Braciolettine to Messina. The chops Messina (for mere mortals “spring rolls”) are a plate of Sicilian cuisine that wins for flavor and simplicity: a casket that, Once opened, always surprises. The skewers of Messina chops are made with a slice of meat traditionally of beef, even though there are now also calf, chicken, pig and even to Bacon. But also based on fish such as swordfish or spatula .
The perfect recipe for Messina chops
The meat is stuffed with a paste made of bread crumbs seasoned with parsley, extra virgin olive oil, grated cheese and diced provolone Nebrodi. To make you understand the process, on my YouTube channel you will find the VIDEO RECIPE STEP BY STEP, so you can not possibly make mistakes. Is’ an extensive preparation and a little’ Baroque, like many SICILIAN RECIPES, both sweet and savory.
How to cook messinese chops
Messina chops can be cooked simply on the grill (so they are prepared in Messina). Then season with “and salmurigghiu ', the salmoriglio, an emulsion of oil, lemon, salt and oregano. The alternative is cooking in a pan, with white wine and onion (braciolettine agglassate) or that in tomato sauce. But you get great results even in the oven: cook them at 200 degrees for 12 minutes by turning them over mid-cooking. And if you prefer the fish, try another classic in my town, the Cutlets FISH SWORD TO MESSINESE or those of Spatula, the flag fish.
The difference with the common meat rolls or skewers found elsewhere, It is in the cut of meat, which it is also the only problem because the cut for chops is hard to find for anyone not living in Messina. In much of Italy with the word ' pork chop ', In fact, means the slice of pork on the bone. In the city of the Strait, instead, any butcher knows exactly what to prepare when a client asks the pork chop. Is’ possible to replace the cutting of the braciolettine with a carpaccio cut a little’ more often than necessary, con the walker or with a well-beaten scallop and small. If you like, You can try also chicken, adding a little’ to pancetta to the recipe to flavor white meat.
600 grams of lean beef slices for chops (or walker or escalope)
250 grams of grated stale bread
150 grams of silane caciocavallo or provola Nebrodi
80 grams of grated pecorino Dop
1 clove garlic, minced finely
extra virgin olive oil, to taste
parsley, to taste
salt and pepper
some bay leaf
wooden skewers, to taste
Before preparing the braciolettine Messina style look well VIDEO RECIPE STEP BY STEP on my YouTube channel, so you'll see live what we now explain.
Arrange the slices of meat on a cutting board, well stretched. In a bowl mix the breadcrumbs with the grated pecorino (you can mix it with a little Parmesan cheese if you prefer a more delicate taste), chopped garlic and parsley, freshly ground pepper and add extra virgin olive oil until the mixture is fact was shelled but soft and fluffy. Season with salt.
Ask, in the center of each slice, as you see in VIDEO RECIPE a teaspoon of mixture and some cheese diced: the amounts vary slightly depending on the size of the slices of meat.
Now the most complicated, although watching video recipe you should have no trouble understanding: roll up on itself the slice like an egg roll, folding the side flaps inside. The result will be a bundle of cylindrical shape, tightly closed but soft. Put the chops so obtained in a wooden skewer, as you see in VIDEO RECIPE , inserting a leaf or two bay in the midst of chops. Oil the braciolettine Messina style with a little olive oil and sprinkle lightly with what will remain of the compound used for the stuffing.
You just have to grill the braciolettine Messina moderate heat, turning them occasionally, until golden and succulent. If you have the good fortune of being able to do so enjoy barbecued, because the real taste of chops Messina feels better on the grill.
I advise you to accompany braciolettine at Messina with a SALAD OF ORANGES AND FINOCCHI SICILIAN, prepared with thinly sliced fennel, orange slices peeled in vivo, chopped scallions and a few black olives, dressed with a citrus dressing of oil, salt and citrus juice. For the sweet tooth, is all well and good of French fries or a soft mashed potatoes.
MATCHING: For this combination, We stay in Sicily, particularly in the hills above the city of Messina, to match a lighthouse Doc, red wine made from vines Chardonnay, Nocera and nerello Cappuccio, produced by theBambury farm. This characteristic of the Strait is structured and full-bodied red, with aromas of ripe fruit and elegant tannins, Thanks to a minimum 12 months ageing in oak barrels and a refinement in the bottle for a few months.