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Braciole in Tomato Sauce and Roasted Veggies

Loreto January 25, 2017

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Braciole in Tomato Sauce and Roasted Veggies, a recipe brought back from the region of Tuscany, Italy, on “La Cucina Povera” The Poor Kitchen. A cuisine utilizing budget wise ingredients to create substantial hearty food.

Braciole in tomato sauce and roasted veggies

[This post is sponsored by the  Italian Centre Shop. We were financially compensated, but the opinions are completely our own].

Braciole in Tomato Sauce and Roasted Veggies, beautiful beef cutlets breaded twice, then fried, and finally into an oven with a thick rich tomato sauce. Intense in flavors and served with an array of roasted vegetables, absolutely soul food that is budget wise and substantial enough for a hungry family.

 

 

Braciole has something that I cannot say no too. You just have to say cutlets and I am in. I remember when I was in Elementary school and my mom would tell me that we were having cotolette (cutlets), that was all I could think of for the rest of the day. When that bell went off signifying that school was done, I was literally running home and the trek was at least a good mile. While running, I dreamed of sinking my teeth into that thin pounded crispy bread coated beef fillet. The golden color, the tenderness of the meat. My breath and beating of my heart, the rhythm taking me home, pushing through the door, sweat dripping down my cheek, chest heaving, but soon to be relieved by the aroma of cutlets in a pan sizzling.  I would ask my mom several times if it was ready yet, up until she gave me the look. I don’t know about you, but Italian moms have these specific looks and you know not to push the boundaries or wooden spoons were going to fly. Finally, supper was ready and I was the happiest kid in the world, my only dilemma, an older brother who also loved the cutlets, and the battle of forks to flesh began, lol. These are great memories and ones that are ignited by this Braciole recipe. When asked by The Italian Centre Shop to do a recipe featuring their products, this was definitely on the list.

Braciole in Tomato Sauce and Roasted Veggies, back to the present. 

One of the things I love are our trips to Italy. I love the moist warm air, the fact that history exists and is verified by the many historic sights still standing today that date back to stories I read as a child, and the regional food! Truly an amazing experience. Our trip last year was planned around a cooking course in Tuscany. Giulia, from Juls’ Kitchen, a blogger out of Tuscany offers cooking classes in the comfort of her kitchen studio located at the back of the house. The setting beautiful, stone houses, rolling and rambling countryside, with abundant farm fields and olive trees, and a bright warm sun, what could be better than this you ask? Well, learning “La Cucina Povera” (The Poor Kitchen), from a true Tuscan native, right in the region it came from. It was an extraordinary day making dishes that were delicious, substantial, easy to make, and using ingredients that are easy on the pocketbook. One particular dish was this Braciole in Tomato sauce. Made from using cheap cuts of meat filleted nicely and breaded twice using stale bread and then cooked in a rich tomato sauce. I loved this dish and when I heard we were making it, my heart began to pound just like I was a kid again.

Today, from our Canadian kitchen, I give you our experience and recipe for Braciole in Tomato Sauce and Roasted Veggies.

Braciole in tomato sauce and roasted veggies

The great thing about having a place like The Italian Center Shop is the wonderful products and ingredients we can find. Messinger Meats products are sold there and I have to tell you it is a great product. Piedmontese beef comes from an Italian breed of cow (a few were shipped over to North America in the ’70’s and there is currently about 15,000 head in North America). Messinger sources the Piedmontese solely from Peony Farms, a Lacombe farm. So now we can experience a bit of Italy right here in the prairies. Lately, I have been buying some ground beef for my parents and they love it. You have to understand that my parents usually buy where the great deals are, but due to illness are looking for better organic ingredients. Nicoletta and I have been telling them for years that these products taste better and are better for you, finally they are tasting it and my mom asks for these things every week. For this recipe, I used a flank steak which is not the most tender cut and usually requires a lot of cooking time. By filleting it and pounding the fillets with a meat clever and then marinating them in olive oil, spices, and garlic, breaks down the protein, making these succulent, moist and extra tender. Encased in that double egg, double breaded coating then fried, ensuring a crispy golden coating housing that wonderful fillet inside. Luxury comes in on a poor person’s budget with the addition of that rich tomato sauce. The flavor brilliant, and somewhat acidic with hints of sweetness from the lovely Mutti Passata.

Braciole in tomato sauce and roasted veggies

We decided to serve it with some roasted veggies. In Italy this is something you will see quite often on the table after the pasta round, and mostly it is one of Nicoletta’s favorite and her go-to veggie side dish. A blend of colored peppers, onions, potatoes, zucchini, mushrooms, etc, with some good extra virgin olive oil, seasoning, and herbs, thrown in a hot hot oven to get all caramelized and crispy edged.

