Falsomagro: the recipe for a rich and delicious roast typical of Sicilian cuisine

Total time: 120 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
By Cookist
Beef (1 large slice)
800 grams
Ground pork
300 grams
100 grams
Caciocavallo cheese
100 grams
Pecorino cheese
30 grams
30 grams (⅓ cup)
Tomato sauce
300 ml (1 cup and ⅓)
Vegetable broth
200 ml (almost 1 cup) 
Extra virgin olive oil
60 ml (¼ cup)
as much as is needed
as much as is needed 

Here’s to you a rich and tasty second course, the falsomagro (fake lean) typical of the Sicilian gastronomic tradition. It is a roll of beef which, once cooked slowly and over a low flame, reveals a delicious and stringy filling only at the moment of cutting; hard-boiled eggs, minced pork, mortadella, pecorino cheese and caciocavallo cheese. All flavored with a tomato sauce which, having absorbed the taste of the meat, can be also used as a delicious sauce for pasta. An important recipe with guaranteed success, perfect for Sunday lunch or a party occasion, which will conquer everyone. So let’s find out how to make the falsomagro in a few simple steps.

How to prepare the falsomagro

Collect the eggs in a saucepan with cold water 1, then put on the heat and cook for 8 minutes starting from boiling; drain them, pass them under cold running water and then shell them.

Take the slice of beef and beat it gently with a meat tenderizer, to give it the most uniform thickness possible 2. Salt and pepper lightly.

Mix the minced meat with the grated pecorino cheese and breadcrumbs 3.

Spread the dough on the beef, forming a fairly even layer 4.

Cover with the slices of mortadella 5.

Distribute the eggs cut into quarters 6 and then the caciocavallo cheese cut into strips.

Roll up the roast and tie it with a rather tight kitchen string 7.

Heat the oil in a pan, arrange the roast 8 and brown it well on all sides.

When the meat is well sealed, add the tomato sauce 9 and the broth, cover with a lid and cook over low heat for about 1 hour.

Once cooked, turn off the heat and let the roast cool. Remove the kitchen string, transfer it to a serving dish, garnish with the chopped parsley and serve hot, cut into slices 10.


The falsomagro can be preserved in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a maximum of 2 days.

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