Spinach-Stuffed Flank Steak

Martha Stewart’s Spinach Stuffed Flank Steak

My Spinach-Stuffed Flank Steak (minus the red pepper sauce)

I have been wanting to make this recipe for a while, but wasn’t sure how Bryan would feel about it because it has a cheese that he isn’t very familiar with and it also has capers.  I offered to leave out the capers but he said he would try them.  I should have  listened to my instincts and left them out.  He tried one but he just wasn’t a fan, they were too salty for him.  I’m not one for very salty foods but I love these green little gems, probably because I love chicken piccata so much. As it turns out, Bryan really liked this recipe and said this is one we should make again.

The recipe is from Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food Magazine and it is also in her Everyday Food Cookbook “Fresh Flavor Fast” Another great recipe from here that is also naturally gluten-free!  You would be amazed how many of these recipes are naturally gluten-free or can very easily be adapted to gluten-free.

Seeing as this is a stuffed steak, it needed to be butterflied first, then stuffed with the spinach mixture and rolled up.  I always hear about people going to the grocery store and having the butcher cut their meat a certain way such as butterflied so I thought, why not give it a shot and have them do it.  I was so wrong, no pun intended here but he butchered my flank steak.  I was so upset when I got home and opened it up.  I should have taken a picture to show you all how bad it was.  It was completely uneven with some pieces being extremely thing and others looking like they hadn’t been cut.  I made the best of it for this because I didn’t want to waste the meat but not to self, next time do it myself!  However if you have a good butcher I’m sure he would do fine but this guy was complaining the whole time he was cutting this piece.  I am very much looking forward to my meat cutting class at school!

Here is how to butterfly the flank steak according to the recipe:

Butterflying the Steak: Lay the meat on a cutting board, with the grain of the steak running horizontally. Using a long sharp knife, cut the meat almost in half horizontally, opening it like a book but stopping before going all the way through.

With the steak being cut so uneven I had to adjust the cooking time a bit and despite having to put it in a few times because the middle just wasn’t cooked to our liking (it was pretty much raw – but again I blame that on the butcher and not the actual recipe its self.) it was a very tasty, easy and fairly quick dinner.  We served ours with mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.

Too add a little something extra to it I made a Red Pepper Sauce to go on the side to either drizzle on top of the steak or just to dip it in.   I used a container of Wild Veggie Red Pepper Soup as the base, added a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon fine ground pepper.  To thicken it up just a bit I added a small amount of cornstarch/water mixture.

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Spinach Stuffed Flank Steak (Martha Stewart – Everyday Food Magazine)

  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen leaf spinach, thawed

  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

  • 1/4 cup grated Asiago cheese

  • 2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • 1 garlic clove, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes

  • coarse salt and ground pepper

  • 1 small flank steak (1 pound)

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

    1. Heat broiler, with rack set 4 inches from heat. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; set aside. Place spinach in a clean kitchen towel, and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
    2. In a medium bowl, combine spinach, parsley, cheese, capers, vinegar, garlic, and red-pepper flakes. Season with salt and pepper; toss to combine. Cut and open steak.
    3. Cut several 12-inch pieces of kitchen twine; space evenly underneath steak. Spread spinach mixture down center of meat (see opposite). Roll steak over mixture, pressing firmly to compact the filling as much as possible; tie twine to secure roll. Cut roll in half crosswise. Place halves, seam side down, on prepared baking sheet; rub with oil, and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Broil until browned, 8 to 10 minutes for medium-rare; let rest, loosely covered with foil, 10 minutes. Remove string, and slice steak into 1/2-inch rounds.


    Roast Beef, Peppers and Potatoes

    If you have been following my blog you’ll notice my love for Martha Stewart’s magazine, Everyday Food.  It is by far my favorite magazine because the recipes are easy, not overly complicated, if they aren’t naturally gluten-free, they are easily adaptable and there are so many great tips in them.  My mom bought me a subscription when it was first published and over the years I have tried my best to keep up with it.  If you don’t have a subscription you can find all the recipes online, however I suggest getting one of the magazines and checking it out for yourself.

