Saturday, October 22, 2016

Crockpot Braciole for Crocktober

Crockpot Braciole with spaghetti and salad for dinner.
I was just reading the Nancy On The Home Front blog. It had a post calling October the month of Crocktober.

How fitting, what better way to make a meal on a cold blustery day than in a crockpot. Now that's comfort food for sure.

Here's a crockpot recipe I've used. It's a little more involved than stew, but the results can be used for an evening meal for two or party fare, the choice is yours.

I get things going early in the morning and then have the rest of my day off without worry.

Funny, I use my crockpot more now than I ever did when I got it as a wedding present in 1971. Who would have guessed.

I chose a new recipe for Braciole from Rival Crock-Pot Cooking. This edition is out of print, but you can find it in used bookstores or online for a reasonable price.

Crockpot Braciole

2 1/2 lb. round steak, 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick
8 slices Provolone cheese

1/2 lb. bulk Italian sausage
2 cloves garlic
1/2 small onion
1/2 cup grated Parmesan or Asiago cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 teaspoon leaf oregano
1 teaspoon Italian spice
1 teaspoon salt

Chop and saute garlic and onion in olive oil. Put in mixing bowl. Crumble and lightly brown sausage. Add oregano and Italian spice. Put in mixing bowl and let cool slightly. Add bread crumbs, grated cheese and salt. Beat an egg and add to the mixture to act as a binding agent. Mix well.

1 10 oz. can diced stewed tomatoes
1 6 oz. can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic
1/2 small onion
1 tablespoon leaf oregano
1 tablespoon Italian spice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt

Chop and saute garlic and onions. Add oregano and Italian spice. Add stewed tomatoes and tomato paste. Use water to rinse cans into the sauce. Add garlic powder and salt to taste. Let sauce simmer while assembling Braciole.

Trim fat from steak and cut into 8 evenly sized pieces. Pound steak pieces until thin and easy to roll. Place a slice of Provolone cheese on each piece of steak. Cover with about two tablespoons of filling and roll jelly-roll style. Secure with toothpicks. Don't worry if you have any extra filling. Just add it to the sauce.

Spray crockpot with Pam to reduce sticking. Cover the bottom with sauce. Layer in the steak roll-ups. Cover with the remaining sauce. Cook on low for 7 to 10 hours.

To complete the meal, cook some spaghetti to serve with the Braciole and sauce. A vegetable and garlic toast makes a great meal. -- Margy


  1. Yes, it is time to get the crock pot out. Your recipe sounds really good. I made a big pot of bean soup today, perfect for a damp and chilly day.

    1. I can only cook with the crockpot in town, but when I'm there it's a great thing to use. At the cabin soups are much easier. A little propane is all that is needed. - Margy

  2. Oh yummy that does look good. I like to get the crock pot started early in the day too. Nice not to have to worry about supper. : )

    1. Nothing better than letting it cook all day and then enjoy dinner in the evening. - Margy

  3. Wow - that looks and sounds especially good - a recipe I'll have to try for sure. I'm a huge fan of crock pots, for sure! Happy week ahead my friend - I think more rain is coming.

    1. I can't use mine at the cabin (not enough electricity) but it is a town favourite for me. - Margy

  4. Sounds delicious and must really smell good!


Thanks for stopping by. Comments, questions, and suggestions are always welcome. - Margy