Bellino on Braciole

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BRACIOLE

I still remember Mommy tying up the Braciole with cord as I watched fascinated by the act. Little did I realize how monumental these actions were in our world, the World of Italian-America, the food and the culture. Braciole is epic in our world, and Meatballs even more so, as well as Sausages, Pasta, Gravy, Espresso, and Cannoli, they are all quite dear to us. And little did I know then as a young boy of just five, I would write of these thing one day. I’d write of Spaghetti, Meatballs, Marinara, Mussels, Artichokes, Sausages, Sunday Sauce Gravy, and mommy making the Braciole and Meatbballs. She’d have the butcher cut her slices of beef top-round that she’d season with salt, pepper, Parsley, Pignoli, and Pecorino. Then she’d roll them up jelly-roll style and before tying them with a string she’d brown them in olive oil that would start the sauce she’d braise them in. I watched intently, and someday I’d make Braciole of my own. Mommy would make the Braciole and cook in the tomato sauce. More often than not she’d make a whole pot of Gravy (aka Sunday Sauce) with these Braciole, Sausages, and Meatballs. This Sunday Sauce Gravy was usually made on Sunday or possibly the night before and we’d have just Spaghetti & Meatballs from this pot of Gravy on Saturday night, saving the rest to eat the next day on Sunday with everything else; Maccheroni with Gravy, the Sausage, Meatballs, and Braciole. And what a wonderful day it would be eating Braciole, Gravy and all the rest.

   Yes, I still remember Mommy making the Braciole she learned from her mom, my maternal grandmother Giuseppina Salemi Bellino who was born in Lercara Freddi, Sicily. Nonna Giuseppina learned to make Braciole and regional Sicilian dishes from her mom, my great-grandmother who was a Salemi, and that’s all I know of her. Yes, the Braciole recipe goes back to her and to Nonna Giuseppina, and then to my mother Lucia and then on to me and my sister Barbara, and brother Michael. That’s our story on Braciole. Basta!

Excerpted from Daniel Bellino-Zwicke ‘s soon to be released MANGIA ITALIANO  ..

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Beef Braciole

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SUNDAY SAUCE

by DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE

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Sicilian Fried Steaks

 

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BISTECCHE PALMERTIANO

   Steak al Palermo

 This Steak preparation from Palermo is the favorite way that Palermitani like to eat Steak when they are eating it, which is not all that often. Well not all that often 50 years ago or more when most of the population was quite poor. These days however, it’s a much different story, people have a little more money these days, and can afford a steak dinner every now and then. Though in the past few years with the world’s economy in a downturn, maybe they can’t afford steaks all that much once again. This is one reason that the cut of steak is usually cut from the rump or other cheaper cut of beef. In the recipe here however, we have you using Sirloin Steak, though more expensive, it’s tastier and more forgiving when cooking it. It will be tender, and not tough as a Rump Steak would be. The dish is almost like a Veal Milanese, a famed Northern Italian dish, Veal Milanese which is quite expensive. Besides it being marinated and that it’s beef instead of veal, though similar, the Steak Palmertiano is quite different than it’s much more expensive northern cousin.

Being in the Provencia di Palermo in Lercara Friddi, this dish was known to my Sicilian grandfather, who was so poor he only ate it a few times in his life. In America he could have it a bit more often, which was just once a year, cooked by his wife Giuseppina for Philipo’s Birthday as a special birthday treat. Make it and treat yourself as well every-now-and-then.

 

RECIPE :

4 Sirloin Steaks, cut 1/3 of an inch thick

¼ cup Olive Oil, the Juice of 1 Lemon

3 cloves Garlic, peeled and sliced thin

1 bay Leaf

¼ cup chopped fresh Parsley

¼ teaspoon dry Sicilian Oregano

6 tablespoons red wine

1 cup Breadcrumbs

1 Lemon, cut in quarters

Get your butcher to cut you 4 Sirloin Steaks at a thickness of ¾ of an inch each, and have him pound the steaks flat.

Place olive oil, garlic, Lemon Juice, Oregano, wine, and half the fresh Parsley in a shallow glass baking dish and mix all together. Place the steaks in the marinade and let marinate for at least 3 or hours or overnight.

After the steaks have marinated, remove from marinade and shake off excess.

Coat steaks with breadcrumbs on both sides.

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Put 8 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large frying pan that is big enough to cook two teaks at a time. Heat oil to high and add two of the steaks. Cook the steaks over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes. Turn steaks over and cook on second side for three minutes. Remove the two cooked steaks and place in a 200 degree oven on a plate or pan to keep warm.

