I want to sit down on my super comfy couch with some Starbucks, and write my blog and do a few things…in the winter lol. However, we do not have Starbucks here and its hot as can be. I am glad summer only lasts a month or two here because I hate it. I would take the cold any day!
This dish is something we do every Christmas, but the filling is a little different. We also call it Braciole…but from what I understand Braciole is just seared meat. Involtini is the rolled meat with filling cooked in sauce. So, I call it Involtini instead…sorry family lol.
The sauce I make is awesome…my grandmother taught me how to do it. It takes almost all day to cook, so most people don’t want to bother. So, I just say get your favorite low sugar sauce and go from there. I do not add sugar to my sauce like some of the jar sauce does, but the tomatoes hold carbs of course. In my sauce there are 2.3 carbs per 1/4 cup which is pretty good! One of these days I will make it and put the recipe and photos up. In the mean time, this is my involtini recipe…
2 lb steak, cut thin long ways OR already pre-cut thin steak
2 hard boiled eggs, sliced
4 slices bacon, crumbled
10 pieces asparagus
3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 Tbsp oregano
1 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp basil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
dash of cayenne
3 cups pasta sauce
In a small bowl mix together the garlic powder, oregano, parsley, basil, cayenne, salt and pepper.
Depending on what kind of meat the store has, you want to either cut the large piece of beef in thin (about 1/2″) strips or use your pre-cut thin meat. I have used both before.
Lay the large piece of beef flat on a cutting board, and sprinkle some of your herbs on the inside, along with a tablespoon of Parmesan cheese, a little bit of the bacon and hard boiled egg and place 2 pieces of asparagus towards the end. Roll up the meat and secure the end with 2 toothpicks. Repeat this for each piece of meat.
Heat a large shallow skillet on medium heat, and drizzle in some olive oil.
Once hot, add the meat, seam side down, and sear on all sides. Reduce the heat to low, and add all the pasta sauce. Cover the pan with the lid, and cook for about 20 minutes in the sauce until cooked through.
Recipe makes 5 servings.
Each serving is 1 involtini and 1/4 cup of sauce, and has 3 carbs