Tue 6 Sep 2016
Great recipe idea with the use of Ember cooked Asparagus and Flank Steak. While the pinwheels can be cooked on the Charcoal/LP-Gas grill or even in the oven!
- Ember cooked Asparagus (see previous blog)
- 2-3 lbs of Flank Steak
- 4 oz of Spinach leaves
- Olive Oil or Pesto
- 4 oz of Mozzarella cheese
- Pepper and Sea Salt for taste
If grilling on Charcoal or LP/Gas grill use “Double” Filet wood Chunks to add some additional flavour!
Preparing the Flank Steak
The ideal is to pound out the flank steak with a meat mallet to help tenderize it. I like to coat my flank steak with olive oil, fresh ground pepper and kosher salt and place in plastic wrap to marinate for at least 6 hours but I prefer marinate overnight. Once marinated, I can begin to assemble with the other ingredients.
Assembling the Pinwheels
Lay out the flank steak and place the spinach leaves overlapping them as you go. Now take the halved asparagus stalks and layer them next. Last, load on the mozzarella cheese and then season with salt and pepper. Remember, if the mozzarella is not fresh, it will have some salt to it so be careful when adding additional salt. Now, staring on the long end of the steak, begin rolling inward, tucking in the filling as you go. Once completely rolled, take 6 inch lengths of pre-cut meat twine and tie around the rolled flank steak about every 2-inches. These sections will become the individual serving sizes. Cut the steak between the twine ties and lay each cut piece of steak on a baking sheet.
Cooking the Pinwheels
Cook the pinwheels on a baking sheet or pan for approximately 30 minutes. Flank steak will render a lot of juice so you may want to use a roasting rack in the pan. Once the mozzarella cheese becomes golden brown, you’ll be ready to remove from the oven. Let sit for 5-10 minutes then serve.
This is just one combination of flavors that work well with the flank steak and
ember roasted asparagus. Other winning combinations include artichoke heart, roasted red peppers, kale, even quinoa if you want to added a grain texture.
Flank steak pinwheels with ember roasted asparagus – just one of the wonderful ways to use fresh asparagus this season.
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