It all starts with the craving of Italian recipes that take too long to prepare.
Suddenly, with so little time and so many daily commitments, great meals, recipes that were handed down from generation to generation disappear.
Until the Instant Pot brings them back baby!
I am cooking every recipe I can in my Instant Pot until I get them perfected.
Now I have prepared the recipe for Braciole with sauce at least 20 times, tweaking as I go.
Today, I am about to reveal how to make a recipe that will make your mouth water for more.
As a Sicilian gal, tradition means continuing recipes that are not made often.
You could totally make this for your Sunday Gravies or for stand-alone meat.
The spirals it slices into are fantastic and the taste is beyond description!
Clear off your countertops, this meat will have you craving more and more each time you cook it and serve it.
It may become the most requested dish in your house!
Let’s cook Instant Pot Italian Braciole With Sauce. Lavishly live food out loud!
Instant Pot Italian Braciole With Sauce
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Now you can make this fabulous recipe that used to be saved for ‘weekend only ‘ cooking due to how long it took to cook.
The Instant Pot is the game-changer.
Make this for parties, gatherings, weeknight meals.
It’s great the next day after it has been chilled as it slices into beautiful spirals and is delicious on toast. YUM!
The Italian Braciole Tradition
You know, when you are brought up Italian, and your grandparents are right off the boat, and then you marry Italian and your Father-in-Law is right from Italy, you cook Italian!
My Gramma Santa made the fiercest Braciole I have ever experienced.
The taste started the moment you popped a piece into your mouth, but the experience began the moment you entered her home.
If you know Italians, we love our spices.
When you enter an Italian home if you don’t smell basil, garlic, and onion, it’s not a true Italian home. LOL.
While I do make light of it, you need to know that no matter what family function we would leave our clothes always smelled like the food.
The food always was pleasurable and eating was done in large courses.
Did You Know this about Italian Braciole?
Good braciole easily falls off the rope it is tied with.
In fact, the packets of meat are so flavor incredible you may not know how to initially react, kind of like a foodgasm in your mouth.
Tomato sauce transitions the taste into something over-the-top wonderful and the combination of ingredients make a full-bodied meat meal!
If you force cook this meat, it can get tough.
Don’t undercook this meal. Beef needs to be cooked to a temperature of 145° F.
Our Journey Back To Our Home & Families In Italy
Recently, we traveled back to Italy to visit both Michael’s family who live there and mine.
One of my cousins showed me this recipe again and something fun with veal (can’t wait to reveal!).
Hers was different than my Gramma Santas but it was great to see it all started in my own family!
My family is spread about Sicily: Palermo, Cefalu, Messina.
We traveled by plane, car, and train to see everyone.
Michael’s family is closer to Rome, in Spigno.
I’ve told you all this before so I won’t bore you again!
While our families are from 2 totally different parts of Italy traditions are so similar it makes me giddy!
You see I knew I picked a good guy!
Tips & Hints Before You Start creating Instant Pot Italian Braciole with sauce.
My recipe will yield 22 braciole, yours will vary based on the cut of meat your purchase and how many pieces are in the package, please adjust as necessary.
Also note, I always call for more breadcrumb rather than less, so that it is available to me when working on recipes.
You can scale back if you prefer.
Most importantly, prep your Chef’s Twine before you start.
Cut it and have it set up before you start, so know how many beef packets you are making.
I often use 2 pieces per braciole.
Hard-Boiled Eggs and Perfect Cooking Time
Yes, you are going to smash them, but….
Boil and cool the eggs ahead of time.
Keep yourself organized.
You don’t want to work with a hot egg.
The shells need to be off and you need to crush that egg so work ahead of this.
Back To The Assembly of Instant Pot Italian Braciole with Sauce
The placement of ingredients does matter and rolling technique is different for everyone.
Layer however you want, I have my own way, so do each of you.
You can tuck and roll, or roll and tuck the sides in, or just roll and tie with 2 pieces of twine.
