Monday, July 5, 2010

Flank Steak Pinwheels

Hi all, hope everyone had a great 4th of July. Yesterday we made a great dinner! Found the recipe in a magazine and kind of mixed it up a bit and made it our own. This is basically a stuffed piece of flank steak! We grilled/baked it on the grill and it was great!

Flank steak, butterflied
1 cup sun dried tomato pesto
2 bags of fresh spinach (when cooked it pretty much goes down to nothing)
1 16 oz pkg of white mushrooms, sliced
2 cloves of garlic, sliced
1 tsp crushed red peppers
1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
1/2 cup green olives, chopped
2 cups mixed italian cheeses, shredded
1 pkg hot/spicy sliced pepperoni

Marinade for the flank steak

1/2 cup dry red wine
1/2 cup soy sauce, low sodium
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp crushed red peppers
1 tsp black pepper
2 tbsp garlic

In a ziploc bag, mix the ingredients for the marinade together. Place the butterflied flank steak in the bag and let sit for 2 - 3 hours. In a large sauce pan, saute the mushrooms, garlic, and spinach until all are cooked through. Add a tsp crushed red peppers to the mixture. Take the steak from the marinade and lay flat. Take the sundried tomato paste and spread out as your first layer on the steak. Add a layer of cheese. Then add the spinach mushroom mixture. You are basically creating a pizza. Then add an olive layer, then the last layer will be the pepperoni. Very carefully, take one end of the flank steak and begin rolling, making sure you try to keep as much of the filling in tack as possible. Once you have rolled the entire steak up, (it looks like a pinwheel), you can either secure it with a metal skewer, or do what Dave did and tie it up with string. He took white cotton string and just wrapped it all around the steak, from one end to the other (which you will need two people to do this). The string actually helped keep all of the stuffing on the inside as well.

He flash grilled it on high heat, about 15 minutes (7 minutes on each side_ just to get the grill marks, then turned the grill to medium low to technically bake it until it was cooked through (about 45 minutes). This way the meat wouldn't burn. All in all, it took about an hour to cook.

This was fantastic.

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