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Flank Steak Pinwheels Recipe

Flank Steak Pinwheels Recipe

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. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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
  • CREAM CHEESE SAUCE:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied Red Wine

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