Flank Steak Roll w/ Spinich

On a quest to eat better, or I should say “cleaner”, I’ve been digging through recipes I found on this awesome website – Clean Eating Magazine.  Although Bill usually goes back for seconds, he went back raving this was a gourmet meal and it was so good that I had to make it again.  I paired this with Brussels Sprouts Roasted in Coconut Oil.  For those of you who can’t stand Brussels Sprouts (Fingers pointed at Me!) try it just once and I hope you’ll be as amazed as I am.
Photo Credit:  Clean Eating

Flank Steak Roll
Flank steak is low in fat, high in protein, and fairly easy to cook.  This recipe is easy to make something that looks complicated but taste SO DELICIOUS!! 

Serves: 4
Hands-on time: 25 minutes.
Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes.

Ingredients:
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat panko
  • 1 tbsp pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 flank steak (1 lb), trimmed of visible fat
  • 3 oz spinach leaves (about 6 cups)

Equipment:

  • Kitchen string

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange a rack in a baking pan and coat with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, combine panko, nuts, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper flakes. Set aside.
  3. Place steak on a work surface. Holding a sharp knife (ideally a carving knife with a thinner blade than a chef’s knife) parallel to the work surface and positioned along 1 of the longer sides, cut steak almost in half horizontally, so it opens like a book. Spread steak open with “spine of book” parallel to you.
  4. Sprinkle panko mixture evenly over steak, leaving a 1-inch border along the farthest edge. Arrange spinach on top of panko mixture. Beginning with the closest edge, roll steak up, gently pressing down on spinach. Rotate steak roll so it’s vertical to you and tie crosswise at 1-inch intervals with kitchen string. Place steak on rack in prepared baking pan and bake until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of steak registers 150°F for medium doneness, about 35 minutes, or 130°F for medium rare, about 30 minutes. Transfer steak roll to a cutting board, loosely cover with foil and let rest for 10 minutes (internal temperature will continue to rise to about 160°F for medium and 140°F for medium rare).
    **Other alternatives for spinach:  Arugula (mustardy/sharp flavor), Chard, or Kale.  I think I’m going to try with Chimichurri or Pesto next time around.
  5. Remove foil and string and carefully cut steak crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Serve drizzled with any juices accumulated on cutting board.
Nutrients per 4 oz flank steak roll: Calories: 230, Total Fat: 11 g, Sat. Fat: 3.5 g, Carbs: 8 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 0 g, Protein: 26 g, Sodium: 220 mg, Cholesterol: 40 mg

Thank you Clean Eating Magazine!

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