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ingredients
ingredients
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step-by-step directions

Mario Batali's Beef Braciole Pinwheel-Style

  • 2 Garlic Cloves (finely minced)
  • 4 Scallions (thinly sliced)
  • 1/4 cup Chopped fresh Italian Parsley
  • 4 ounce Thinly sliced Salami (cut into 1/4-inch-wide matchsticks)
  • 8 ounce Italian Fontina (cut into 1/4-inch cubes)
  • 1/2 cup Freshly grated Parmigianop-Reggiano
  • 1/2 cup Toasted Bread Crumbs
  • 1/4 cup Plus 3 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 10- inch-long Beef Tenderloin Roast cut from the heart of the tenderloin (2 1/2 - 3 pounds), butterflied
  • Kosher Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper
step-by-step directions
  • In a medium bowl, combine the garlic, scallions, parsley, salami, Fontina, Parmigiano, and bread crumbs, and mix well. Add 1/4 cup of the olive oil and mix well with your hands or a spoon. Set aside.
  • Cut six 15-inch-long pieces of kitchen twine. Open out the beef, season on both sides with salt and pepper, and place it on a work so a long side is toward you. Spread the bread crumb mixture evenly over the beef, leaving a 1/2-inch border along the side farthest from you; press and gently pack the stuffing mixture onto the beef to keep it in place (you may have a little stuffing left over-it makes a great panini filling). Starting from the side nearest you, roll up the meat like a jelly roll, pressing any stuffing that falls out of the ends back into the roll, and tie tightly with the twine, spacing the ties evenly (it's easier if you have a friend to tie the beef while you hold the roll together). Wrap tightly in plastic wrap to make a compact roll, and place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, or as long as overnight. 
  • Preheat a gas grill or prepare a fire in a charcoal grill. 
  • Carefully unwrap the beef roll and, using a very sharp knife, cut it between the ties into six thick pinwheels. Brush gently on both sides with the remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil and season with salt and pepper. 
  • Gently lay the pinwheels on the hottest part of the grill and cook, unmoved, for 5 to 7 minutes. Using a thick spatula, carefully turn each pinwheel over and cook for about 4 minutes longer for medium-rare. (Don't be alarmed if some of the cheese in the stuffing starts to melt and char on the grill, making kind of a savory Florentine-cookie-like thing; but if you find it charring too much, move the pinwheels to a slightly cooler part of the grill.) Transfer to a platter and serve. 
  • Note: To butterfly the beef, simply use a sharp knife to cut it horizontally almost but not all the way in half, starting from one of the long sides, so you can open it like a book.
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