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Italian Bracioli (Bruscialoni)
Italian Bracioli and Singing Christmas Carols
In today's Squidoo, you will get the best recipe for Bracioli, or as I was familiar with the name growing up, Bruscialoni. The recipe for Bruscialoni takes a long time to prep and then to bake. The end results will put a smile on anyone's face when you watch your friends and family dig in to this Italian family favorite.
When you prepare this recipe, why not sing some Christmas Carols? That will not only make the time go by quicker, but will add some fun to the entire process. You can even get your family to help as I helped my Grandfather and Grandfather when I was a kid. Make it a tradition.
Also, below is my Christmas Story, "The Story Of Christmas Carole Holly". It's all about how the tradition of Christmas Carols came to be. Play the song I wrote, "Christmas is the Gift of Love" while you read it. Enjoy.
Bracioli (Bruscialoni) and Sauce
This is it. The big one. My favorite recipe of all time. It's easy, but takes an afternoon to prepare and cook. Here it is...my recipe for...bruscialoni!!! You may copy and paste or visit when needed.
My Secret Family Recipe BRUSCIALONI (broo-sha-low-nee) serves 8 You will need 1 good sized round steak. Put it between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound out with an object that has a smooth bottom. Drizzle on both sides a little olive oil and a little salt and pepper. Let's start the sauce first. I gave this to you before, but, here it is again.
PELATI POMODORO MARINARA SALSA (SUGU)
Italian Pear Tomato Meatless Sauce (you can use regular tomatoes also) In a 2-3 quart pot, heat 1/8 cup of olive oil on high then put in the following ingredients and reduce heat to medium.
1 green pepper diced fine
1 medium white or yellow onion diced fine
2 carrots diced fine
1 green pepper diced fine
3 cloves of crush garlic
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
Sauté until a little translucent ( about 15-20 minutes). Then add, crushed from your hands in a bowl first, 2-12 ounce cans of peeled italian pear tomatos (regular tomatos will do)reserving juice, straining it to catch any seeds and stir in 1 can of 6-8 ozs. of tomato paste. Add 1-12oz. puree. Hey, look out, we have it going!
1/8 cup basil
1 tbsp. oregano (some people don't use this in their sauce)
2 tsp. thyme
a small pinch of sage
1 tsp. nutmeg (secret)
3 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. salt
2 tbsp. pepper
Add strained tomato juice to thin this out, a little, not too much. Bring the heat up to high, until semi-boiling. Then reduce, cover and simmer for about an hour. Then add 1/2 cup of red wine(optional), and simmer for another 15 minutes. While this is simmering on the stove, let's start step number 2. In a bowl mix together well with your hands:
1 cup of bread crumbs
1/8 cup of grated Parmagiano cheese
1/8 cup of grated Romano cheese
3 slices each of chopped fine salami, ham, and mortadella
1 small onion, grated
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 tbs. fresh chopped parsley
4 tbs. olive oil
1/2 tsp. salt and ground pepper each
1/4 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. celery salt
1/8 tsp. sage
1/8 tsp. oregano
1/8 tsp. thyme
Lay out the round steak on your clean counter and place the mixed ingredients from the bowl onto the steak and pat it down. At this point, you add 2 slices of mozzarella cheese and a couple leaves of spinach. Then, 2 or 3 hard boiled eggs (depending the size. I always put 3!). Now, roll it up. This where it gets tricky and a bit cumbersome. Be patient though.You must tie together with a 3 to 4 foot long string and I'll do my best to describe how this is done.
Lay the 3 to 4 foot long string down on the counter and lift the rolled round steak on top of it to where the string runs from top to bottom. Not from side to side. Then pull one end of the string up to about 2 inches from that end. Holding the string with your fingers on top, wrap the string underneath. Pull it around the part of the string you are holding and repeat the process until you are all the way down to the other end. Then loop and tie off at that end. Cut off the remaining string.
In a large deep skillet, heat 4 tbs. of olive oil and 2 cloves of garlic. Place the bruscialoni in the skillet and brown on all sides. Don't worry if bits and pieces fall out. Remove for a minute and deglaze with 1/8 cup each of red wine and water and reduce (you can omit the wine). Put the bruscialoni back in the large skillet, or sauce pot. Pour your sauce over the entire bruscialoni.
