No F***in’ Ziti: S1 Ep3 Jackie Aprile’s Braciole

Welcome to No F***in’ Ziti, the world’s first Sopranos Cooking Show where Mike and Tom form the NotaFoodie Show will be combining two of their biggest loves, great food, and amazing television. They will be cooking through all 86 episodes of The Sopranos. 

Although it would be fun to eat nothing but antipasti and gabagool, the plan is to go beyond the “red-sauce” and cook a meal inspired by each episode. Expect dishes like Veal Chops, Lobster, and even homemade Sausage.


In Season 1 Episode 3 of The Sopranos “Denial, Anger, Acceptance” everybody is visiting current Mob Boss Jackie Aprile in the hospital where he has terminal cancer.  His Wife Ro leaves and akss if she could bring him back anything. Jackie jokes and says “a plate of braciole” so today we’re going to honor his last wishes and make a whole plate of Braciole

What you’ll need

  • 4 thin slices of boneless top round beef (about 1 lb)
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Pecorino 
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 8 slices on Hot Gabagool (Capocollo)
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 4 Cups of Tomato Sauce
  • Butcher Twine
  • Meat Tenderizer
  • Plastic Wrap
  1. Place the beef between two pieces of plastic wrap and pound it thin with the meat tenderizer, hit the sides first so it stretches out
  2. Place two pieces of gabagool per piece of steak
  3. Roll each piece like a cigar and then tie it off like a roast, you can also just use a toothpick
  4. In a frying pan add olive oil and brown the braciole on all sides
  5. Add red wine to deglaze the pan, scrape up all burnt pieces off of the pan
  6. Add your tomato sauce
  7. Braise for 10 – 12 minutes
  8. Remove from pan, plate your braciole and garnish with more parsley and pecorino romano


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