Friday, January 14, 2011

You can stuff my steak any day!

I am still impressed by this tasty little rolled up gem that I made last night.  It was so creamy, salty, garlicky and delicious that I will never be able to look at a piece of flank steak the same way again.

What you'll need:

1 fairly thick london broil or flank steak
6-12 cloves garlic (more or less depending on how much you love garlic)
1 large handful of baby spinach
1 cup of your favorite white melty creamy cheese (I used the mexican Cajeta cheese, but anything from mozzarella to gruyere would work perfectly)
2 tablespoons Capers (optional)
Olive Oil
Toothpicks or Butchers Twine

First rub your whole garlic cloves with olive oil and place on a baking sheet.  Put them in the oven at 400 degrees for about 15 - 20 minutes or until nice and toasted.  I flipped mine over half way through.  The smaller ones got a little more dried out, but they still tasted just as good. Your house will smell like so much garlic goodness by the time you take them out of the oven, its was wonderful!

While those are roasting, take your sharpest knife and butterfly your steak.  Just take your time, this was actually my first time butterflying a large steak like this.  I did cut through a little in the center, but it wasn't that big of a deal.  Just go slow and you'll do fine!

Place your spinach, capers, and if you're using a crumbly cheese into a bowl.  If using a cheese more like mozzarella, cut into slices, and set aside.  Once your garlic has finished roasting, allow to cool and chop into pieces.  No need to mince to fine. Using about 10 garlic gloves was fairly garlicky, so if you aren't a big garlic lover, maybe cut it down to 5 or 6 cloves.    Add your yummy garlic into the bowl with spinach, capers, and cheese and toss until well combined.  Evenly spread your filling over steak.

Now grab one end of your steak and begin to roll.  You may have to tuck spinach and cheese as you roll.  Stick toothpicks through end and to hold together and place roll on the baking sheet you roasted your garlic on.

Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 20 - 30 minutes depending on how done you like your meat.  We like medium rare, but I was nervous and left mine in the oven closer to 30 minutes.  It was a little too long so the meat was more done than we like, but still tasted great!

Cut into 2 inch slices and serve with steamed veggies, rice, or potatoes. Enjoy!

PS. Don't forget the red wine =)

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