Braciole in tomato sauce and roasted veggies

This has hearty and delicious written all over it. It is just about time to get things to the table. The aromas are intoxicating, from the rich slow stewed tomato sauce with its sweet acidic nature, the braciole and that bread coating hearty, meaty, exuberant. There is something about slow cooked food, it is intense in aroma and taste. The vegetables: sweet, peppery, crispy roasted goodness. I love this meal, just what I need to remember good times and also to warm the coolness of winter our kitchen.

Braciole in tomato sauce and roasted veggies

So if you are looking for a meal for your hungry family, and budget is of utmost importance, this Braciole in Tomato Sauce and Roasted Veggies will offer all those things and will have a bonus of wholesome goodness full of soul, body, and love.

Thanks to The Italian Center Shop for allowing us to express our passion and creativity,  and to Jul’s Kitchen for the tremendous experience and inspiration!

Buon Appetito!

Song of the day: “Hungry Heart” by Bruce Springsteen.

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Braciole in tomato sauce and roasted veggies

Braciole in Tomato Sauce and Roasted Veggies

  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

Meat:

  • 16 ounce piece of Messinger Farms flank steak filleted
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 table spoon Colavita olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped roughly
  • salt and pepper

Sauce:

  • 2 cups of Mutti Passata
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 leaves of fresh basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Breading:

  • 2 cups of Pastene Italian style bread crumbs
  • 1 cup home made bread crumbs (using stale Italian bread)
  • 4 organic free range eggs
  • Sea salt, cracked black pepper
  • Pinch of onion powder

Frying:

  • 1 1/22 cups Colavita olive oil

Roasted veggies:

  • 1/2 white onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic whole and pressed
  • 1 red pepper chopped roughly
  • 1 yellow pepper chopped roughly
  • 1 large zucchini diced
  • 1 cup chopped brown cremini mushrooms chopped
  • 2 tbsp. Colavita olive oil
  • Cracked Sea Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp mixed dried oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary.

Instructions

Marination:

  1. Take flank steak fillets and pound each side with a meat tenderizer.
  2. Place into a large Tupperware and add in olive oil, garlic, rosemary, oregano, some salt and pepper.
  3. Toss the steaks ensuring all the fillets get coated with the herbs and oil.
  4. Put in fridge for an hour.

Tomato sauce:

  1. In a saute pan drizzle in olive oil, garlic, and begin to heat.
  2. When garlic starts to sizzle, pour in tomato passata (puree).
  3. Toss in basil and dried oregano. Season with sea salt and black pepper.
  4. Turn heat to a low simmer and cook till sauce gets thick about 20 minutes.

Roasted veggies:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large bowl toss in onions, whole garlic, zucchini, red pepper, yellow pepper, mushrooms.
  3. Drizzle olive oil through out. Sprinkle in herbs.
  4. Toss well and place in a large parchment lined oven safe dish and put in oven for 45-50 minutes or until desired texture is achieved.

Breading:

  1. While sauce is cooking start breading the beef fillets.
  2. Place bread crumbs into a shallow large bowl.
  3. In another shallow bowl crack in eggs and blend in salt, pepper, onion powder.
  4. Take fillets out of fridge. Dip fillets in egg mixture making sure it is well coated with the eggs, then
  5. in bread crumb bowl and bread both sides.
  6. Dip breaded fillet into the egg mixture again.
  7. Then back into the bread crumbs coating them well making sure all surface is breaded.
  8. Place fillet on a parchment lined plate.

Frying:

  1. Pour olive oil into a large frying pan. When oil is hot place fillets in and fry turning till both sides golden brown.
  2. Take fillets and place on a plate with paper towel to capture any excess oil.
  3. When all fillets are done place into the pan with the tomato sauce and coat well.
  4. Place pan in oven for about 10 minutes.

Serving:

  1. Take roasted veggies and braciole out of oven.
  2. Place a couple of pieces of braciole on plate and serve with a portion of roasted veggies. Also good with some nice rustic bread on the table.
  3. Enjoy!

Notes

Marinating time for the fillets is about 1 hour in the fridge.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 servings
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Braciole in tomato sauce and roasted veggies

[This post is sponsored by the  Italian Centre Shop. We were financially compensated, but the opinions are completely our own].

