Braciole (Italian round beef steak roll) recipe

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This classic Italian beef steak recipe is used in combination with a tomato based pasta sauce. Braciole is basically round beef steak, rolled up with garlic, onion, herbs, spices and Parmesan cheese. The braciole is browned in olive oil, then slowly cooked in a tomato or Marinara sauce for 1 1/2 to 2 hours and finally served with pasta or as a standalone dish. This is a perfect recipe for both the tomato sauce and the beef round steak and makes a great pasta dish.
Preparation time: 10 minutes, Cooking time: 130 minutes, Serves: 4 


2 pounds round beef steak
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 tsp dried oregano
3 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

4 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil


Place the round steak between two sheets of plastic wrap and using a wooden mallet or rolling pin pound it until it is about half as thin as it was initially.

Place the garlic slices evenly on the steak and using the mallet again, pound the garlic into the meat. Lay a sheet of aluminum foil onto your working surface and place the seak on it. Season with salt and pepper and add the oregano, parsley, onion and parmesan cheese. Roll the steak into a roll shape and tie it with a piece of cooking or butcher's string at 4 to 5 places so that it will not fall apart when being cooked.

In a frying pan over medium to high heat add the olive oil. Put the steak roll into the pan and cook it, turning often, until brown on all sides. Remove the steak roll (the braciole) from the pan, put it in the tomato sauce and cook for 1 1/2 to 2 hours on very low heat. When done, remove it from the sauce and get rid of the string, pour the tomato sauce over freshly cooked pasta and serve the braciole together with the pasta or as a separate dish.
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thank you that's the one! yummy!
Posted by pa donahue on Aug 22, 2012, 03:25
Very good dish I grew up on this lot of garlic makes it better you will enjoy it very-authentic Italian
Posted by Steve statuti on Nov 04, 2012, 05:52
Thank you SOOOO much for a great recipe! Honestly, I'm a lousy cook, but this was SO easy to follow and turned out better than my husband's. Thank you for the rare opportunity to show him up!
Posted by JoAnne on Dec 04, 2012, 06:05

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