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Bracciole For Fiesta Friday #95

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The other day I was reminiscing about the Thanksgivings of my childhood and was thinking how much work my Mom put into the meal. My Dad was Italian my Mom American and on holidays we had a bit of a culture clash. Dad wanted Italian food and Mom a traditional Thanksgiving meal so in order to please everyone she made both, she roasted a capon, made dressing and the sides and homemade pasta and bracciole. If you have never heard of or had bracciole you should seek it out, it’s delicious, Round or flank steak cut and pounded thin and made into a roulade or rolled with a stuffing, The stuffings vary a bit but my Mom stuffed with bread soaked in milk, grated romano cheese, pine nuts, raisins and hard boiled egg. Roll and tie, sear and cook low and slow in the tomato sauce. It’s amazingly delicious and brings back memories of home and the holidays, My Mom’s always looked perfect and made a gorgeous presentation mine is not as beautiful but tastes almost exactly the same as hers. I lived in Italy years ago, in Napoli and one of my friends made this one day and I loved that she made small individual rolls, I thought it was a wonderful idea but opted to make it like my Mother and do one big roll.

I am bringing my childhood favorite, bracciole to the party this week which is hosted by Angie and the lovely co hostsΒ  Loretta @ Safari of the Mind and Petra @ Food Eat Love.Β 

Bracciole

Serves 6-8

1 1/2-2 lb round or flank steak cut thin and pounded with malet

1 cup bread soaked in milk or water

2 hard boiled eggs

1/3 cup pecorino romano cheese grated

1/4 cup Italian parsley chopped

2 tbs toasted pine nuts

raisins a scattering- optional

salt and pepper to taste

your favorite recipe for tomato sauce or marinara

  1. Bring steak to room temperature, lay on cutting board and pound thin but don’t over pound it so that it tears. Set aside
  2. Squeeze the water out of the bread, hard boil the eggs peel and slice, grate your cheese, toast your pine nuts and chop your parsley.
  3. Lay the steak out on the cutting board season with salt and pepper. have butchers twine ready to tie it up once rolled. Place a layer of the soaked bread on the steak at one end, not all the way to the long ends, leave about an inch on each end. sprinkle with romano cheese, parsley and some pine nuts and optional raisins. Lay the egg slices on top and season with some pepper. Fold each long end to the edge of the stuffing and start rolling making sure the ends are tucked in. Once it’s rolled tie it with butchers twine to keep it together.
  4. Heat some olive oil in a dutch oven on high. Sear the meat on all sides, Remove from the pot and prepare your tomato sauce as you normally would. When sauce is ready to cook Place meat in sauce and simmer for at least 2 1/2 hours so that it’s very tender. To serve remove string or twine and slice in rounds, spoon sauce and grated cheese on top and enjoy.
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  1. I love the stories you add to your recipes, Suzanne. I’m not familiar with bracciole. Ummm! It does sound delicious. You made a beautiful dish from it. Have a fabulous Friday. Hugs!

    November 20, 2015
  2. Wow this is so interesting and sounds delicious! I have never heard of it! what a fun Thanksgiving having two traditions!! lovely post Suzanne!

    November 20, 2015
    • It was fun, and always so much to eat. Thanks Lynn, have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

      November 20, 2015
  3. Thanks for sharing

    November 20, 2015
  4. Thanks for stopping by Timi!!

    November 20, 2015
  5. I’ve not seen this recipe before, but know we will love it. My Italian hubby loves dishes like this.

    November 20, 2015
    • It’s a wonderful dish, Mom used to slow cook in the sauce along with tender chunks of pork. It was amazing. Thanks Julie.

      November 20, 2015
      • That is the only way to make an awesome sauce. That is how I do my bolognese and it really makes a difference.

        November 20, 2015
  6. LOL I have an Italian Mother and Greek Father now who do you think usually won out? On to the recipe I am a fan of Bracciole-nice job Suzanne! Have a wonderful weekend my friend. Cheryl

    November 20, 2015
    • Thanks Cheryl, of course the Italian Mother won out. My family compromised having both every year it was a stalemate.

