Who doesn't love a meatball? Well, perhaps some people don't enjoy meatballs, but can you really resist one that's stuffed and giant-sized? My dad used to make a recipe when I was little called "Poor Man's Braciole". It is the same idea as a traditional braciole -- meat stuffed with wonderful savory flavors -- only, it doesn't cost much because it is not made with flank steak. This recipe is made with ground beef.
When I don't feel up to making 12-15 meatballs to put in the sauce to simmer, I'll make a Poor Man's Braciole instead. It's quick and easy, and oh, so tasty.
Kathy's Pan Sauce Recipe -- Tweaked
28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
1 cp of water
1/2 cup dry red wine
2 cloves garlic crushed
1/2 small onion chopped
2 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 tbs dried basil
1 tbs dried parsley
1 tbs dried oregano
1 tsp honey or sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
In medium sauce pan, put olive oil, add onion and chopped garlic and saute over med./low heatfor 2-3 min until onion is transluscent -- do not allow garlic to brown; add canned crushed tomatoes, water, wine, dried herbs, salt & pepper; let boil for 5 min., stirring often; add honey or sugar and allow to simmer for 1 hr. or so.
Poor Man's Braciole
1 lb of ground beef -- I get 80% lean
6-8 slices of very thin hard salami
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
2-3 slices of thin cappicola ham (it's spicy)
salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
2 tbs olive oil
On a large piece parchment paper, shape ground beef into a rectangle about a 1/2" thick; sprinkle the beef with salt, pepper and garlic powder; layer the ham, salami, mozzarella cheese and the slice egg on top of the beef; roll the beef up like a log, using the parchment paper to help you to roll; enclose all of the filling -- make sure to seal the ends and the long edge when you are done rolling.
In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil; place the braciole log in and braise on all sides for about 3-4 min. per side -- approx 10 - 12 min.; when the meat has a nice brown color on it, take it out of the pan and place it in the tomato sauce to cook for about an hour or so.
When you are ready to eat, boil up your favorite pasta, slice the braciole and enjoy!
5 out of 6 kids will eat this meal.
There is only one person in our home that doesn't enjoy this dish. Too bad for them! More for the rest of us!!
I am grateful to my dad for passing along such wonderful and affordable recipes to me. He was a fabulous cook who could make even a hot dog (which I despised as a child) look edible. I will be making this recipe for a long time, and passing it along to my children for their families to enjoy one day! I hope you enjoy making it as much as we do!
Remember: Blessed are you who are now hungry, for you will be satisfied. (Lk 6:21)