Chef John's Beef Braciole

Chef John's Beef Braciole

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Chef John 15192

"This is stuffed, rolled beef that's cooked in a little bit of tomato sauce. It's kind of fun to say bru-ZHOLE. Usually recipes are either rustic or kind of fancy. This recipe is both!"

Ingredients 55 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 405 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 405 kcal
  • 20%
  • Fat:
  • 23.7 g
  • 36%
  • Carbs:
  • 22.1g
  • 7%
  • Protein:
  • 26.5 g
  • 53%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 118 mg
  • 39%
  • Sodium:
  • 757 mg
  • 30%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place steaks between 2 pieces of heavy plastic; pound meat about 1/4-inch thick using a meat pounder. If a piece of meat breaks off, use it to patch a thinner area.
  2. Place bread crumbs into a mixing bowl and stir in garlic, 2 tablespoons olive oil, raisins, Parmesan cheese, salt, black pepper, oregano, and egg until thoroughly combined.
  3. Season steak with salt and pepper; place half the bread crumb stuffing onto the bottom 2/3 of a steak, leaving the top third of the steak without stuffing. Lightly press the stuffing onto the meat and roll the steak up into a tight roll, starting from the stuffed end. Tie 3 to 4 pieces of kitchen string around the roll to hold it together. Trim ends of string. Repeat with remaining steak and stuffing.
  4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Pan-fry the steak rolls in the hot oil until well browned on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Pour in water and dissolve pan juices and browned bits of food in the water.
  5. Season steak rolls with salt and pepper; add red pepper flakes and bay leaf to the water. Spread tomato sauce onto rolls. Pan liquid should cover the rolls about halfway up.
  6. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer, covered, for 10 minutes; turn rolls over and cook covered about 10 more minutes. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of the stuffing should read at least 145 degrees F (65 degrees C). Remove from pan, transfer to a platter, and let them rest for 10 minutes.
  7. Raise heat to medium, bring sauce to a boil, and cook, stirring often, until sauce has reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Slice the rolls crosswise. Serve arranged on a little sauce and drizzle more sauce on top.
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Footnotes

  • Cook's Note:
  • Use any fresh herbs (parsley, basil, oregano, etc.) in this recipe.
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Sue
12/7/2013

Chef John, you have done it again! Created a mouth-watering recipe that my family loves!! For some reason, I always thought Braciole was a challenging, time-consuming dish to make but this is so easy and so incredibly delicious! (I love recipes that taste and look complex, but really aren't! This one fits the bill perfectly!!) I rarely tweak a Chef John recipe, but I did substitute basil for the oregano (simply personal preference, but I did add a dash of oregano as well) and I admit, I was tempted to leave out that pinch of red pepper flakes. I am so glad I didn't! It was just a tiny hint of "heat" that complemented this dish perfectly! Thanks for another fabulous recipe that my family has asked be put into the "regular rotation"! :-) And be sure to watch the accompanying video. Chef John gives some great hints and tips and talks about using other cuts of beef and how to cook them a bit differently for tenderness.

Hot Chilli
8/23/2014

This was OK. It just didn't have the flavour punch I was looking for. The raisins were the best part as they added a little touch of sweetness.