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Sloppy Giuseppes (Braciole Burgers)


Braciole stuffing:
1/3 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs
2 hard boiled eggs, cooled and chopped
2 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese
1/2 cup grated provolone cheese
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp tomato sauce

2 lbs ground chuck
1 tsp salt

2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/2 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup chopped green pepper, seeds and ribs removed
1 16 oz. can of tomato sauce (minus 1 Tbsp of sauce for the stuffing)
3/4 cup Sutter Home Cabernet Sauvignon
2 tsp fresh basil, chopped
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp soy sauce

6 Kaiser rolls


1. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill with a cover, or preheat a gas grill to medium (approx 350 degrees).

2. Place the bread crumbs, eggs, parsley, Romano, Provolone, garlic, salt & pepper into a medium sized bowl and mix with a fork. Add the tomato sauce to wet the mixture slightly and mix it in until stuffing is slightly sticky. Set aside.

3. Place the ground chuck into a bowl and add the salt. Mix it through gently with your hands and make 12 thin patties (approx 1/3 cup of beef). Take a patty and top it with approximately a 1/4 cup of the stuffing. (If the stuffing is wet enough, you can scoop up a 1/4 cup and make a stuffing patty and lay it on top of the burger patty.) Top it with another burger patty, compress it slightly and seal the edges with your fingers. Continue making the burgers until you have 6 stuffed burgers.

4. Place the olive oil into a disposable 9 x 13 foil cake pan and set it onto the grill. When the oil is hot, add the green pepper and sautee them for approximately 4 minutes. Then add the onion and sautee for an additional 3 minutes. Add the remaining tomato sauce, Cabernet, basil, brown sugar and soy sauce. Cover the grill and let this simmer for 10 minutes.

5. Place your braciole patties onto the grill and cook them about 4 minutes a side, just until they have good grill marks. When both sides have been grilled, place them into the foil pan with the sauce. Spoon sauce over the burgers and coat them completely. (If the sauce is getting a little too thick, add a little more Cabernet to loosen it up, and then cover the pan with foil.) Let the burgers cook in the sauce for about 15 to 20 minutes, letting the flavors mix. Monitor the grill temperature and check your sauce every 5 minutes. The sauce should reduce down to around 2 cups so you can give everyone about 1/3 cup of sauce.

6. Split the rolls and toast them lightly on the grill. Place the rolls on plates, top with a burger, top the burger with sauce and top that with the top of the roll. Now how can you top that? (You might have to serve these with a knife and fork for the neatniks.)


There's a co-worker of mine who has a grandmother who lives in RI. When she comes to work on Monday, she always talks about the big sit-down Italian Sunday family dinner she had the day before at Gram's house. My friend raves about her Gram's Braciole.

A couple of years ago, she was talking to her Gram on the phone and I asked her for the recipe for the Braciole. She put Gram on the phone with me and I jotted down the recipe and she gave me tips on the preparation. It was simply a pinch of this and a handful of that kinda deal. I made the Braciole and it was awesome, a real MEAL. Thanks Gram!

Having said all that, when this contest hit my radar, I wondered how well the Braciole recipe would translate. You can't cook a burger as long as you do the steak rolls, but you can still pack in a lotta flavor and aroma. I think these are really delicious. Enjoy!