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 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 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 139645
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2009

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

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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