and started doing three things at once in the kitchen...which is never a good thing...and before I knew it, I was layering the stuffing part on the meat and rolling them up thinking, wow, there really isn't enough parsley in here....but besides that little flaw in our meal, I will say that I think I would have made my mom proud!  Chris loved it... I loved it... that equals success in my book!!  Now, My mom let's her braciole simmer for 2 hours, I only let mine simmer for just over an hour....I didn't see any damage in removing them before the 2 hour mark....they still had time to soak up the flavor from the sauce and become nice and tender.

If you have never had braciole before, let me let you in on the secret - Braciole (American Italian style at least) are simply thin slices of beef rolled with a filling of parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, parsley, and olive oil.  They are quickly pan fried and then left to simmer in sauce.  You can serve them by themselves, over pasta, along side meatballs.  There truly is no wrong way to eat them!  (I wish I had taken a picture of them whole...I was so worried about getting a picture of the "inside" of the braciole, I never did get a pre-cut picture...sorry about that!)

Special thanks to my mom for allowing me to share this delicious recipe from my childhood with you!

My Mom's Braciole
Printable Recipe 
1 lb flank steak, pounded to 1/4-inch thick or less
1/2 cup dried Italian bread crumbs
1 garlic clove, finely minced
1/2 cup (or more) freshly chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
1/4-1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
olive oil
cotton string or toothpicks (DO NOT USE NYLON STRING!!!)
tomato/marinara sauce (about 2-3 cups)

In a pot or large sauce pan, over medium to medium-high heat, add the sauce and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer.

Meanwhile, cut the flank steak into strips about 3-4 inches wide.  Lay the strips flat on the counter.  In a bowl, mix the bread crumbs, garlic, parsley and cheese together.  Add enough oil to make into a paste.  Spread the filling evenly over the meat.  Roll the meat as tightly as you can and tie it with the cotton string or secure with toothpick.

In a skillet over medium high heat, with 1 tablespoon olive oil, brown all sides of the braciole.  Add the meat to the sauce and allow to simmer for 1 1/2 to 3 hours.

***My mom also wanted me to include Giada De Laurentiis way of baking this in the oven too:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Follow same instructions as above but brown the meat in an ovenproof skillet.  Add the tomato sauce to the pan (no need to heat up the sauce before this either) and bring to a boil.  Cover partially with foil and bake until the meat is almost tender, turning the braciole and basting with the sauce every 30 minutes.  After 1 hour, uncover and continue baking until the meat is tender, about 30 minutes longer.  The total cooking time should be about 1 1/2 hours.  Enjoy! 


Ma What's 4 dinner said...

See I've never had this. Nobody has ever made this for me. :( All those nice Italian boys I dated in college? Well their Mama's must not have liked me because I never got this dish. Maybe that's why I married and Irish boy. Good thing I can cook, because his family can't!
Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Cranberry Morning said...

Not only have I never had braciole, I've never even seen or heard the WORD before! Could have something to do with coming from a Scandinavian family and marrying into another Scandinavian family. But I'm ready to try this! I love all the ingredients, so I can't imagine that it wouldn't be delicious! (Try to follow that one, kinda like figuring our a referendum when you're in the voting booth!)

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Mmm that looks GOOD! The husband would DIE for this, he LOVES these kinds of things. I'm gonna have to make this for him for sure! THanks Jenn and Jenn's mom (and paternal grandma) for this delicious recipe!!

Mary said...

That looks like perfect foul weather food. It's a dish I don't make often enough. You've given me pause for thought. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

megan @ whatmegansmaking said...

This sounds delicious! My grandma is Italian and I don't think I've ever heard of this dish!

Pam said...

I've never had this dish before but I love every ingredient so it's sure to be a hit.

StephenC said...

I've never made braciole. I know you well enough to be candid: I don't like pre-flavored breadcrumbs. I would prefer to mix dried oregano, thyme and a couple other things into plain panko. But, there you have it. I'll think about making this the next time I find a super-cheap hunk of meat at Safeway.

Georgia (The Comfort of Cooking) said...

Yay for mom's recipes! This braciole looks wonderful, Jen. It's the sign of an Italian upbringing with a good cook for a mom, similar to how I grew up! Thanks so much for sharing this lovely recipe. Your mom sounds like a wonderful lady.

Debbie said...

My grandmother made this years ago every Sunday along with spaghetti and meatballs. Oh I was such a picky eater back then and never tried eat. I would only eat meatballs.....This looks delicious Jenn.

Cheeseboy said...

I can almost smell it from here. Sounds like mom knows Braciole.

Angie's Recipes said...

I have never had looks even a bit like German roulade. Looks really yummy!

Chris said...

I am cooking flank steak tonight and I came THIS close to making a roulade. (Too late to change my mind now, I am already going Thai style.)

I usually butterfly my flank steak and then pound it to 1/4" thick so I can work with one whole piece of meat. Do you tie your strips of meat up crosswise?

Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

What a great heirloom recipe! Love hearing the history. And I completely hear you on getting distracted. I think I only started allowing myself to TALK and cook at the same time in the past year;)

BTW, still laughing about the muffins!

Chef Dennis said...

Thanks for sharing such an outstanding family recipe with us!! You certainly did a great job recreating this wonderful recipe, it looks delicious!
Hope you have a great thanksgiving!

Yenta Mary said...

We got internet service restored just in time, so that I could see this AMAZING meal!!! Oh, I can practically taste it ... :)