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Sicilian beef rolls edit

35 mins

4 persons


The Sicilian beef rolls is a traditional meat dish. This particular recipe comes from Palermo and calls for local ingredients, such as pine nuts, raisins, onion, bay leaves and caciocavallo cheese, as they add a unique flavour to the meat.
There are many different recipes for Sicilian beef rolls; for example, in Catania they add spicy hot Italian sausage (or pepperoni) to the filling.

Ingredients

Olive oil, extra virgin 55 milliliters
Bay leaf, leaves 24
Onions, red and large 2
Pine nuts 50 grams
Salt 5 grams
Black pepper 2 12 grams
Raisins 50 grams
Bread crumbs 150 grams
Beef meat, slivers 1 kilo
NUTRITION INFO [per Serving]
Calories
936KCal
46%
It provides 936KCal equal to about 46% of DV

A calorie is a unit of energy. The number of calories foods contain tells us how much potential energy they posses.
The human body needs calories (energy) to survive, without energy our cells would die, our hearts and lungs would stop, and we would perish. We acquire this energy from food and drink.

Protein
54g
72%
It provides 54g equal to about 72% of DV

Most all the parts of our bodies are made from protein: hair, skin, blood, organs, and muscles. It is needed for cells to grow. It also repairs or replaces healthy cells and tissues. Protein in food gives us calories - 4 calories in one gram. If we do not get enough calories from fat and carbohydrates we may use protein for energy.

Water
205g
20%
It provides 205g equal to about 20% of DV

Water serves as a solvent for nutrients and delivers nutrients to cells, while it also helps the body eliminate waste products from the cells. Both the spaces between cells (intercellular spaces) and the spaces inside cells (intracellular spaces) are filled with water. Water lubricates joints and acts as shock absorbers inside the eyes and spinal cord. Amniotic fluid, which is largely water, protects the fetus from bumps and knocks.

Calcium
127mg
12%
It provides 127mg equal to about 12% of DV

Calcium is a mineral that is important for building strong bones and teeth. Almost all of the calcium we use in our bodies is for building strong bones. A very small amount is needed to help our heart, nerves and muscles work.

Carbohydrate
43g
14%
It provides 43g equal to about 14% of DV

Carbohydrates are the body's main source of energy. There are three different kinds of carbohydrates. They include starch, sugar, and fiber. Starch is made from chains of small sugars. When these chains are broken down during digestion, we get energy. We get 4 calories from each gram of starch (or sugar).

Fiber
3g
13%
It provides 3g equal to about 13% of DV

Fiber is one kind of carbohydrate. It's the part of plant foods that our bodies do not break down during digestion. Because fiber isn't digested, it doesn't give us calories.
Fiber is important for keeping the digestive tract working smoothly. Since we do not digest it, the fiber in food passes into the intestine and absorbs water. The undigested fiber creates "bulk" so the muscles in the intestine can push waste out of the body.

Iron
8mg
45%
It provides 8mg equal to about 45% of DV

Iron is a mineral that is an important part of our red blood cells. It is needed to carry oxygen from our lungs to our cells, muscles and organs.

Magnesium
102mg
25%
It provides 102mg equal to about 25% of DV

Magnesium is an abundant mineral in the body. It's required for energy production, oxidative phosphorylation, and glycolysis. It contributes to the structural development of bone and is required for the synthesis of DNA, RNA, and the antioxidant glutathione.

Sugars
12g
13%
It provides 12g equal to about 13% of DV

Sugars are carbohydrates that provide the body with energy, our body’s fuel. Sugars occur naturally in fruit, vegetables and dairy foods and are added to foods for flavour, texture and colour.

Salt
928mg
38%
It provides 928mg equal to about 38% of DV

Sodium is important for keeping a balance in pressure between the inside and outside of our cells. Too much sodium can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure may increase the risk for having a heart attack or stroke.

Phosphorus
586mg
58%
It provides 586mg equal to about 58% of DV

Phosphorus is a mineral that makes up 1% of a person's total body weight.
The main function of phosphorus is in the formation of bones and teeth. It plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats. It is also needed for the body to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues.

Potassium
1046mg
29%
It provides 1046mg equal to about 29% of DV

Potassium is a mineral found in varying amounts in almost all foods. Diets high in potassium are associated with improved blood pressure control.

Fat
61g
67%
It provides 61g equal to about 67% of DV

Fat is a nutrient that is an important source of calories. One gram of fat supplies 9 calories - more than twice the amount we get from carbohydrates or protein. Fat also is needed to carry and store essential fat-soluble vitamins, like vitamins A and D.

Saturated Fat
17g
87%
It provides 17g equal to about 87% of DV

This is a type of fat that comes mainly from animal sources of food, such as red meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. Saturated fat raises total blood cholesterol levels and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels.

Zinc
13mg
84%
It provides 13mg equal to about 84% of DV

Zinc is a mineral that your body needs to be healthy. Zinc strengthens your immune system and helps in normal growth and development at all ages.

Vitamin C
3mg
5%
It provides 3mg equal to about 5% of DV

Vitamin C helps form a cement-like material between our cells. We need vitamin C to heal cuts, wounds, and burns. When we don't get enough vitamin C the "cement" between cells loses its strength and can cause us to bleed easily. It may show up as bleeding gums or bruises.

