Italian Grandma Makes Braciole

2 lbs thinly sliced Beef (London Broil/Flank Steak/etc.)
Garlic (minced & crushed)
Fresh Parsley (chopped)
Grated Pecorino Romano Cheese
Red Hot Pepper Flakes
Prosciutto (or Ham as substitute)
Boiled Eggs (chopped)
Provolone Cheese Slices
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

1 qt Tomato Sauce
1 qt Peeled Tomatoes
1 small Onion (sliced)
3 Garlic Cloves (crushed)
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Basil
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

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Who is this lady?
Gina Petitti was born in 1935 in Faeto, Italy. Her family ran a farm in Italy and she met her husband, Vito, in the same town. In 1970 Gina, Vito, and her 4 children immigrated to America. Gina’s husband passed away in 2012, but she is surrounded by a large family, which includes 9 grandchildren, and lives 5 minutes away from her eldest daughter in New Jersey. Gina spends her time cooking, gardening, and being an active member of her local Church.

Why does she make such large portions?
When she was in Italy, she would cook and bake in such large quantities so she wouldn’t have to take time every day to make food, and instead be able to work on the farm. Many of her recipes can be cut in half or quartered if you choose to try them out!

Why is no one helping her in the video?
Grandma Gina doesn’t want help! Usually, it’s because we will slow her down or not do it “her way.” For the videos we only show her, but when the camera cuts we jump in and help form the cookies or prep for the next step.

Why don’t we buy her a new…?
Grandma Gina has a closet and garage full of new gadgets, spoons, forks, pots, etc… but she doesn’t like them because she is used to doing it with her old tools. She has fun getting her hands dirty!

Who is behind the camera?
Her retired son-in-law films, her daughter helps her prep, and she usually has one or two grandkids in the kitchen.

Does Gina read the comments?
We print out and show her how much love she gets from all her viewers, and she is very thankful and hopes you enjoy her cooking! Your comments bring her lots of joy, laughter, and inspiration to make more videos to share with you.

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Bernadine Gregory says:

I hope its not true but I was told grandma Gina passed away. I hope the person who told me is wrong! I just love watching her.

Taicha's Cuisine says:

YouTube should create a tasting button for viewers to click and taste these delicious recipes 🙂 Thanks for Sharing!

Marco Cataudella says:

I am cooking braciole right now ❤❤ they look delicious

j henry rodriguez says:

Gina is a great Nana. I look forward for other classic dishes she’ll prepare in the future. Like Blue Raspberry said, Dona Gina reminds me of my grandmother, Louisa. She too made most all dishes for our family and through all my growing years, we never went to a restaurant because she made everything we ever wanted at home. Bless you grandma for teaching me that making food for my family is a loving art.

beautifulinside&out says:

Your Braciole is similar to our Morcon (Philippines) meat roll with carrot, pickle, chorizo de bilbao and sliced hard boiled eggs filling. Our gravy is made from the liquid where it was boiled too but not too much tomatoes. Same preparation and cooking too. One of my favorite dishes.

Nancy Paffrath says:

What sweetie!! Yummy!

Nancy Miller says:

You’re right I love Gina’s videos. She cracks me up when she always tells everybody her hands are clean. She’s so freaking cute

Peter C says:

you had me at hello. she’s Adorable!!!!

Liz Sullivan says:

Hello…..Stopping by once again to spend some time in cooking class with you…I feel at home….thank you for sharing your time, talent and hospitality .!…it is good to compare notes with you

sharon clipner says:

Obviously I did not cook it long enough

Lucy325 says:

Very similar to the German dish Rouladen

Peter Fairhurst says:

That could be my dear departed Sicilian mum.  Braciole was always our favourite.

Gina Williams says:

please I love this dish can make veal piccita please??!

Garna says:

Beautifully done. So easy to follow. Thank you.

Karen Coutinho says:

I learned how to make bracciole from my grandma, a little different from you but I loved watching you just now! My grandma was from Bari, and made a cookie that she rolled out, put in spirals, fried and then boiled in jam and honey. I never learned, and my aunts don’t remember. Is it something you could make? You put me in the mood to try the recipes I loved as a kid…

sharon clipner says:

I’ve bought stuffed brioche before and it was so tough
I’ll definitely try this! Thank y!

Ti2gR says:

looks amazing

GR. Hollman says:

Dear Gina and family you’ve been on my mind. I hope all is well. Wishing you and your family blessings. Maybe Gina could have her heart and arteries checked. ❤

Nazmie Zyferi says:

I enjoyed very much looking you cooking.Grazie mile

Ramona Jackson says:

I love watching her. She is so sweet. And she sings! ❤❤❤

ninesticks says:

wow..looks better than mine….what a neat lady..

Elizabeth Bianchi says:

She’s adorable! I want a bite!

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