Flank Steak Pinwheels Recipe
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Flank Steak Pinwheels Recipe

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The secret to these pretty flank steak pinwheels lies in their butterfly treatment. Because the steaks are flattened, marinade isn’t need. Instead, they’re filled with a colorful stuffing of red pepper and spinach and draped with a flavorful, homemade blue cheese sauce.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 8 bacon strips
  • 1 beef flank steak (1-1/2 pounds)
  • 4 cups fresh baby spinach
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese

Nutritional Facts

2 each: 509 calories, 34g fat (17g saturated fat), 138mg cholesterol, 812mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 43g protein.


  1. Place bacon strips on a microwave-safe plate lined with paper towels. Cover with another paper towel; microwave on high for 2-3 minutes or until partially cooked.
  2. Meanwhile, cut steak horizontally from a long side to within 1/2 in. of opposite side. Open meat so it lies flat; cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to 1/4-in. thickness. Remove plastic. Place spinach over steak to within 1 in. of edges; top with red peppers.
  3. With the grain of the meat going from left to right, roll up jelly-roll style. Wrap bacon strips around beef; secure with toothpicks. Slice beef across the grain into eight slices.
  4. Grill, covered, over medium heat 5-7 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Discard toothpicks.
  5. In a small saucepan, combine cream cheese, milk, butter and pepper. Cook and stir over low heat just until smooth (do not boil). Stir in blue cheese. Serve with pinwheels. Yield: 4 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested in a 1,100-watt microwave.
Originally published as Flank Steak Pinwheels in Simple & Delicious May/June 2006, p56

Full-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied red wine such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot or Syrah.

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lizard.martini User ID: 6652683 136614
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"This is pretty easy to do and very tasty. We've made variations on this idea and they are all yummy!"

audramoraga User ID: 2537433 155476
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"this recipe is definately a winner! The only thing I have to remember when having guests to serve this to is 'do you like blue cheese?' And even if the answer is no, a garlic/herb butter to melt on top tastes fantastic as well! Highly recommend this dish!"

ptuck User ID: 1974568 139645
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2009

"Wonderful recipe. My family and guests loved it. It's a definite keeper!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 2058167 68943
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2008

"I made this recipe with a boneless leg of lamb roast. It was absolutely delicious. I will definitely make this again."

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