1 pound beef, sliced very thin 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1/4 pound Parmesan cheese, grated 1/4 cup fresh basil (or to taste) 1 1/2 cup canned tomatoes (or use fresh) 3/4 cup tomato paste
Cut the beef into very thin slices, place between 2 pieces of waxed paper and pound thin. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, grated cheese, basil, rolled and secured with toothpicks.
Brown the braciole. It is then put in a pot with canned tomatoes and tomato paste.
Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, turning the rolls occasionally, until the beef is tender when pierced with a knife, about 2 hours. Check from time to time to see if the sauce is becoming too dry; add a little water if needed.
I followed the recipe as written except I spread Currant on the meat before I put the bread crumbs, cheese and basil before rolling them. What did Frank say? "Geez-O-Lou?" I triple that! It was super delicious. Fantastic recipe. I will definitely make this again and again!!!
LAGAL July 29, 2014 REVIEW:
Yes, Braciole was loved by all! For a more intense Mediterranean flavor, use seasoned Italian bread crumbs, with a small amount of minced fresh onion. Serve with salad, pasta in a garlic-butter sauce, Italian bread, and red wine. Sorry, Raymond, there won't be any leftovers for your Mama to send home with you.
Anonymous June 26, 2014 REVIEW:
If you remember the episodet revealed that the wife's Braciole was better than the Mother-in-Law's. This recipe must be the one the wife followed, because it's absolutely scrumptious. Take care to pound the beef, so it rolls smoothly and covers the filling.
Guest Foodie October 9, 2013 COMMENT: What cut of beef do you use for this?
RMATHES July 1, 2013 REVIEW:
This is a good braciole recipe. I wouldn't ruin it with the currants that kittycatlane suggests even if it is in the show!
pinky April 26, 2012 COMMENT: Didn't "Everybody Loves Raymond's" Braciole have currents in it ?
lauralei April 25, 2011 REVIEW:
In the episode, which I just got finished watching-we have the dvd's, Raymond isn't referring to the meat when he says,"every color of the rainbow."...He's referring to the remark Robert made after he tasted Debra's braciole, saying, "So Debra can now cook...the missing color in the Raymond rainbow." Even Ray's family thought it was excellent, even though his Mom wouldn't say so because Debra didn't typically make meals that were appetizing to the others..
gpc2000 February 27, 2011 REVIEW:
combine the juice from the tomatos and 1/2 chopped raisins or currants in a food processor blend till smooth. That's the original, however I soak my currants in red wine for about two to three hours and then process. I generally add the wine to extend the sauce while simmering. Also toast a cup of bread crumbs and combine with half a cup of parm cheese sprinkle over the top when serving.
MaryMary October 11, 2010 COMMENT: Yeah, 12 cups of bread crumbs is wrong. I checked out another braciole recipe that only used 1/2 bread crumbs and it served the same number of people (6)
CDKitchen Staff Reply: recipe has been updated
DS September 5, 2009 COMMENT: On the show Raymond doesn't say every color of the rainbow, Robert comments "so now Debra can cook, the missing color in the Raymond rainbow!" meaning that Raymond now has everything! Raymond now has every color of the rainbow in his life.
Guest Foodie May 31, 2008 COMMENT: 12 cups of bread crumbs??? Must be a typo
Guest Foodie November 24, 2007 COMMENT: yes, and if you watch that episode of Everybody Loves Raymond, you will hear Raymond muttering about the meat: " Every color of the rainbowwwww..",referring to the rainbow effect seen on the surface of improperly sliced meat,lol.
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kittycatlane December 5, 2006 COMMENT: If you watch the show, when Debra makes this, her Father-in-law Frank says it has a, sweetness to it. She says that most people use raisins but that she used currents. There are no raisins or currents in this recipe.