Saturday, December 7, 2013

Steak Roulade with Horseradish Crust

It's the it's time to step up your game in the kitchen. Today's recipe, from The Food Network, let's you do that. The flavors and presentation are stunning, yet the preparation is nowhere as complex as the end result would suggest.

Also, this recipe is easy on the pocketbook. The flank steak delivers huge beef flavor while costing but a fraction per pound compared to sirloin. Most of the other ingredients are waiting in your pantry.

We're talking about 45 minutes of prep and another 55 minutes of cook time (actually, 45 minutes of cook time and 10 minutes of rest before serving). It's a spectacular entree that will knock the socks off of your guests! This recipe serves four.


For the Steak
2 red bell peppers, stemmed, halved lengthwise and seeded
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 leek, white and light-green parts only, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
One, 2 1/4-to-2 1/2-pound flank steak, trimmed
1/2 pound sliced provolone cheese (about 8 slices)

For the Crust
3/4 cup breadcrumbs
3 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons drained horseradish
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper


1. Prepare the stuffing for the steak: Preheat the broiler and place the peppers cut-side down on a foil-lined broiler pan. Broil until the skin is charred, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, cover with a plate and set aside until cool enough to handle. Peel the peppers with your fingers or a paring knife. If necessary, lightly rinse to remove any remaining skin and pat dry.

2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the leek and garlic and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the parsley and season with salt and pepper. Let cool.

3. Gently pound the steak with the flat side of a mallet or heavy skillet until 1/4 inch thick. Lay out on a cutting board with the long side facing you and season with salt and pepper. Place the roasted peppers evenly over the meat, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Top with the cheese slices, then the leek mixture. Roll the meat away from you into a tight cylinder, tucking in the filling as you roll.

4. Make the crust: Mix the breadcrumbs, rosemary, parsley, horseradish, olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste in a medium bowl until moistened. Brush the steak roll with a bit of olive oil and press the breadcrumb mixture over the top and sides. Tie the roll with twine in three or four places, making sure it's not too tight (you want the crust to stay intact).

5. Place the steak roll on a rack in a roasting pan and roast until the crust is golden and a thermometer inserted into the center registers 130 degrees for medium-rare, about 45 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Carefully cut off the twine, then slice the roll crosswise into 1-inch pieces. 

Wine Pairing: Cabernet Sauvignon

Best wishes to Kathy Pinkham for a speedy recovery!!

1 comment:

  1. Looks awesome! Found my Christmas Entree! Question: "...a thermometer inserted into the center registers 130 degrees for medium-rare" Are we measuring the temp of the meat or of the filling?