    Each time a new one comes in the mail I start flipping through it right away and marking all the recipes I want to try.  I don’t always make them right away but I eventually get around to trying my hand at them.  The recipe I made tonight comes from January/February 2007 Light edition.  The recipe was 100% gluten-free (even if it doesn’t say so in the magazine, just read the ingredients).  The only modification I made on this one was I omitted the onions.  Such a simple meal and all in one pan!  Quick, easy, great tasty and easy clean up! Bryan really liked this meal and said he wouldn’t mind having it again!

    Roast Beef, Peppers and Potatoes (Martha Stewart – Everyday Food Magazine, 2007)

    Serves 4

    • 3 red bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), cut into 1-inch-wide strips – We had red so that is all we used
    • 2 yellow bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), cut into 1-inch-wide strips – We had red so that is all we used
    • 2 medium red onions, halved and cut into 1-inch wedges – We omitted these
    • 3/4 pound white new potatoes, well scrubbed and cut into 1-inch chunks
    • 5 garlic cloves, peeled (3 left whole and 2 cut into 12 slivers)
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • Coarse salt and ground pepper
    • 2 1/2 pounds eye-of-round beef roast
    • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place peppers, onions, potatoes, and whole garlic cloves on a large rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with half the oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
    2. Using a paring knife, make 12 small slits in top and sides of roast; push in garlic slivers. Move vegetables to sides of sheet. Place beef in center, and coat with remaining oil; rub all over with 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and thyme.
    3. Roast 40 to 50 minutes, tossing vegetables occasionally, until tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into thickest part of beef registers 130 degrees for medium-rare. Let meat stand 10 minutes, loosely tented with aluminum foil to keep warm. Cut half into very thin slices (reserve remaining half for leftovers). Serve with vegetables.
    4. Cool remaining beef to room temperature; place in an airtight container, or wrap in plastic, and refrigerate.

    Read more at Marthastewart.com: Roast Beef with Peppers, Onions, and Potatoes – Martha Stewart Recipes

    Chicken Pot Pie

    It is the time of year for comfort foods!  Who doesn’t love a nice hot meal on a very chilly day?  I know I do.

    Bryan had mentioned a while back that he really liked chicken pot pie and missed it.  Me being the nice girlfriend that I am decided that I would attempt to make him one, but of course it had to be gluten free so I could also enjoy it.  I actually have never been the biggest fan of pot pies for several reasons: when I was younger I choked on the crust a bit (probably why I don’t like pies that much either and prefer crisps or crumb toppings), I HATE peas, and very much dislike cooked carrots – which are ummm three major ingredients of pot pie.  The three things I don’t like are the three things Bryan really enjoys, well at least two of them, crusts and peas.

    I searched online for some gluten free recipes to gain some inspiration and hoped to find a good crust topping.  I eventually stumbled upon a gluten free recipe from Bisquick and seeing as we have some, I would give that recipe a try. I mostly followed it, with a few minor tweaks and it came out pretty well…Bryan really liked it and honestly that is all that mattered. (You can view the original recipe HERE)

    Gluten Free Chicken Pot Pie


    2 tablespoons butter

    1 cup diced potatoes (peeled)

    2 garlic cloves

    3-4 celery stalks chopped (try to chopped all the vegetables the same size)

    2 medium carrots chopped

    1/2 cup frozen peas

    1 1/2 cups cooked chicken – cut up

    1 3/4 cup gluten free chicken broth

    1 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

    3/4 cup milk

    3 tablespoons cornstarch


    3/4 cup Bisquick Gluten Free Mix

    1/2 cup milk

    1 egg

    2 tablespoons melted butter

    1 teaspoon tried thyme (I actually used 1 tablespoon and we both thought it was too much)



    1. Heat oven to 350ºF. In 3-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add potatoes; cook, stirring frequently cook for five minutes. Stir in celery, carrots,garlic and peas, cook an additional five minutes. Add the chicken, chicken broth, salt and thyme; heat to boiling. In small bowl, mix 3/4 cup milk and the cornstarch with wire whisk until smooth; stir into chicken mixture. Heat just to boiling. Pour into ungreased 2-quart casserole.
    2. In small bowl, stir all topping ingredients with fork until blended. Season with salt and pepper. Drop topping mixture by small spoonfuls over chicken mixture. Carefully spread the topping over the entire dish (this is optional, you can just top it with the spoonfuls).
    3. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center of topping comes out clean. The topping should be a light golden brown.