Let’s get back to some Maltese food… this time with my Maltese bragoli with spaghetti! This is one of the most popular dishes here in Malta: some may know it as Beef Olives (although there’s no olives in this dish!).
When I first arrives to Malta, I spent just over 1 month living the tourist life. So I had a chance to visit lot’s of places and taste quite a lot of food! Of course, I had to try all these new dishes that were in all the menus around the island. One of them was this famous Bragoli or Beef Olives. With two names, so different from each other, I really didn’t knew what to expect. The only clue I had: it’s a meat dish made with beef! When I questioned the waiter about this dish, the answer I got was: it’s stuffed beef… ok, let’s try it! But the description didn’t match the dish, at least not completely. Yes, it is stuffed beef but Maltese bragoli are much more than that. What I had in front of me were thin slices of beef, stuffed with hard boiled eggs and bacon braised in a rich tomato sauce and a side of mash potatoes. Oh, I found it really delicious…
Like always I had to try to cook it myself. I found lot’s of different recipes online and this one is my own mixture of all the information I got. Sorry Maltese friends if i got it all wrong! I have also tried to find out the origin of this dish but there’s not much information online. The only thing I could find out, this is a dish inspired in the Sicilian Braciole. Usually, 2 courses can be done when cooking bragoli: a starter of spaghetti with the sauce and main course of the actual beef bragoli. But this time I decided to use it all in one so here you have my Maltese bragoli with spaghetti