Put in a preheated 300 degree oven and bake for 2, to 2 1/2 hours. Prepare mostaccioli per the directions on the package. Cook al dente (to the tooth). Pull the skillet, or sauce pot out of the oven, remove the bruscialoni and set aside for 5 - 6 minutes. Place a cup or so of the sauce the bruscialoni cooked in, into the drained mostaccioli and cook the sauce into it for 3 minutes.
On the platter you placed the bruscialoni, snip the string carefully. Now slice it about 2 inches thick. You'll see the inside, the colors and the ingredients. Plate up the mostaccioli, sprinkle with fresh grated Parmagiano Reggiano, fresh chopped parsley and a beautiful slice of the bruscialoni.
Merry Christmas all and may your Bruscialoni be as good as it looks!
Christmas is the Gift of Love by Keith Ballentine
The Story Of Christmas Carole Holly by Kieto
A few hundred years ago in a land of old ivy and mistletoe, there lived the Holly family. There was the Father, Winterberry Holly who was a stern but forgiving man; his adoring and well adjusted wife, Blue Holly and their three children, Inkberry, Possumhaw and little Carole Holly.
The Holly family lived in a forest on the outskirts of a small town called Mistletoe in a modest two story cottage made of stones from a nearby quarry where most of the townspeople worked and oak wood from the plentiful abundance of oak trees in the forest. The stones were laced with beautiful Full Moon Maple Ivy that made the cottage blend in to the surrounding trees in the forest. Around the cottage was a white picket fence.
Every year at Christmas time, the Holly family would decorate their cottage, the two large oak trees in the front yard and the white picket fence around the house with candles and other beautiful Christmas shiny garlands. What put a damper on that yearly tradition was that one year, the white picket fence burned down from too many candles and folks say, they nearly burned down the cottage as well.
People came from miles around just to see how they decorated their home and yard that particular Christmas because each year they always added something different. But they not only came to see their home at Christmas, but in those days, word traveled fast of what a wonderful family the Holly's were and that there was plenty of free food. But everyone knew on top of everything else, there was a little girl named Carole Holly who had a voice like an angel. People actually weeped when she sang.
From the time Carole Holly was born, her parents noticed her talent for singing. She loved to sing. She would sing from the time she got up in the morning until the time she went to bed at night. If she had something to say to somebody, she sang it.
One cold and rainy December morning a few days before Christmas, Carole suddenly stopped singing. She just completely stopped singing. Her parents were frantic so they took her to doctor in the town in Mistletoe desperately trying to get some answers and to find out what was wrong with her. The doctor couldn't find anything wrong with little Carole Holly. The Doctor told the parents to be patient, not to worry, and that she would be alright. She would sing again. But he didn't know when that would be. That was up to her.
Christmas was just around the corner and Winterberry had to start decorating the cottage, the two oak trees in the yard and the rebuilt white picket fence - with shiny garland this time - no candles. He really wasn't putting a lot of effort into it this particular year. His mind was on his daughter Carole. But then he remembered what Carole sang to him last year while they were decorating.
"Remember the reason for the season...Remember the reason for the season"
Christmas Eve finally arrived and people started showing up. There were more people than ever before and Blue Holly worried if she would have enough food to go around. The family greeted everyone as they arrived. It was about 8 o'clock in the evening when Winterberry heard a familiar beautiful sound above all the noise. He stood up from his rocking chair and shouted, "Everyone! Be still!! Do you hear that? Do you hear that?"
The room quieted down so much you could hear a mouse squeak. And the townsfolk were blessed with hearing the most beautiful angelic voice you ever did hear. It was Carole Holly all dressed in white coming down the stairs holding a candle singing, "Silent Night". They all listened and stood up in complete awe. She sang about 20 more Christmas songs one right after the other that night. Before the evening was over they all gave her the honorary name... Christmas Carole.
Every year after that, Christmas Carole had everyone join in singing with her and sometimes, they would all walk from house to house, stand outside and sing Christmas songs. Because they loved Christmas Carole so much, they decided to call the songs they sang, "Christmas Caroles".
And believe it or not, we still sing Christmas Caroles today door to door! However, years later, someone who didn't know this story took the "e" off of Caroles first name. Now it's just Christmas Carols we sing. But they are still nice this time of year. Aren't they?
How about that for a tradition!!!!
The End. (or is it?)