      November 20, 2015
      • Yes you are spot on!!! Mother still wins out. LOL You had the best of both worlds my friend. Enjoy your weekend! Cheryl

        November 20, 2015
  7. I have never heard of this before, but it sounds absolutely amazing!!!!! Italian Thanksgiving…I can’t imagine a tastier holiday.

    November 20, 2015
    • It was wonderful Sean, both Italian and traditional fare all in one meal. Couldn’t get better, thanks and Happy Thanksgiving.

      November 20, 2015
  8. Lovely recipe! How great of your mother to cook according to both traditions. πŸ™‚

    November 20, 2015
  9. This looks so good. I like that this was kind of a compromise between two food lovers. You get the sense that this is a dish that means something to you here. I do like the idea of tradition with a twist. Have a great one. Xo

    November 20, 2015
    • It does Amanda thank you, bracciole was one of absolute favorites that Mom made and it brings back sweet memories. Thank you so much.

      November 20, 2015
  10. I love bracciole! I don’t know why but I am intimidated at the idea of making them. With a little luck my mom will be well enough to come visit me in December and I’m going to have her teach me to make the ones she made when I was a kid, which were – clearly – delicious. Yours look scrumptiouliscious too!

    November 20, 2015
    • Thanks Serena I do hope your Mom is well enough to visit in December and I also would love to see how your Mom makes bracciole! Happy Thanksgiving.

      November 20, 2015
  11. Welcome to Fiesta Friday Suzanne, thanks so much for bringing such variety to the Fiestas. What a grand idea indulging in both cuisines over the holidays. The sauce and dish looks very satisfying, and wholesome. Enjoy your weekend πŸ™‚

    November 20, 2015
    • Hi Loretta, thanks for co hosting this week. Thank you so much, love the memories evoked when making this dish.

      November 20, 2015
  12. I’ve heard of this, but never knew what it was! It looks wonderful!

    November 20, 2015
  13. Sandhya #

    Suzanne, I did not know about bracciole so this was very good information and a new recipe but your heartwarming story is one I can relate to. I have so many

    November 20, 2015
    • Thank you so much Sandhya, so you can relate to the cross cultural issues that can crop up espeially during the holiday season my Mom’s solution was delicious and a great compromise.

      November 20, 2015
      • Sandhya #

        Absolutely Suzanne! I can relate and admire your mom’s brilliant solution!

        November 21, 2015
  14. Sandhya #

    Suzanne, looks like I accidentally hit send, but what I was trying to say is that these memories we have from our childhood are so precious, aren’t they? My mom was a fabulous cook too and I always think of her when I make some of my childhood favorites.I am so glad that your bracciole tasted like your mom’s! and your presentation looks perfect!

    November 20, 2015
  15. I don’t think I ever heard of or had bracciole. Having said that, it sounds and looks familiar somehow. And, it sounds and looks so delicious! Yum! I also have heard that the Italians in the USA also serve lasagne on Thanksgiving. I will celebrate American, Italian, Iranian, Armenian or with any cuisine style. πŸ˜€

    November 20, 2015
    • It’s delicious Fae, a very nice meat dish. You know I never had lasagna growing up, my Mom nor my relatives never made it, You are right though, I have heard that it is made at Thanksgiving. I love all the variations of cuisine. Thanks so much.

      November 20, 2015
  16. Suzanne, you meat dish looks so delicious! Wish I could have it for dinner tonight. Have a great weekend!

    November 20, 2015
  17. Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine and commented:
    That looks sooo good!

    November 20, 2015
  18. Although I’ve heard of this sort of dish I’ve never had it before. Sounds heavenly. In fact, reading through your post makes me want to buy meat again! Especially now as it’s just above zero. And I never knew you lived in Naples. I’ve only ever been to the north.

    November 20, 2015
    • You don’t eat meat right Johnny? I don’t eat it every day or even that often really but do like it and appreciate it when I do. Yes, I lived in Naples off and on for almost 2 years. Travelled all over Europe but never got to England Thanks so much.

