Beef Braciole Pinwheel-Style
Just like the Italians make it!
- step-by-step directions
Beef Braciole Pinwheel-Style
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 4 scallions (thinly sliced)
- 1/4 cup Italian parsley (chopped)
- 4 ounces salami (thinly sliced and cut into matchsticks)
- 8 ounces fontina cheese (cut into 1/4-inch cubes)
- 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
- 1/2 cup toasted breadcrumbs
- 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 beef tenderloin roast (center cut, about 2 1/2 - 3 pounds, about 10 inches long, butterflied)
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
- In a medium bowl, add the garlic, scallions, parsley, salami, fontina, Parmigiano, breadcrumbs and 1/4 cup of olive oil, and mix well to combine. 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 breadcrumb 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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