Flank Steak at Full Potential


Flank Primal
The flank steak is a cut taken from the bottom abdominal area of an animal. It's a lean, hard-working muscle that is sometimes confused with the skirt steak, but is thicker and wider. It's known for it's bold, beefy flavor, but can sometimes be hard to find at the meat counter. 
This recipe by Nealey Dozier takes the flank steak to its fullest potential, combining the tangy cut with salty prosciutto and melted cheese. It can be done in the oven or on the grill, and recommends the use of a cast iron.

Balsamic Marinated Stuffed Flank Steak

 

Honest Beef Marinated & Stuffed Flank Steak

Servings: 2-4, thekitchn.com, image credit Nealey Dozier

INGREDIENTS FOR MARINADE

  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and lsiced
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 (2- to 3-lb) flank steak

INGREDIENTS FOR STUFFING

  • 3oz prosciutto
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • 1 cup spinach, basil, or arugula
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  • Neutral cooking oil, such as canola

PREPARATION

For the marinade, combine balsamic vinegar, Dijon, and garlic in a blender and puree until smooth. With the machine running, slowly pour in the oil until thick and creamy. Season with salt and pepper.

Transfer the mixture to a plastic zip-top bag (or vacuum seal) and add the flank steak. Remove excess air and refrigerate, turning occasionally, for a minimum of 4 hours and up to 24 hours.

Remove the flank steak from the marinade and pat dry, discarding the marinade. Arrange the steak on a clean work surface so the long edge runs perpendicular to you. Using a sharp knife and cutting parallel to your work surface, butterfly the steak in half lengthwise. Make sure not to cut all the way through. (Leave a 1/2- to 1/4-inch portion along the edge.) Fold open the meat like you would a book and gently flatten the seam to form a rectangle. Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound the steak to a 1/4-inch thickness.

Arrange the meat on a work surface with the grain running north and south. (You want to roll the steak this way so that when it is cut, you slice it perpendicular to the grain.) Lightly season the top with salt and pepper. Lay the prosciutto slices in an even layer parallel to the grain, leaving a one-inch space at the top edge. Next add the provolone, followed by the spinach.

Start rolling the flank steak away from you (south to north), making sure to keep it as compact as possible as you roll. Once rolled, tie the stuffed roll in regular intervals with kitchen twine and season the outside with salt and pepper. (At this point the rolled flank steak can be refrigerated for up to two days.)

To cook the steak the oven: Preheat oven to 350°F. Add a few tablespoons oil to a large cast iron or oven-proof skillet and heat on medium-high to high until smoking. Add the rolled flank steak to the pan and sear until deep golden brown on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the oven and continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer reads 125°F in the middle of the roll, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and tent loosely with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Snip the strings and cut steak into 1/2 to 3/4-inch slices.

To cook the steak on the grill: Place a large cast iron skillet in the grill, close lid, and turn all burners on high for 12 to 15 minutes. Keep half of the burners on high heat and turn remaining burners down to low. (Make sure the skillet is over the high burners.) Add the rolled flank steak to the pan, close the grill, and sear until deep golden brown on all sides, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the skillet to the cooler side of the grill, cover, and adjust heat to maintain a grill temperature of 325°F to 350°F.

Cook the steak on the grill until an instant read thermometer reads 125°F in the middle of the roll, about 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and tent loosely with aluminum foil. Allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Snip the strings and cut steak into 1/2 to 3/4-inch slices.

Recipe Notes

  • A cast iron is not completely necessary on the grill, but it allows for even searing and prevents cheese from dripping through the grates, which can cause flare ups.

This recipe was originally published June 2014.

Honest Beef Marinated & Stuffed Flank Steak


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