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Spinach and Gorgonzola-Stuffed Flank Steak

Spinach and Gorgonzola-Stuffed Flank Steak
Spinach and Gorgonzola-Stuffed Flank Steak

Spinach and Gorgonzola-Stuffed Flank Steak

When stuffed, rolled, and tied, a flank steak can serve as a roast. A relatively lowcost cut, flank gains points for elegance when stuffed with a flavorful cheese and spinach filling. When the meat is sliced, the pretty pinwheels make a great presentation. This is easy enough to put together on a weeknight or for quick entertaining. The recipe is from my coauthor, Anne-marie Ramo. Besides Gorgonzola, you can use any full-flavored blue cheese; my favorite is Rogue River Blue from Rogue Creamery. Or use goat cheese or any other soft cheese that suits your fancy. Ask your butcher to butterfly the steak for you, or do it yourself following the instructions below. Or, if your steak is already very thin, use a meat mallet to pound it thinner.
Servings 6 people

Ingredients
  

  • 0.680-1 kg flank steak trimmed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 shallot finely chopped
  • 1 pound spinach washed, stemmed, and chopped
  • 1 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • ½ pound Gorgonzola or other blue cheese crumbled
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • To butterfly the steak: Using a long sharp knife, holding it parallel to the work surface, cut through one long side of the steak, stopping about ½ inch from the opposite side. Open up the steak as you would a book. (Don’t worry if you made a hole or two in the meat, because it will be concealed when you roll up the steak.) Or, if the steak is already thin, don’t butterfly it; just pound it with a meat mallet to ¼ to ½ inch thick. Set aside.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the shallot and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach and cook until just wilted, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a strainer.
  • When it is cool enough to handle, squeeze out all of the moisture from the spinach. You should have about 1 cup of spinach. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the bread crumbs and cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Place the steak on a sheet of plastic wrap with a long side of the steak facing you.
  • Smear the spinach mixture evenly over the steak, leaving a 1-inch border along the edge farthest from you. Beginning with the side nearest you and using the plastic wrap as an aid, roll up the steak, gently pressing on the filling, then tie the rolled steak with butcher’s twine at 2- to 3-inch intervals.
  • Season the outside with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large roasting pan or ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the roast on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Place in the oven and roast for 25 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the roast reads 120°F to 125°F for medium-rare. Transfer to a cutting board, tent with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • To serve, remove the string from the steak and cut into ½- to ¾-inch-thick slices.
  • Alternative Cuts: Double-butterflied fillet for method); bottom sirloin flap steak (bavette), butterflied and pounded to about ½ inch thick; or grass-fed flank steak or double-butterflied grass-fed tenderloin.

Notes

Cook’s Notes
Be sure to choose a flank steak that is of even thickness throughout to ensure
consistent cooking.
Do not tie the roast too tightly. The twine should hold the roast together but not
constrict it.
This is a great recipe for grass-fed flank steak, because the stuffing supplies
richness and moisture.
Keyword Spinach, Gorgonzola, Stuffed, Flank Steak

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