Thiamin
545µg
36%
It provides 545µg equal to about 36% of DV

Thiamin is one of a group of vitamins called the "B vitamins." Another name for thiamin is vitamin B1. Thiamin works with other B vitamins to help your body use the energy it gets from food.

Riboflavin
587µg
34%
It provides 587µg equal to about 34% of DV

Riboflavin is one of a group of vitamins called "B vitamins." Another name for riboflavin is vitamin B2. Riboflavin works with other B vitamins to help your body use the energy you get from food. It also helps the body to use protein in food to build new cells and tissues.

Niacin
15mg
74%
It provides 15mg equal to about 74% of DV

Niacin is one of a group of vitamins called the "B vitamins." Niacin works with other B vitamins to help your body use the energy you get from food. It is also important to help use protein from the diet to build new cells and tissues.

Vitamin B6
994µg
49%
It provides 994µg equal to about 49% of DV

Vitamin B6 is also called pyridoxine. It is involved in the process of making serotonin and norepinephrine, which are chemicals that transmit signals in the brain. Vitamin B6 is also involved in the formation of myelin, a protein layer that forms around nerve cells.

Folate
89µg
22%
It provides 89µg equal to about 22% of DV

Folic acid is important for making blood and building cells. It is also called folate or folacin. Folic acid is found in many food groups in the Food Guide Pyramid.
The need for folic acid increases during pregnancy because the fetus is constantly growing.

Vitamin B12
6µg
92%
It provides 6µg equal to about 92% of DV

Vitamin B12 makes healthy blood cells and helps keep our nerves working properly.

Vitamin A
0µg
0%
It provides 0µg equal to about 0% of DV

Vitamin A keeps your skin smooth and the linings of your mouth, nose, throat, lungs, and intestines healthy. Vitamin A is also needed for healthy eyes. It forms the part of the eye that helps you to see in dim light. People who do not get enough vitamin A may have a hard time seeing at night.

Vitamin E
4mg
39%
It provides 4mg equal to about 39% of DV

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant whose main job in the body is to protect against cell damage. Vitamin E may also play a role in maintaining a healthy immune system and protecting against chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.

Vitamin D
0µg
5%
It provides 0µg equal to about 5% of DV

Vitamin D helps ensure that the body absorbs and retains calcium and phosphorus, both critical for building bone.

Vitamin K
22µg
27%
It provides 22µg equal to about 27% of DV

Vitamin K helps with many important functions in your body. Vitamin K helps your body heal wounds, maintain your blood vessels and keep your bones healthy. Vitamin K may also help in preventing fractures (broken bones), especially in women after menopause.

Fatty acids Monounsaturated
28g
70%
It provides 28g equal to about 70% of DV

This is a type of fat found in a variety of foods and oils. Studies show that eating foods rich in monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) improves blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease.

Fatty acids Polyunsaturated
7g
49%
It provides 7g equal to about 49% of DV

This is a type of fat found mostly in plant-based foods and oils. Evidence shows that eating foods rich in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) improves blood cholesterol levels, which can decrease your risk of heart disease.

Trans fats
2338mg
77%
It provides 2338mg equal to about 77% of DV

This is a type of fat that occurs naturally in some foods in small amounts. But most trans fats are made from oils through a food processing method called partial hydrogenation.

Cholesterol
170mg
56%
It provides 170mg equal to about 56% of DV

Cholesterol is needed by our bodies for our cells, nerves and brain. It is also important in forming hormones and enzymes.

Caffeine
0mg
0%
It provides 0mg equal to about 0% of DV

Caffeine is best known for its stimulant, or "wake-up," effect. Once a person consumes caffeine, it is readily absorbed by the body and carried around in the bloodstream, where its level peaks about one hour after consumption. Caffeine mildly stimulates the nervous and cardiovascular systems.

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Instructions

1

To prepare the Sicilian beef rolls, first soak the raisins in water for 10 minutes .

2

In a food processor, finely chop the caciocavallo cheese and transfer to a bowl, large enough to hold all the ingredients . 

3

Add the breadcrumbs , the pine nuts and the raisins , that have been drained and squeezed. 

4

Now finely chop the onion , heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a non-stick pan and sauté the onion until softened . Then add the softened onion to the breadcrumb mixture, drizzle in the remaining oil, add salt and pepper to taste and mix until you have a coarse mixture, easy to work with. Now assemble the beef rolls: pound the beef slices with a meat pounder , brush with oil, cover with the mixture and roll it up from the short side .

5

Then cut the resulting roll in half with a knife . Divide the remaining onion into 24 equal parts, by cutting into quarters, and assemble the skewers : thread a bay leaf onto a skewer, followed by a piece of onion, a beef roll, another onion and another bay leaf and repeat until you have 3 beef rolls on each skewer . Continue until the ingredients are used up, then brush with oil . 

6

Divide the remaining onion into 24 equal parts, by cutting into quarters, and assemble the skewers.

7

Thread a bay leaf onto a skewer, followed by a piece of onion, a beef roll, another onion and another bay leaf and repeat until you have 3 beef rolls on each skewer . Continue until the ingredients are used up, then brush with oil . 

8

Heat a grill pan on a high flame and grill the skewers about 2 minutes per side, until the meat is browned and cooked through (17-18). The Sicilian beef rolls can be served on skewers or you can remove the items and place them on a serving dish.

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