Braciole with Marinara is a classic, hearty Italian dish that is braised low and slow for an unforgettable Sunday dinner recipe. Flank steak is stuffed with a seasoned breadcrumb mixture, then seared in a cast iron skillet, and then slowly cooked in marinara.
Beef Braciole for Sunday Dinner
One of my husband's favorite dishes for Sunday dinner is my Braciole recipe. It's a long time family favorite and he still remembers Grandma pounding out flank steak early on Sunday morning. Beef braciole is a classic, hearty Italian dish that cooks low and slow. It requires some prep and it cooks for a while, but the end result is absolutely worth it. This makes it one of the best Sunday dinner ideas.
What is the Best Cut of Meat for Braciole?
Traditionally braciole is made using flank steak. This is the cut of meat that I prefer to use as well because it's great for braising and slow cooking. Top round that has been sliced thinly is another alternative that can be used when making braciole. Typically, those are smaller pieces and I prefer to have the larger piece that can be sliced. Flank steak comes in approximately 1 ½ pound pieces, which served about 4 people. This recipe uses two pieces or approximately 3 pounds of flank steak and serves about 8 people. Get yourself a good meat tenderizer if you can. It helps to start to tenderize the beef and also helps make the meat an even thickness for easier rolling later.
How to Make Beef Braciole
This braciole recipe is one of the best Sunday dinner recipes, but it also is great for Christmas dinner or any special occasion. Here is an overview of how to make the best braciole!
- Using a meat tenderizer or rolling pin, pound meat to desired thickness making sure it is as even as possible.
- Make your filling by combining your breadcrumbs, garlic, cheese, and seasoning with olive oil. Spread filling evenly onto one side of each piece of meat, slightly pressing it into the meat as you go.
- Roll the meat up tightly so the breadcrumbs are inside, like a jelly roll.
- Next, secure the roll with cooking twine to make sure it doesn't unroll during cooking. You can use toothpicks, but I have found the twine works best with a large cut of meat.
- Sear the braciole on the stovetop in a cast iron skillet or dutch oven. Then, pour the marinara all over the seared pieces of beef and cover the pan.
- Cook in the oven for 30 minutes, then remove the cover and spoon some of the sauce over the braciole. Replace the cover and let cook for an additional 30 minutes. Remove the cover, spoon more of the sauce onto the beef and then look for a final 30 minutes, uncovered.
- Lastly, make sure you let it rest for about 10 minutes before removing the butcher's twine and slicing for serving.
More Sunday Dinner Ideas...
Doesn't it look so delicious? It truly melts in your mouth, you must try it! For even more Sunday dinner ideas, try these favorites below:
- Italian Wedding Soup
- The Perfect Classic Italian Lasagna
- Simple Sunday Pot Roast Dinner
- No Fry Eggplant Parmesan
- Italian Style Meatloaf with Marinara
- Creamy Mushroom Risotto
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