If you choose the latter method, do make sure to double up your Twine cut.
INGREDIENTS for Instant Pot Italian Braciole
Make sure to print the recipe, so that you have it at your fingertips.
Thin Beef that can be opened and stuffed.
Do make hard-boiled eggs.
Of course, you will need Tomato Sauce & tomato paste – but you need to understand why (watch the video to understand this part it is so easy! )
On your grocery list make sure to buy some Italian lunchmeat, ranging from Italian prosciutto to basic ham.
Garlic and olive oil, as well as Twine all, play a roll in creating this fabulous meal!
Prepping Instant Pot Italian Braciole
Before you start to place your twine on the counter close by you are going to need it.
I also suggest keeping the water running on LOW and soap nearby in case you have to stop.
It just makes it easier to disinfect your hands from raw meat contamination.
Also, use paper towels to dry this way there are no kitchen towels to wash! (I believe in easy, don’t you?)
My only note on cheese placement is to make sure you keep the cheese in the center.
Remember you have to roll this, so centering will be important.
Also, you have other ingredients to the add-in.
Proscuitto can be subbed with a cooked ham sliced thin, or even a capicola.
These are all found at your deli.
Sometimes you can find pre-packed Proscuitto at the warehouse clubs and ALDI.
Making Instant Pot Italian Braciole with sauce
Again, the ingredients stack in any order, just so you can roll it.
All you want to make sure is that you have ALL the ingredients tucked in and wrapped up.
Roll the Italian Braciole into packets.
It’s time to roll and tuck then tie.
Use the video to see how to tuck, roll and tie.
Instant Pot Preparation for Italian Braciole Packets.
Place into the Instant Pot and plan on sauteing the meat packets to seal in their juices.
This step is optional yet I do encourage you to do such.
You are going to lightly saute a few of these to get them ready to cook.
No worries that you are going to stack these packets up to the maximum fill line, just remember you do need to add the sauce.
The sauce will also take up space in the liner.
Do account for sauce placement.
As you can see, my packets of Italian Braciole are in and COVERED with sauce.
My sauce will thicken as it cooks, and you will see why and how if you watched the video.
In about 40 minutes, after the pressure builds, you will have incredible authentic Italian Braciole from the old country.
Remove strings before eating.
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Instant Pot Italian Braciole With Sauce
- 3 pounds of Thin Cut Beef Milanese
- 6 Hard-Boiled Eggs shelled, rinsed, smashed.
- 29 Ounce Can of Tomato Sauce + 1 Cans of Water swirl in the can to clear out all sauce
- 1 6 oz Can of Tomato Paste + 3 Cans of water whisked together to be smooth
- 22 Piece Prosciutto for every piece of beef
- 11 pieces of Provolone 1/2'd
- 2 Cups of Italian Flavored Bread Crumbs
- 2 Tbsp Of Minced Garlic
- Olive Oil -2 Tbsp
- Twine cut to 11" pieces 22
- Place meat on cutting board.
- Then place Prosciutto and remember you can do any of this in any order, this is just MY order.
- All you want to make sure is that you have ALL the ingredients tucked in and wrapped up.
- The order does not matter.
- Now add on the breadcrumb
- Followed by the egg
- It's time to roll and tuck then tie. This is the longest time commitment because tying is not always easy if you are all thumbs!
- Place into the Instant Pot with Garlic and Oil.
- You are going to lightly saute a few of these to get them ready to cook. This is optional, however.
- If you prefer to just cook without searing fine too. I prefer to let the garlic saute it seems to give it a more FULL flavor. All personal preference.
- Go easy on the OO.
- Add all of the packets in one by one. (however, if you are browning you will need to add a few at a time, remove once browned and let the others take their turn at getting sauteed.
- Then replace all the packets. Your choice.
- Now it's time or the sauce and water.
- You can add more water, but make sure to counterbalance with 1 can of paste if you do this.
If you want to use the sauce (which is the best ever) I suggest adding a can of paste to the water if you fill it to the rim.