Severed Braciole Arm

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 4 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 45 min
  • Inactive: 1 hr
  • Cook: 2 hr 35 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Ingredients

3/4 cup olive oil

8 cloves garlic, minced

1 large Vidalia onion, minced

2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped

2 teaspoons dried thyme

1 carrot, shredded

Four 28-ounce cans whole San Marzano tomatoes, hand-crushed

Sea salt

Freshly cracked pepper

Braciole Hand:

1/4 cup fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, minced

1 teaspoon steak spice

1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

1/2 teaspoon dried Greek oregano

1 bunch fresh chives, chopped

1 egg

1 clove garlic, minced

Sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 pounds ground beef

Braciole Arm:

1/2 cup Italian-style breadcrumbs

1/2 cup pecorino cheese, grated

1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped

2 tablespoons fresh flat-leaf parsley, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

5 tablespoons olive oil

1 1/2 pounds flank steak

Salt

Freshly ground black pepper

4 slices mozzarella cheese

4 slices provolone cheese

1 cup white wine

4 ounces prosciutto, for covering

Directions

  1. For the marinara sauce: Heat the oil in a pot, and then add the garlic and onions. Cook until the onions are translucent and the garlic is lightly browned around the edges, about 12 minutes. Add the basil, parsley, thyme and carrots and cook for 5 to 8 minutes. Pour in the crushed tomatoes and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer and cook for about 30 more minutes, stirring often. Set aside for later use. For the braciole hand: Mix together the parsley, steak spice, chili flakes, oregano, chives, egg, garlic and some salt and pepper in a bowl. Add the beef and mix together for 30 seconds to season the beef. Don't over-mix. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. For the braciole arm: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together the breadcrumbs, pecorino, cranberries, parsley and garlic in a small bowl. Quickly mix in 2 tablespoons of olive oil and set aside. Lay the flank steak flat and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Lay the mozzarella and provolone slices on the steak. Add breadcrumb mixture and roll up the steak, tying with butcher's twine at each end. Sprinkle the roll with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat and brown the roll on both sides, 10 minutes. Pour in the wine to deglaze the pan and cook until boiling, 3 minutes. Add some of the marinara sauce and cook for another 2 minutes. Remove the braciole with tongs. Cover the arm with half of the prosciutto. For assembly and cooking: Remove the braciole hand mixture from the refrigerator and make a large patty to resemble the palm of a hand. Cover with some of the remaining prosciutto. Roll out 5 fingers with the remaining beef mixture, using your own hand as a guide. Cover each finger with the remaining prosciutto. Attach the hand to the arm. Transfer to a roasting pan and pour the remaining marinara sauce all over. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes, basting with the marinara at the 30 minute mark. Remove the foil and bake uncovered until tender, another 45 minutes, basting again at the 30 minute mark.

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