This colorful beef dish was always a favorite request for birthday dinners while i was growing up. Savory, special and stuffed full of vegetables, it's as tender as the memories it still brings back every time I make it. -Julie Etzel Tualatin, Oregon
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VERIFIED BY Taste of Home Test Kitchen
- 1 beef flank steak (about 1-1/2 pounds)
- 1/8 teaspoon plus 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 4 bacon strips, diced
- 3 leeks (white portion only), sliced
- 1-1/2 cups chopped sweet yellow pepper
- 1-1/2 cups chopped celery, divided
- 1/2 pound baby spinach, torn
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 medium onion, cut into wedges
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 2 teaspoons tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- Cut steak horizontally from a long side to within 1/2 in. of opposite side. Open steak so it lies flat; cover with plastic wrap. Flatten to 1/4-in. thickness. Remove plastic; sprinkle steak with 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Set aside. In a skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove to paper towels. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
- In the drippings, saute leeks, yellow peppers and 1 cup celery until tender. Stir in spinach, thyme, basil and bacon. Spoon over meat to within 1/2 in. of edges. Roll up tightly jelly-roll style, starting with a long side. Tie with kitchen string.
- Rub steak with garlic and remaining salt. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil on all sides. Place in a greased shallow roasting pan. Add onion and remaining celery. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over steak. Cover loosely with foil.
- Bake at 350° for 1 hour. Baste with drippings. Bake, uncovered, 15 minutes longer or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a meat thermometer should read 145°, medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Let stand for 10-15 minutes. Remove string and slice. Discard bay leaf; thicken juices if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Stuffed Flank Steak in Taste of Home December/January 2005, p41