I was recently sent duck products by Maple Leaf farms. One of the products that I was looking forward to trying was duck bacon. I haven’t made Braciole in forever. My dad use to make it all the time growing up but he use to make little ones. I figured this would be a perfect dish to incorporate the duck bacon. The smokiness of the bacon worked so well with the Braciole. If you get a chance to purchase duck bacon please give it a try. If you don’t eat duck you can always use regular bacon or turkey bacon. To find out more information on Maple leaf Farms visit them here http://www.mapleleaffarms.com/consumer Enjoy!
1 cup Italian-style Panko crumbs
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium Onion, diced
1 cup grated Pecorino Romano
1 cup of chopped fresh Italian parsley leaves
4 Slices of Duck Bacon, or another bacon
7 tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 (1 1/2-pound) flank steak
1/2 cup of low sodium Beef stock
1 28oz of San Marzano Tomatoes
1 28oz of fire Roasted Tomatoes
1 Tablespoon of dried oregano
1 Tablespoon of dried basil
1/2 Teaspoon of Red crushed pepper flakes, optional
Kitchen Twine, for tying meat together
In a Braiser pan on medium to high heat add olive oil. Then add onions. Sauté until onions start to look translucent. Afterwards add garlic and cook for another minute. Place onions and garlic in a medium bowl and let cool for a couple of minutes.
Now to start making your stuffing. Add panko, 1/2 of the parsley, cheese and 4 Tablespoons of Olive oil to the onions and garlic. Toss everything together. Place to the side.
Take Flank steak and make a deep horizontal slice; opening like a book. Gently flatten the steak into a 1/2 inch thick. Be careful not to tear.
Season meat on both sides with salt and pepper. Take bacon and lay it on top of meat. Add stuffing on top of the bacon. Begin to roll like a jelly roll log. Now tie the meat in 5 to 6 places. This will help keep the shape and filling inside.
In same braiser that was used for onions add the rest of the olive oil on medium to high heat. Then add the meat. You want to get a nice sear on the meat all around. Add beef stock and add crushed tomatoes, basil and oregano. Close and let cook for 1 hour. Check after a half hour and roll it on to the other side.
After an hour slice and place it back in sauce. Serve with pasta or salad.