      November 20, 2015
  19. This looks fantastic , I rember having it once in Italy. What a beautiful and heartwarming tribute to your mom. Have a wonderful weekend .

    November 20, 2015
  20. Hi Suzanne, my mother in-law makes this for special occassions, love hearing family stories. Your mother sounds wonderful!

    November 20, 2015
  21. I have to side with your dad on this. You ask me to pick between turkey and those gorgeous braciole … it’s a no brainer to me … and can you blame me?

    November 20, 2015
    • Certainly can’t, we never had the traditional turkey we always had a Capon which is much more tender and is smaller. The bracciole was my favorite!!

      November 20, 2015
      • I bet it was! πŸ˜‰

        November 20, 2015
  22. I’m so happy you shared this recipe, Suzanne. Bracciole is one of Tom’s favorite dishes and I will be making this for him soon! Is the egg traditional? I don’t recall him ever mentioning that. xo

    November 20, 2015
    • Hi Em, the recipes vary my Mom always put egg in hers, when I was in Naples my friend put egg in hers also. Linda (lapadia) only puts proscuitto in hers, I think from family to family and region to region the recipe changes. I love this one, the bread and pine nuts and egg and cheese are just wonderful stuffed into the steak. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family!!

      November 20, 2015
  23. Hearing about this wonderful dish for the first time, it sounds really good! looks delicious, Suzanne!

    November 21, 2015
    • Thanks so much Freda, it was one of my favorites as a child and revisiting this dish is fun and delicious.

      November 21, 2015
  24. Wonderful post and wonderful recipe. Thanks for sharing, Suzanne. πŸ™‚

    November 21, 2015
  25. This looks like a nice option for Thanksgiving dinner. what a nice memory to share. πŸ™‚

    November 21, 2015
  26. Well done!

    November 21, 2015
  27. YUM! Must be interesting to grow up in a multicultural family… I am thinking of all the Italian meals you must have enjoyed πŸ˜‰

    November 21, 2015
    • Yes it was interesting, when I was little we lived in the same city as my Grandfather who spoke no or very little English, made his own wine and was a real character. I remember him vividly. We had wondeful Italian meals and it was nice getting the cross cultural experience.

      November 21, 2015
  28. What a fabulous dish Suzanne, I’m sure it tastes amazing! πŸ™‚ How awesome is your Mum, making a Thanksgiving Dinner to please both the Italian and American sides of the family!

    November 21, 2015
  29. Very nice post Suzanne. Your Bracciole looks so yummy, my mouth is watering. Happy Thanksgiving! πŸ™‚

    November 22, 2015
  30. Yum. Yum
    yum yum

    November 22, 2015
  31. Lovely presentation abd love the flavors in there….

    November 22, 2015
  32. petra08 #

    Hi Suzanne
    I have never heard of bracciole but one look at your photo and I know I want to try this! I make beef rolls sometimes but never with this stuffing, I have to try it! πŸ™‚ Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for bringing this delicious dish to Fiesta Friday! πŸ™‚

    November 22, 2015
    • Thank you Petra I love a roulade whether savory or sweet.

      November 22, 2015
      • petra08 #

        I agree πŸ™‚

        November 22, 2015
  33. I would say the best combination of family Suzanne! My grandma used to make something similar, but I didn’t know the name…we used to call it “the grandma’s roll”… yours looks super good, I wish I could have the chance to dip a piece of bread in that sauce…

    November 22, 2015
  34. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe and the story of your family Thanksgiving, Suzanne! Our ideas about celebrations are similarly at odds at times, but fortunately nobody is messing with my German Christmas πŸ˜‰ In return, I duly eat all the empanadas on Chilean Independence Day, and we’re all happy…

    November 22, 2015
    • I actually love have both cultures represented. Thank you so much and Happy Holidays!!!

