Dads Cook – Braciole

My husband loves making this recipe on a long afternoon, watching football in the kitchen, fireplace aglow.  He usually doubles or triples it to freeze for meals later on.

You will need:

2 cloves  garlic peeled and minced
1/2 bunch  flat leaf parsley stemmed and minced
2  large eggs
3 Tbsp  golden raisins
2 Tbsp  shredded pecorino-romano cheese
1/2 cup  seasoned bread crumbs
3 Tbsp  toasted pine nuts
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb  ground beef
2 pkgs (1-1 1/2 lbs each)  Top Round Beef Cutlets
2 Tbsp  olive oil
1 1/2 cups dry red wine
2 jars (24 oz each)  good marinara sauce

You’ll Need: Braising pan


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  1. Prepare filling: Add garlic, parsley, eggs, raisins, cheese, bread crumbs, pine nuts, salt and pepper to ground beef. Mix well with hands until well-blended.
  2. Lay cutlets flat on work surface. Place about 1/3 cup filling on lower 1/3 of cutlet. Roll up cutlets; season with salt and pepper. Dust with pan-searing flour; pat off excess.
  3. Heat oil in large braising pan on MEDIUM-HIGH, until oil faintly smokes. Add beef rolls, seam-side down, to pan. Turn over when meat changes color one-quarter of way up and seared side has turned paper-bag brown, about 3-4 min. Sear other side about 2 min, until brown. Remove from pan.
  4. Remove excess drippings from pan, leaving about 1 Tbsp in pan. Lower heat to MEDIUM; add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits on bottom of pan. Add tomato sauce; stir to combine.
  5. Return meat to pan. Bring liquid to 180-degree simmer; check using thermometer. Cover; place in oven. Braise 2 hours, until meat is very tender.

Serve with pasta and a green salad. Enjoy!