Cook the other two steaks the same as the first two. When all four steaks are cooked, plate onto 4 plates and sprinkle on the remaining Parsley over the steaks.

Garnish each plate with a lemon wedge and serve steaks with a Mixed Green Salad, Potatoes, or whichever vegetable you like.

This Recipe was Excerpted from GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK by Daniel Bellino Z – Reicpes from My Sicilian Nonna  …

 

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SICILIAN FRIED STEAKS

alla PALERMITANA

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GRANDMA BELLINO’S

ITALIAN COOKBOOK

SICILIAN & Other Italian Recipes

by Daniel Bellino Z

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MAKE EXTRA FRIED STEAKS

to Make STEAK SANDWICHES For LUNCH the Next Day

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MANGIA BENE SEMPRE

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My Instagram Saint Josephs Day 2017

 

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Author DANIEL BELLINO-ZWICKE on Instagram @DanielBellinoZwicke

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SAINT JOSEPHS DAY Dinner 2017 at CACIO VINO Restaurant in New York City.

Our SICILIAN-AMERICAN FOOD WINE & TRAVEL GROUP

Our Traditional SICLIAN MEAL for SAN GIUSEPPE :

MACCU ( Fava Bean Soup), SICILIAN PIZZA, Pasta con Sarde,

and PASTICCERIA SAN GIUSEPPE SFINCI

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In MEMORY of OUR DEAR FRIEND

VINCENT TITONTE

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John Turturro with Opera Singer Vincent Titone

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Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

and Vincent Titone

at a Sicilian American Group Dinner

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Grandma Bellino’s Italian Cookbook

RECIPES FROM MY SCILIAN NONNA

by Daniel Bellino “Z”

Favorite Recipes of Sicilian Dishes

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Daniel Bellino’s Sicilian Cookbook

 

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 If you’re in the southern hemisphere get to the markets quickly before the spring ends and some crucial ingredients disappear. This dish is a classic Sicilian plate originating in the west of Sicily.  Late in the artichoke season throughout Italy, you will find fave beans being sold right next to artichokes, so it’s inevitable that they will find themselves in some recipes together. The further south you make your way in Italy you will see an increasing abundance of both artichokes and fave beans. The dish photographed above is from Trattoria Piccolo Napoli in Palermo A Slowfood listed restaurant specializing in seafood with a generous offering of vegetable antipasti and side dishes.
 You may know fave beans as broad beans where you come from. Once they are removed from their pods they need to have their skins removed. (This is not absolutely essential and certainly wasn’t done in the past when every little morsel counted.) The easiest way to remove the skin from each bean is to toss them into boiling water for half a minute. Remove and refresh under cold water. You will notice the skin wrinkle and lift off the bean, which then can be easily removed with a knife or your fingers. You can also make this with dried fave beans which will need soaking overnight. It’s not the same as the fresh experience but the flavor is unmistakable. It’s also ok to use frozen peas but remember to halve the weight indicated in this recipe (in Grandma Bellino’s Italian Cookbook).
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FRITEDDI alla SICILIANA
aka
 

FRITELLI
RECIPE in GRANDMA BELLINO’S ITALIAN COOKBOOK
RECIPES FROM MY SICILIAN GRANDMOTHER
by DANIEL BELLINO Z
 
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FRANK SINATRA Eats !!!
 
Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner dine out at Patsy’s in New York.
Frank’s favorite restaurant. Frank Sinatra’s family, on his father’s side 
is from the Sicilian town of Lercara Friddi Sicily south of Palermo … Frank’s father
Severio Anthony Martino Sinatra was born in Lercara Friddi in 1892 and immigrated to
New York City in 1903 … The famed Mafia Kingpin Charles “Lucky” Luciano was also born 
in Lercara Friddi in 1897 … His family immigrated to The Lower east Side of New York 
when he was  just 9 years old … Best Selling Italian Cookbook Author Daniel Bellino-Zwicke’s 
Maternal Grandparents Giuseppina & Phillipo Bellino were born and married 
in Lercara Friddi Sicily and immigrated to New York City in 1904 and later relocating
to the Italian conclave of Lodi, New Jersey where Phillipo opened a Shoemaker Shop 
on Main Street where they raised their 4 children Lillian, Frank, Anthony, and Daniel’s mother
Lucia … 
 
 
SALVATORE LUCIANO
aka
CHARLES “LUCKY” LUCIANO
Lercara Friddi, Sicilia
ITALY
 
 
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