      November 22, 2015
  35. MyKabulKitchen #

    This looks like an ultimate comfort food, great for the winter months ahead πŸ™‚

    November 22, 2015
    • It’s a delicious dish, my Mom is a really great cook and this bracciole is fantastic. Thank you so much.

      November 22, 2015
  36. Gosh Suzanne– this looks a whole lot better than turkey (I think your Dad was right!)– and it sounds like your mom is an amazing cook and a kind wife. Fun to hear your story…

    November 23, 2015
    • Thanks Rhonda. it is delicious, love both and growing up it was as important as a turkey for our holiday meal. Happy Thanksgiving.

      November 24, 2015
      • Yep, some things just make it taste like Thanksgiving. For us it’s Grandpa Stu’s cranberry sauce.

        November 24, 2015
      • Love cranberry sauce!!

        November 24, 2015
  37. This is the first time I heard of bracciole and it’s so sweet and warming to read your story behind it! This looks absolutely lovely and delicious!

    November 23, 2015
  38. Delicious! We love bracciole… my husband has tried to recreate his grandmother’s recipe, but hasn’t quite got it exactly as she did it. I’ll be sure to share this with him!

    November 23, 2015
    • Would love to know how your husbands Grandmother made it! I find all the variations so interesting. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!!

      November 23, 2015
      • Will talk to him and let you know. Happy Thanksgiving to you, too… after Thursday we can start comparing Christmas Eve, Feast of the Seven Fishes recipes! 😊

        November 23, 2015
      • Ha, thats right Christmas Eve recipes. Can’t wait. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

        November 24, 2015
  39. Being vegetarian I m not familiar with it but looks like a grt dish

    November 23, 2015
    • Yes it’s definitely not a dish most vegetarians would know and honestly a lot of meat eaters either it’s not too common. Thank you so much!

      November 23, 2015
  40. Anything like a roulade gets my attention! Making mom’s/grandma’s recipe is always the best, isn’t it?

    November 24, 2015
    • Thanks Mary Frances a very Happy and delicious Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

      November 24, 2015
  41. Suzanne, thank you for adding a bit of a personal back story to your blog post! It really makes me feel more connected with the dish, which in itself, looks amazing!! Thanks for the recipe as well. It’s definitely one I’ve never tried but looks fun to re-create! Sending love and peace this holiday season to you!

    November 24, 2015
    • Happy Holidays to you too Pamela hoping you have a joyous and amazing holiday season!! Honestly I can’t believe it’s here where has time gone???

      November 24, 2015
  42. That does look such a tasty dish, and I can see why you like to keep the family tradition going and have both turkey and bracciole over the holidays. I’d want to have both dishes, too! It’s not a recipe I’ver heard of, so it’s ome I’m keeping for future use. Have a really happy time!

    November 25, 2015
  43. I’m so glad you posted this because I’ve always wanted to make it – and now I have a great recipe to use so no excuses! Here’s to hoping you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    November 26, 2015
    • Very happy you might give it a try. Thank you so much and have a fantastic Thanksgiving.

      November 26, 2015
  44. I feel for your mum because that’s what I usually end up doing for holidays etc. One French feast and one English!! Very labour-intensive. I’ve never heard of this before but it definitely sounds worth trying. Your one looks really delectable.

    November 28, 2015
    • It’s delicious but not terribly common. Oh wonderful combination of British and French. I can well imagine how wonderful the meal is.

      November 28, 2015
  45. What a sweet story, Suzanne. And you got to live in Italy??? I am uber jealous.

    November 29, 2015
  46. I had heard the term Bracciole but never really knew what it was. I am glad to find out. It sounds wonderful! I can’t believe your mom made all of that for Thanksgiving. I can’t imagine how much work that was. How sweet of her to do that! Thanks for sharing part of your childhood with us.

    November 30, 2015
  47. Yes my Mom is amazing, she was up at the crack of dawn starting to cook, she didn’t do anything the day before all was done the day of and I honestly don’t know how she did it. Granted it was only our family we never had guests or other relatives but still a lot of work. Thank you Shari.

    November 30, 2015

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