Just getting started…..

So probably the last thing this world needs is another food blog…and the last thing I need is something else to do.  What with my full time job, my two kids, keeping house, being in the Coast Guard Reserve and my new part-time job.  But here goes…my first post!

Flank Steak Pinwheels

I got inspired to make this after seeing a similar recipe on Pinterest (original recipe here: http://www.recipe.com/stuffed-flank-steak/).  I wanted to use up a bag of spinach I had sitting in my refrigerator, so I swapped out the frozen spinach for fresh and used feta cheese instead of blue cheese (my husband hates blue cheese).  The results were tasty and delicious!  Here is what I came up with:

1. Sautee the bag of fresh spinach with some chopped garlic:

 

It should look like this – don’t over cook it since it will get more cooking time in the oven.

tumblr_inline_myzqr6jmyP1swhz49

 

2. In a mixing bowl, place sauteed spinach, chopped roasted red peppers, feta cheese, egg and breadcrumbs.  Mix until combined.

tumblr_inline_myzqtuBlHl1swhz49

 

3. On a clean cutting board, pound out your flank steak until about 1/2 inch in thickness.  You can pound it thinner if you’d like.  Season liberally with salt and pepper.

tumblr_inline_myzqxkhsVM1swhz49

 

4. Spread spinach/red pepper/cheese mixture over the top of the steak, leaving about an inch border.  There will probably be some left over, but it will be good to stuff in chicken breasts for later.

tumblr_inline_myzr2kCk2g1swhz49

 

5. Starting with the short end of the steak, roll the steak tucking the filling inside while you roll.  This is probably the messiest part!  When done – tie the rolled steak with kitchen twine.  If you don’t have kitchen twine, close with toothpicks

tumblr_inline_myzr4yYWRg1swhz49

 

6. In a hot pan, place a tablespoon or two of extra virgin olive oil.  Sear the flank steak on all sides until browned.

tumblr_inline_myzr8kCMuz1swhz49

 

7. Place in a pre-heated 400 degree oven and bake for about 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and let rest for 5-7 minutes before slicing.  Remove twine before slicing.  Serve over rice and enjoy!

tumblr_inline_myzrb2iCaD1swhz49

 

tumblr_inline_myzrb9BIwg1swhz49

 

Here’s the entire recipe:

Flank Steak Pinwheels

Ingredients

1 – 2 lb flank steak
1 – 9 oz bag of fresh spinach
2 – garlic cloves (chopped)
2 – roasted red peppers (chopped)
1 – 6 oz package of crumbled feta cheese
1 – egg
1/3 cup panko bread crumbs
salt
pepper
olive oil

In a medium skillet, sautee spinach and garlic.  Do not overcook as it will cook more in the oven.  In a large mixing bowl, mix sauteed spinach and garlic, chopped roasted red peppers, feta cheese, egg and bread crumbs.  Lay the flank steak flat on a cutting board and pound to desired thickness.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spread the filling over the top of the flank steak leaving about a 1 inch border.  Roll the steak beginning with the short end.  Tie kitchen twine around the roll or use toothpicks to close the seam.  In a hot oven-proof skillet, sear the steak roll in a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil until brown on all sides.  Place the skillet into a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.  Remove from oven and let stand for 5 minutes.  Slice and serve!

Alternatives – the filling is extremely versatile.  Other ideas to mix up the filling would be to swap out the feta cheese for goat cheese, cheddar cheese or cream cheese with herbs.  You could also use sun dried tomatoes or artichokes (chop fine).  You are only limited by your imagination!

Funny note: My 4 year old hates green vegetables but loves chives.  She asked if the spinach was chives and I told a little white lie.  She loved it!