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Beef Braciole

It’s time to figure out what we’re making for dinner! One of my favorite things to do is look around on Pinterest and see what recipes are out there for me to try, among other things. I’m sure I’m not the only one!

Check out this recipe that might be helpful tonight:

Beef Braciole

Beef Braciole on gray-rimmed platter sliced into to show how beef is rolled.

Beef Braciola is a classic, hearty, homestyle southern Italian dish that’s perfect for a winter night or Sunday dinner.  Thin slices of beef with a savory filling slowly braise in a wine-infused sauce for a dish you’ll fall in love with!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 357
Author: From a Chef’s Kitchen

6 thin slices boneless top round (about 2 pounds)
12 cloves garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped Italian (flat-leaf) parsley, plus more for garnish
1 cup shredded Parmesan or Romano cheese, plus more for serving if desired
2 tablespoons seasoned dry breadcrumbs
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
12 thin slices prosciutto
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cups dry red wine
2 cups beef broth
1 can (28-ounce) crushed tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
2 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour


  • Cut top-round slices in half widthwise so that you have 12 equal pieces. Place beef between two pieces of plastic wrap. Gently pound to 1/4 to 1/8-inch thickness.
  • Mince 4 cloves of garlic; slice the remaining 8 cloves.
  • Combine minced garlic, parsley, cheese, breadcrumbs, salt and black pepper in a small bowl. Place a prosciutto slice over the beef then sprinkle filling evenly over all beef slices.
  • Roll the beef into a cylinder, tucking in the sides to hold in the filling as you roll. Secure with toothpicks.
  • Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat. Place the beef rolls, seam side down in the pot and brown seam side first to seal it. Cook, turning the meat occasionally until each roll is nicely browned on all sides. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add the wine and the sliced garlic. Bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Add beef broth, tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Place beef rolls back in the pot and bring back to a simmer.
  • Cover and cook on low heat, turning occasionally until beef is tender and easily pierced with a fork, about 1 1/2 hours. Alternately, cook covered in a 325-degree oven for 1 1/2-2 hours or in a slow cooker for 3-4 hours on high, 5-6 hours on medium or 7-8 hours on low.
  • To thicken, place pot back on the stove if cooked in the oven. Remove some of the hot cooking liquid to a bowl. Add the flour and stir until smooth to create a slurry. Slowly add it to the hot cooking liquid, bring to a slow simmer and cook until thickened.
  • Season with salt and black pepper to taste. Remove toothpicks and serve over pasta with additional grated cheese if desired.

Calories: 357kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 2197mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g |


Mamma Flora’s Trattoria

At least once a week, my family orders something for lunch or dinner from a local restaurant. Not only does this help a local business, but it helps me because I don’t have to cook!

This week, we ordered from Mamma Flora’s Trattoria located in the shopping center next to the Shoprite at 1750 N Olden Ave in Ewing.

This is not the first time that we have ordered from here, but it’s one of those places that has so many good things on the menu that can easily add up, so we typically only order every once in a while. This time we ordered for lunch to take advantage of the reduced prices. We got the Salmon Champagne (one of this week’s specials), Penne with Vodka Sauce and Grilled Chicken, a Kid’s Spaghetti and Meatballs, and a slice of Pumpkin Cheesecake.

Salmon Champagne $14.00

The salmon filet was about 6-8 ounces and had a very creamy champagne Dijon sauce with mushrooms and green beans. It was perfectly cooked and the sauce was very decadent, I would absolutely order this the next time it’s available. This was enough for two meals.

Penne Vodka with Grilled Chicken $17

This meal is actually listed on their menu as Lunch Pasta with Vodka Sauce, you have to select the type of pasta you want and the meat you want to add in. The meat ranges from $5-$9 extra. This is so flavorful and easily one of my family’s favorite local pasta dishes. This is another dish that will easily last you for two meals.

Kid’s Spaghetti and Meatballs $7.00

This kid’s meal is huge! It’s a basic pasta dish with a very chunky sauce that I feel should be smoother for a child’s meal but my daughter didn’t seem to mind.

Pumpkin Cheesecake $6.00

This may look a little plain, and to be honest I was actually surprised there was not any whipped cream, but it was really delightful. Delicious, creamy and full of pumpkin flavor, a perfect fall dessert.

We absolutely love Mamma Flora’s, and have never experienced any issues with ordering or the quality of their food. A couple of our favorites that we would recommend would be the Hot Wings (we used to bring a tray of their honey BBQ to family events), Fried Mozzarella (not mozzarella sticks, these are squares and amazing), Chicken Marsala, any of their burgers, Salmon Amalfi (Dinner Special), Apple Streusel Cheesecake, and Chocolate Fudge Cake. Hope this helped!