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14 Comments

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    Reply Dawn - Girl Heart Food January 25, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    There is nothing like food to bring back memories, is there? And this is especially true of ones from childhood. This is definitely comfort food to the max! Hearing you talk about the dish and how excited you were to run home after school so you could enjoy this makes me wish that I had this in front of me right now (perhaps with a glass of wine 🙂 ). Love that you paired it with roasted veg. Pinning! Hope you have a fabulous upcoming weekend, you guys!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 26, 2017 at 9:49 am

      Thank you Dawn for appreciating my memory, and making me feel as though I brought it to life. You are so right on a nice robust red wine like a Barbera, or Shiraz, or even a Merlot. Hope you try this, would love to hear your feed back. You also have a tremendously fabulous week end.
      Cheers!
      Loreto

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    Reply Karen (Back Road Journal) January 26, 2017 at 11:48 am

    I love the story behind your meal and your dish looks delicious. Braciole, a dish that we tend to serve as a Sunday meal is a thin piece of meat that is stuffed, rolled, tied, browned and then simmered in the sauce. It is nice to learn of this version.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 26, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Karen, thank you for your wonderful comment. Yes I know that braciole also. My aunt in Boston does it that way. In Rome the have braciole that is like our pork chop. In Tuscany it is like the recipe we made. Near Naples they do it like you say stuffed, rolled browned and roasted in an oven with sauce. I love them all and this is what I love about Italy, every region has their take on things and each uniquely delicious.
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      Cheers
      Loreto

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    Reply Dana January 27, 2017 at 9:11 am

    This looks so good! So okay, I don’t eat beef anymore, but I *do* know a good braciole when I see one. My father-in-law taught me how to make it when my husband and I were dating, and it’s such a lovely dish. Easy to put together, yet elegant and chic when it comes to serving. Again, why I love Italian food so much. Amazing as always, Loreto!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm

      Hi Dana Thank you for taking the time to comment. This is what I like about food, the memories it stimulates, the passion in the stories, all feel good things. We also don’t eat a lot of meat but once in a while especially this braciole, with all it’s aromas floating in the kitchen has my appetite just growling for dinner. A true classic that is luxuriously cheap!
      Have a great week end.
      Cheers!
      Loreto

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    Reply Marisa January 27, 2017 at 10:36 am

    This reminds me that I have not had braciole in a very long time and am so craving some right now! The kind I grew up with was the stuffed, rolled, and tied with a string version. How lovely to see your version of this ever popular Sunday meal. Looks outstanding, love it ❤

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 27, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Hi Marisa, I have had that one too. My family is from a region where they do braciole stuffed and rolled then baked in a wonderful sauce. God I want that right now too.So flavorful, totally soul and comfort food, and the smells coming from the kitchen would have us levitating to the table, lol. Thank you so much for the wonderful comment.
      Happy Memories!
      Loreto

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    Reply Natalie Browne January 27, 2017 at 10:37 am

    This looks so good! I love the story behind the dish and am seriously jealous of your cooking trip to Tuscany. That’s my dream vacation.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 27, 2017 at 11:40 am

      One day Natalie, and you will find your self in the heart of Tuscany, absorbing every little bit of scenery, life, cooking and most of all tasting all that good FOOD! You gotta try this recipe, it has so many levels of flavor and texture that will make your heart just sing!.
      Happy Cooking and here’s to making dreams come true!
      Cheers!
      Loreto

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    Reply Kellie MacMillan January 27, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Loreto, I wish my childhood was like yours. I don’t ever remember being so excited about food that I’d run home. I do however know exactly what you mean by ‘the look’ Italian mothers give. I don’t have an Italian heritage but I do have an amazing friend who is Italian and I have seen ‘THAT’ look.
    I like Dana, don’t eat anymore but love the sauce, the roasted vegetable and this story so much. You and Nicoletta have such an amazing life and I love reading about your adventures.
    Kellie from Princess & The Yard Ape

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 29, 2017 at 7:24 pm

      Thank you Kellie, you have to understand in Italian families there is food which is always a time of joy and sharing and there is the yelling and passionate conversations about everyday life, all happen at the table usually, at least in our family. I was not too excited about those so chose food as an outlet, as I prefer joy to confrontation. Thank god jogging was part of my life or I would have been quite large. Roasted vegetables are always a favorite go to for Nicoletta and I and She makes an amazing compilation. Thanks for taking the time to read our posts and getting to know us both.
      Wishing you a great week!
      Cheers
      Loreto

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    Reply Jared @ TheHesitantChef.com January 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I want to eat that. The first cuisine I fell in love with was Italian. I can imagine how this dish tastes, and it’s good. Really good. It’s wonderful that you have a rich heritage to draw upon while creating dishes this. It shows.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto January 30, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you Jared, it is true when you have those memories and delicious passionate heritage, the recipes have no choice but to taste real good. The braciole is so luxurious cooked in that rich tomato sauce, and the aromas alluring!
      Thanks for commenting we really do appreciate it.
      Happy Cooking!
      Loreto

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