The word braciola is used in different regions of Italy to describe different cuts of meat. But in southern Italy, braciola refers to a dish where a slice of meat is topped with different ingredients and rolled up and baked. It’s moist, rich, and very flavorful, and it’s actually easy to make, although not quick: In order to make this cut of meat moist and tasty, it needs a good amount of oven time. I like to serve it at holiday dinner parties or for Sunday supper. You will need kitchen twine to tie the rolled flank steak.
In a Medium Bowl, stir the cheeses, bread crumbs, parsley, and garlic to blend.
Stir in 2 tablespoons of the oil, and set aside.
Lay the flank steak flat on the work surface, and sprinkle with ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
Sprinkle the bread-crumb mixture evenly over the steak to cover the top evenly.
Starting at one short end, roll up the steak as for a jelly roll and enclose the filling completely.
Using kitchen twine, tie the steak roll to secure. Sprinkle the braciole with the remaining salt and pepper.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large, heavy, ovenproof frying pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil over a medium flame.
Add the braciola and cook until brown on all sides, about 8 minutes.
Add the wine and bring to a boil. Stir in the marinara sauce. Cover partially with foil and bake, turning the braciola and basting with the sauce every 30 minutes, until the meat is almost tender, about 1½ hours.
Uncover and continue baking until the meat is tender, about 30 minutes longer. (The braciola can be made up to this point 1 day ahead. Cool, then cover with foil and refrigerate. Rewarm in a 350 degree F oven until the braciola is heated through, about 30 minutes.)
Remove the braciola from the sauce. Using a large, sharp knife, remove the kitchen twine and cut the braciola crosswise and diagonally into ½-inch-thick slices.
Transfer the slices to plates. Spoon the sauce over and serve.
You can be creative with the flavorings. You can substitute mozzarella or even fontina or Gorgonzola; you can also use whatever herbs you like. Make this dish your own—that’s what makes cooking so much fun.