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Beef Olives (Bragioli) – Try the Maltese Delicacy

Beef Olives (Bragioli) – Try the Maltese Delicacy

 

Beef olives(Bragioli) is a Maltese delicacy. Beef olives is a very old dish – stuff beef slow cooked in sauce that is full of rich flavours and it is perfect for a hearty family dinner.

Fun fact: Beef Olives actually have nothing to do with the olives you are thinking of. It is said that it got its name because, the rolled and stuffed beef chunks resemble olives.

We love to make Beef Olives when all our family comes together for any special occasion. We hope it will be a favourite of your family too.

 

Ingredients for Beef Olive filling

Ingredients for beef olive

10 thin slices of topside or round steak 

400 gm  minced veal 

bacon rashers, or diced pancetta diced cooked

garlic cloves, crushed 

½ cup  finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

1 tablespoon  finely chopped oregano

spring onion, finely sliced cooked

½ cup grated parmesan cheese

eggs beaten

1 tablespoon  sea salt

1 tablespoon   cracked black pepper

 

Ingredients for the sauce

 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

2 large onions, diced 

 5  garlic cloves, crushed 

 400 gm tin tomatoes 

 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves 

  ½ cup basil leaves

 2 bay leaves

 250 ml red wine 

 500 ml water 

 

 

Instructions

First, prepare for the sauce. Finely chop the onion and garlic. Heat oil in a large saucepan, add onions and garlic, and fry till they are softened and translucent.

Add the rest of the ingredients for the sauce i.e. the tomatoes, parsley, basil, bay leaves, red wine and water; making sure the herbs are finely chopped and let it simmer while you prepare the beef.

Flatten the beef with a mallet and set aside.

Dice the bacon and spring onions and fry them up slightly in a frying pan.

In a bowl add the veal, spring onions, bacon, crushed garlic, sea salt, pepper grated parmesan, beaten eggs, finely chopped parsley and oregano. Mix everything well together.

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Cooking Tip: Use dried oregano as we find it blends better with the dish and has slightly stronger taste. If you use fresh oregano, you have to use 3 times the amount of dried oregano.

Now, take a generous tbsp of the mixture and spread on the flattened beef evenly. Roll up each slice and secure with a metal skewer or you could also tie it up with butcher’s string.

Now, sear each roll slightly in a frying pan until the outer area of the beef loses its red or raw meat colour.

Take the skewers out and add them to the sauce ,and let it simmer for 1 ½ hours on low heat.

Once they are done, serve and enjoy!

 

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Beef Olives (Bragioli)

November 6, 2020
: 4 - 5
: 15 min
: 90 min
: 1 hr 45 min
: Medium

A robust hearty Maltese classic dish, beef olives is a choice for family dinners.

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Ingredients
  • For Beef Olive Filling
  • 10 thin slices of topside or round steak
  • 400 gm minced veal
  • 2 bacon rashers, or diced pancetta diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped oregano
  • 1 spring onion, finely sliced cooked
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 Tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • For the sauce
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 large onions, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 400 gm tin tomatoes
  • 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • ½ cup basil leaves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 250 ml red wine
  • 500 ml water
Directions
  • Step 1 First, to make the sauce, finely chop onions, and garlic. Heat oil in a large saucepan, add onions and garlic and fry till they are softened and translucent.
  • Step 2 Add the rest of the ingredients for the sauce (tomatoes, parsley, basil, bay leaves, red wine and water) making sure the herbs are finely chopped, and let it simmer while you prepare the beef.
  • Step 3 Flatten the beef with a mallet and set aside.
  • Step 4 Dice the bacon or pancetta whichever you are using along with spring onions and fry them up slightly in a frying pan.
  • Step 5 In a bowl add the veal, spring onions, bacon, crushed garlic, sea salt, pepper grated parmesan, beaten eggs and finely chopped parsley and oregano.Mix everything well. Use dried oregano as we find it blends better with the dish and has slightly stronger taste. If you use fresh oregano, use 3 times the amount of dried oregano.
  • Step 6 Take a generous tbsp of the mixture and spread on the flattened beef evenly. Roll up each slice and secure with a metal skewer or tie it up with butcher’s string.
  • Step 7 Now, sear each roll slightly in a frying pan.
  • Step 8 Take the skewers out and then add them to the sauce and let it simmer for 1 ½ hours on low heat. Serve and enjoy!

Have you checked out our recipe for beef stake sandwich?

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