Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Braciole- A Traditional Italian Meal

For a delicious Italian meal,
this one is very easy to to prepare.
Funny thing is, Andy and I got the idea to make this meal from an episode on the sitcom 'Everybody Loves Raymond'.
On the show they are always talking about Marie (Ray's Mother)'s all-Famous Braciole.
So we set out to find the best Brociole recipe.
We found a few recipes and kind of took ideas from each of them, and did our own version.
The result was fantastic, and turned into a wonderful Sunday dinner.

A traditional Italian meal


  • 1/2 cup dried Italian-style bread crumbs
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1/3 cup grated provolone
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) flank steak or Round steak(I prefer the Flank Steak)
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 3 1/4 store-bought marinara sauce


1. Stir the first 5 ingredients in a medium bowl to blend. Stir in 2 tablespoons of the oil. Season mixture with salt and pepper and set aside.

2. Lay the flank steak flat on the work surface. Cover steak with plastic wrap, and then pound the steak with a kitchen mallet or a hammer until is is about 1/4 of a inch thick. Sprinkle the bread crumb mixture evenly over the steak to cover the top evenly. Starting at 1 short end, roll up the steak as for a jelly roll to enclose the filling completely. Using butcher's twine, tie the steak roll to secure. Sprinkle the braciole with salt and pepper.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

3. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add the braciole and cook until browned on all sides, about 8 minutes. Add the wine to the pan and bring to a boil. Stir in the marinara sauce. 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.

4. Remove the braciole from the sauce. Using a large sharp knife, cut the braciole crosswise and diagonally into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Transfer the slices to plates. Spoon the sauce over and serve with pasta.


1 comment:

JTLutzy said...

You may not believe me, but that is why I'm looking up Braciole recipes! My boyfriend and I caught that episode last night! Debrah got upset b/c Raymond called it roadkill, but it was a misunderstanding, b/c he loves it! LOL! It looked so good, and I don't think I've ever heard of this before, and thought I'd try making something new! I'm hoping to make it tomorrow. It looks amazing! Thanks again!!