Sunday, January 16, 2011

Stuffed "Muffuletta" Flank Steak

Oh my, it's been a while since we last surfaced! So yeah, belated Happy New Year to all! ;D

Some of you may remember the muffuletta we made about two years ago. (Wow, it's been that long?!)

Oh, wait, you don't?

That towering muffuletta sandwich has salami, mortadella, Provolone cheese, and most importantly, an "olive salad".

The mere thought of that olive salad is enough to make my mouth water.

I mean, just look at that! The olive salad is a mixture of green olives, black olives, roasted bell peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, some garlic, some dried oregano, lemon juice and olive oil. Oh, and some parsley too.

So, when we had some flank steak sitting in the fridge, we thought, "Why not stuff it with the muffuletta flavors that we love?" And so we did.

I semi-butterflied the flank to even out the thickness, then layered a few pieces of salami, mortadella and Provolone cheese near one end. A generous amount of olive salad went on top of those ingredients, then I rolled the beef and tied it up.

My first attempt at butterflying flank steak resulted in some tears and such. Oops.

I seared the outside of the rolled flank, then finished it in the oven. As you can see, the Provolone oozed out a bit from the tears in the meat. But, no biggie.

We already know we love these muffuletta flavors, so it was no surprise that this dish was a success! Really, that olive salad is killer.

One little flank like that did not actually last until dinnertime; we treated it as an afternoon snack.

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Stuffed "Muffuletta" Flank Steak

1 piece flank steak
salami, sliced
mortadella, sliced
Provolone cheese, sliced
olive salad (recipe below)

Preheat oven to 350F/374F.

Butterfly and/or pound the flank steak until even in width. Place slices of Provolone cheese, salami and mortadella near one end of the steak. Spread the olive salad (use as much or as little as you wish) on top of the other stuffing ingredients. Roll flank steak and tie with butcher's twine to make a roast.

Heat a pan over high heat, add a little bit of oil and sear the flank roast on all sides until brown. Place browned roast in the preheated oven for 20 to 30 minutes, or until desired doneness.

Let sit for a few minutes, slice, and serve.

Olive Salad
part of the Muffuletta recipe in America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook

1 cup green olives, pitted and chopped
1 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 ounces jarred roasted red peppers, drained and chopped (1/2 cup)
4 ounces oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup minced parsley
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 garlic clove, minced

Mix, cover and refrigerate (8 to 24 hours).


  1. Ben & Suanne:
    Thanks! =)

    Teehee... thanks. I'm thinking, who needs the bread when you have beef?! ;)

    Thanks. I've been enjoying your posts in Mexico!

  2. That looks so delicious you guys! Mmmmmm...OLIVES!

  3. excellent work! Reminds me of the matambres that are such a part of Argentine cuisine - also probably influenced by Italian immigrants, I guess. Perfect color on the steak also.

  4. Jenn:
    Oh yeah... those OLIVES! =) I'll be very interested to see your olives when they finish curing!

    Thanks! I learned about matambres not too long ago, even putting it on my list of "things to make".

  5. oh yum yum yum yum, i must try this olive salad! and what a roll! i haven't tried rolling anything before T_T

  6. Those steak rolls are just packed with flavour!

  7. Oh my goodness this looks amazingly good! I actually want to eat this right through my screen.

  8. Oh, my goodness. Really good for my lunch today. Now craving.....

  9. M-Rita:
    Hehe, I look forward to the day you roll/stuff some meat! =)

    Thanks! Those muffuletta flavors worked really well.

    Haha... Maybe in the next few years that technology will be available. ;)



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