Kinda my Mom’s Braciole – (Involtini)

Kinda my Mom’s Braciole

I call this “kinda” my Mom’s Braciole because my mother always made Braciole “kinda” like her mother…same basic principle with our own twists and preferences.
My Grandmother made Braciole the old traditional way with a whole hard boiled egg inside the rolled meat …my Dad was not into having a lot of egg in his Braciole..so Mom chopped up the egg and mixed it into the stuffing.  I took that a step further and ground the egg to oblivion in the food processor.
I also added a lot more cheese and a lot less breadcrumbs….anyway…so this is I guess…my ‘Family’ Braciole recipe.  I also make mine in the crock pot for the simple fact that its easier and its nice to come home to a delicious dinner after work.

The dish usually consists of thin slices of beef, pork, or chicken rolled with a filling of grated cheese, egg , and bread crumbs. What we call braciole in the US is usually called involtini in Italy.  Involtini means “little bundles”. These ‘bundles’ are usually served in sauce as a second course.

 

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Directions:

Add enough of your favorite family  Tomato Sauce recipe to your crock pot to cover the bundles. Turn crock pot to high for 4 hours or low for 8.

Braciole:

8 top round cutlets  (very thin beef cutlets)
1 1/2 cup grated sharp provolone
1 1/2 cup grated pecorino romano
1 cup Italian style bread crumbs
1 tea Italian seasonings
2 hard boiled eggs grated
4-6 tbl olive oil
salt and pepper
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3 tbl of oil for searing

Season cutlets with salt and pepper.  In a large bowl combine all other ingredients , adding enough oil to  make the stuffing stick together if you squeeze it.  Tightly press the stuffing onto the meat and roll (tightly) from the narrow end.

 

roll braciole Secure with twine or a toothpick.  repeat for all the cutlets.  Sear the rolls in a hot pan on all side and then submerge into your sauce.  Cover and cook on high 4 hours or low for 8 hours.  gently(they will practically fall apart they are so tender) lift from the sauce…any stuffing that leaked out during the cooking with only make your sauce that much more delicious.   Enjoy with your favorite pasta topped with the extra sauce in the crock pot.

Braciole or Involtini. These 'bundles' are usually served in sauce as a second course. Click To Tweet

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