Thursday, August 26, 2010

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Braciole


I was watching a re-run of "Everybody Loves Raymond", a show I used to watch all the time so I have seen probably every episode in the series. Anyways, it was the episode where Debra makes Beef Braciole and Frank, Robert and Raymond love it!(as Debra is normally a horrible cook) Marie catches Frank sneak over to Ray's to eat it and has to try it to see what the fuss was about, "it certainly couldn't be better than mine" she says! Then she tastes it, mutters something and throws the fork down on the stove and walks out! LOL

I was looking around on the internet and found a few recipes I liked. I took a couple and modified them, and here's what I came up with.

Beef Braciole:

Ingredients:

4 slices sandwich steak, beef very thinly sliced (usually top sirloin or sirloin tip)
Coarse salt and black pepper
4 slices hot capicollo
1 - 1 1/4 cups plain bread crumbs, eyeball it
1/2 cup milk, eyeball it
1 small onion finely chopped
1/2 cup grated parmesan or romano cheese
1/2 cup curly parsley, chopped
1/2 cup chopped basil
2 cloves garlic minced
Plain round toothpicks

Sauce:

2 tablespoons evoo (extra virgin olive oil)
2 tablespoons butter
2 stalks celery finely chopped
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
¼ cup finely chopped green pepper
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup beef broth
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 rounded tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup tomato sauce
1/4 - 1/2 cup brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste

Season meat with salt and pepper. Top each slice of meat with a slice of capicollo. In medium bowl, moisten bread crumbs with milk, add grated cheese, onion parsley, basil, salt and pepper to the crumbs and combine well. Spread a thin layer of stuffing down the center of each beef slice and roll tightly. Fasten rolled meat with plain toothpicks.

Heat a large skillet over medium high heat. Add oil to a hot pan along with garlic. Set meat into pan and brown on all sides. About 6 minutes. Remove the meat from the pan and place side by side in slow cooker.

Add butter to the pan. Add celery, carrots and green pepper to the melted butter. Sautee about 5 minutes. Add flour to the pan and cook 2 minutes. Whisk broth and worcestershire sauce into the flour and vegetables and scrape up pan drippings. Reduce broth one minute and then whisk in tomato sauce, brown sugar, soy and tomato and paste. Simmer for 2 minutes more.

Pour sauce over meat in slow cooker and cook for 4 hours on warmest setting possible. Do not lift lid.

Serve hot over egg noodles or rice.

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