Butterflied flank steak rubbed with a garlicky chili rub, then layered with roasted green chilies and pepper jack cheese gets rolled, sliced, and grilled until smoky and charred.
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Grilling and pesto are two of the quintessential flavors of summer. Here we combine the two by slathering a butterflied flank steak with fresh pesto, then layering it with mozzarella and prosciutto before slicing it into pinwheels and grilling it over hot coals.
Negimaki—grilled beef rolled around scallions and grilled with a sweet and savory teriyaki-style glaze—is one of my favorite Japanese appetizers. Here we've Super Mario mushroom'd it to full main course-sized proportions, stuffing a butterflied flank steak with an aromatic scallion-ginger oil before grilling it over hot coals and serving with a teriyaki sauce.
Inspired by the classic New Orleans muffuletta sandwich, we roll a butterflied flank steak with prosciutto, capicola, mortadella, provolone, and a punchy olive salad, then slice it into colorful pinwheels that get grilled over a hot fire.
Ropa vieja, the classic Cuban dish of shredded stewed beef flavored with a vinegary tomato and pepper sauce, is a natural choice for the slow cooker, stewed all day and served with rice and beans.
Offering an update on traditional pesto, this minty rendition finishes marinated, grilled flank steak and is served with roasted golden beets.
Whenever I'm looking for a side dish to pair with steak, my mind tends to gravitate toward mushrooms, since the two are such a fantastic pair. The only problem is a visual one: both are brown, making for a monochromatic dish. Steakhouses solve this problem by adding a completely unnecessary sprig of parsley; I decided to go all in and add as much green as possible, in the form of a lime-heavy pumpkin seed pesto.
Jeanne Kelley's marinated and grilled flank steak with arugula salad comes from the "Spring" chapter in her new Kitchen Garden Cookbook. But with its clean flavors and almost effortless preparation, the dish lands squarely in the realm of summer cooking. What really makes this dish stand out is not the arugula—the real winner is Kelley's exotic, tangy sumac and lemon mixture, which performs double duty as marinade and salad dressing.
Flank steak is marinated in red wine vinaigrette and served with basil butter corn and grilled nectarines drizzled with honey and stuffed with blue cheese.
For a big, rollicking holiday meal, a large beef or pork roast serves as an excellent centerpiece. But for those with a smaller holiday table, a more diminutive entree is warranted. Bruce Aidell's Spinach and Gorgonzola-Stuffed Flank Steak from The Great Meat Cookbook is just the ticket. The stuffing is a snap to throw together but full of funky blue cheese and earthy spinach. Since the cheese makes the filling sticky, it stays put when rolled up into a pounded (or butterflied) flank steak. A quick sear and 25 minutes of roasting later, and the elegant, yet reasonably-sized holiday roast can be on the table.
Picked out solely because I had some leftover flank steak in the fridge, this recipe from Grace Young's The Breath of a Wok turned out to be one of those great finds I can't wait to make again. (Actually, I've already made it twice in the past three days.) Though there is no spice, the pepper-laden sauce is a gusty pairing for the finely sliced beef. Balanced by the slightly sweet onions and bell peppers, the dish is whipped up quickly and fairly simply.
While serving up this Arugula, Garlic & Green Onion Stuffed Flank Steak last weekend, a friend of mine dubbed it an Argentine braciole. It was an astute observation considering the sizable Italian contingent in Argentina and after some research, the Argentine-Italian connection was even more apparent. Just like an Italian-American braciole, stuffed flank steak or matambre (that's hunger killer en español) can be filled with everything from rice to eggs, beans or veggies.
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[Photographs: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] About the author: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt is the Chief Creative Officer of Serious Eats where he likes to explore the science of home cooking in his weekly column The Food Lab. You can follow him at...
You can go all out and serve these fajitas restaurant-style with grilled peppers and onions, but that's just gilding the lily--well-cooked meat doesn't need much more than a squeeze of lime, some chopped onions and cilantro, and s bit of fresh salsa.
Note: Leftover sauce can be stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container indefinitely. For an even more tiki experience, serve the skewers on top of grilled pineapple slices with maraschino cherries....
I've already outed my shameful seafood aversion. Yes, I am "that guy" who relies on teriyaki and tempura at standard Japanese restaurants. I switch it up sometimes though, getting negimaki—scallions wrapped around thinly sliced flank steak in a teriyaki sauce—thinking of it as "meat sushi" so I fit in better with all my raw seafood eating comrades.
This flank steak is rubbed with chili for heat, sugar for sweetness, coffee for bitterness, pepper for spice, and salt. Together, with the char of a hot grill, the result is a juicy sliced steak with a complex and flavorful crust.