Family Style Rustic Braciole

With just a couple ingredients and in a couple hours your home will be filled with an aroma that will make you think you have been transported back in time to a Grandmother’s home, in Naples Italy. Prepared in a very rustic style, my Family size braciole, is simply amazing.

You’ll need:

Meat Ingredients

  • 1-flank steak 1.5-2 pounds
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 8-slices of prosciutto
  • 4-cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1-cup shredded provolone cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • String

Sauce Ingredients

  • 4-28 ounce cans of whole Italian plum tomatoes crushed by hand
  • 1/2-cup chopped onion
  • 1-cup dry red wine
  • 4-whole garlic cloves
  • 1-medium size onion cut in half
  • 2-bay leaves
  • 1-tsp Salt
  • 1/2-tsp pepper

 

Preparing the Meat:

Place the steak between 2 pieces of plastic wrap and pound it as thin as you can get it. You can also ask your butcher to do this.

Directions:

  1. Season the steak with salt and pepper.
  2. Layer the prosciutto on the steak then the provolone cheese, garlic all evenly.
  3. Starting with one end roll it up and secure with the twine in 4-5 places.
  4. In a large oven proof pot/dutch oven heat 1/4 cup of olive oil and carefully brown the Braciole on all sides then remove to a plate.
  5. Turn the heat to medium and deglaze all the brown bits from the pot with the red wine and reduce by half
  6. Now add the rest of the sauce ingredients .
  7. Cover and allow this to come to a boil.
  8. Once this is boiling remove the lid and place the Braciole in the pot.
  9. Place the lid back on the pot and place into a 300 degree pre heated degree oven
  10. Every half hour for 1.5 hours carefully turn the Braciole.
  11. Taste for salt n pepper, adjust remove the lid and back into the oven for 30 minutes
  12. Remove the bay leaves.
  13. Allow the Braciole to rest for 10 minutes, remove the string and slice into 1″ pieces.

I usually cook up a rigatoni for the sauce, it’s amazing.

Daniel Mancini