Beef Braciole, Italian Beef Rolls in Tomato Sauce.
There are many variations of Beef Braciole, it’s in the category of Involtini or Bruciuluni in Sicily. It’s basically thin slices of protein (beef, chicken, pork or fish) with different types of fillings depending on the season.
The fillings include a combination of ingredients like cheese, pine nuts, raisins, spinach, herbs, breadcrumbs, as well as prosciutto or different types of salami. As you can imagine you can get really creative with this!
4 to 6 slices of thinly sliced beef top round (ask the butcher to cut this for you)
You will need cooking twine or toothpicks to secure the meat.
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup of diced yellow onion
1/2 cup red wine
2 28 oz can whole, peeled tomatoes that you crush on your own (do not use the tomato water).
3 bay leaves
Salt and Pepper to taste
For the Filling:
5 tbsp chopped parsley
5 tbsp of bread crumbs
1/4 cup pine nuts
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
3 cloves of garlic finely chopped
Your Favorite Pasta to serve it over
First, start by pounding the meat to tenderize and thin it out, dust each side with salt and pepper. Mix together parsley, pine nuts, parmesan, and garlic in a bowl and set aside.
Take a slice of beef and place about 1 tbsp of the filling at the bottom and start to roll the beef around the filling into a tight roll. Secure with toothpicks or cooking twine. Next, heat oil in a pot over medium to high heat. Working in batches brown the beef on each side, transfer to a plate.
Add onions and sauté until translucent. Add wine and continue to cook down for a few more minutes. Next add the tomatoes and the bay leaves, cook for another 3 minutes. Add the beef rolls to the sauce making sure to spoon the sauce over the rolls.
Reduce to a low heat and continue to cook partially covered until meat is tender (about 1 hour and 30 min). Remove the rolls from the sauce and discard the toothpicks or cooking twine. Continue to cook the sauce until thickened if needed.
Place Braciole on a platter and pour the sauce over it. Sprinkle with parsley, add garlic bread and serve over your favorite pasta!
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