Stuffed Flank Steak with Spinach [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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Stuffed Flank Steak with Spinach and Blue Cheese is packed with garlic, caramelized onions and walnuts. A very easy and flavorful dinner ready in less than one hour. Also, check out the recipe video below for a quick step by step tutorial

If you are looking for a gourmet steak meal with a twist, this is the right recipe for you! For a complete meal, pair it with Mac and Cheese, Creamy Mashed Potatoes, or Steamed Broccoli

Stuffed Flank Steak with Spinach and Blue Cheese

Easy Baked Stuffed Flank Steak

Stuffed Flank Steak is my new go-to dinner because it is very easy to make and has endless flavor combos! Spinach Blue Cheese Stuffed Flank Steak is the latest combo we have tried and my whole family fell in love with it. Thi dish is stuffed with a mixture of caramelized onions, lots of minced garlic, spinach and blue cheese.

After being cooked to juicy perfection, the flank steak is served with a refreshing Chimichurri Sauce. This will balance the rich blue cheese flavor. This easy to make meal involves minimum prep work while producing a great dinner that can be served on special occasions or busy weeknights!

Why You’ll Love This Spinach Blue Cheese Flank Steak Recipe:

  • Very easy to make, requires very little prep work
  • A budget-friendly meal that can be served on special occasions
  • The filling can be made in advance to save you time
  • Flavorful and juicy, always a winner at the dinner table!

Why Use a Flank Steak for this recipe?

The flank is a single, boneless, thin piece of muscle located behind the rib cage, beneath the loin, and in front of the rear legs.  It usually weighs between one/two pounds.

Because this cut of meat is thin, it takes very well to marinades, making it tender and flavorful and it’s also very easy to roll.

Stuffed Flank Steak Recipe

How to make Spinach Stuffed Flank Steak?

  1. Saute the spinach: In a nonstick skillet, saute onion and garlic. Then, add the spinach. Once done, transfer the mixture to a bowl, and add crushed walnuts, blue cheese, and mix to combine. 
  2. Butterfly and stuff the steak: Flatten the steak to about 1/2-inch the thickness and then, spread evenly the stuffing over it.
  3. Roll it: Carefully roll it, and tie with kitchen string, and brush with olive oil. 
  4. Bake: Lastly bake and let it rest for a few minutes prior to serving. 
  5. Serve it: This is a delicious and flavorful meal on its own. We love topping it with our homemade chimichurri sauce

Can I stuff the steak with other cheeses?

Blue Cheese is amazing in this recipe, BUT if you are not a fan, you can replace it with Feta Cheese or Goat Cheese. Also, you can use mozzarella cheese for this Stuffed Flank Steak recipe.

HOW LONG DO YOU COOK STUFFED FLANK STEAK

We like cooking it at a higher temperature to lock in the juices and make it extra crispy on the outside. Our cooking time is at 425 degrees F for about 35 minutes, followed by an additional 5-10 minutes of broiling. 

Also, once cooked, it is important to let the steak rest for at least 5 to minutes prior to serving. 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY STEAK IS COOKED TO THE DESIRED TEMPERATURE

Everyone loves their meat cooked differently. Below you can find the internal temperature of the steak for each desired doneness. Please remember that the meat will continue to cook while it rests, and it will increase its temperature by about 5 more degrees. To check the internal meat temperature, it is best to use a meat thermometer.

  • Rare: 120 F degrees (with rest time it will increase to 125 F degrees)
  • Medium Rare: 130 F degrees (with rest time it will increase to 135 F degrees)
  • For Medium: 140 F degrees (with rest time it will increase to 145 F degrees)
  • Medium Well: 145 F degrees (with rest time it will increase to 150 F degrees)
  • Well Done: 155 F degrees (with rest time it will increase to 160 F degrees)

Stuffed Flank Steak

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Recipe Tips:

  • Use quality meat, preferably organic beef because the meat will be tastier and juicier.
  • When buying a flank steak, choose one that is as uniform in thickness as possible. Also, it is OK for it to be thicker in the center than at the ends.
  • This recipe works best with 2-pound steak as you need to butterfly it in half. Hence, the thickness of the steak is important. You can also ask your butcher to butterfly it for you.
  • This recipe tastes best when cooked to medium-rare or medium. I have family members that don’t like medium-rare meat, so I tend to cook it medium, with a light pink center.
  • If you overcook it, the meat will become tough and tasteless.
  • Also, the recipe asks for a lot of garlic, what can I do, we love garlic in my family! However, you can use less or more, based on your own preference.
  • The ground walnuts are a very nice addition, their nutty flavor complements well the blue cheese, if you don’t have any on hand, you can skip them.

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Stuffed Flank Steak with Spinach and Blue Cheese
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 1 hr

Ingredients

  • 1  (2 lb) flank steak  (butterflied)
  • 1  medium onion  (chopped)
  • 10 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 3 cups  fresh spinach  (chopped)
  • 6 oz  crumbled blue cheese 
  • 1/2 cup  ground walnuts 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  salt  (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon  black pepper  (divided)
  • 3 tablespoons  olive oil 

Top of the steak:

  • 1 tablespoon  black pepper 
  •  Twine to tie the meat 

Chimichurri Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup  parsley  (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup  cilantro  (chopped)
  • 6 cloves  garlic 
  • 3 tablespoons  red wine vinegar 
  • 1 teaspoon  crushed red pepper 
  • 1 tablespoon  oregano leaves 
  • 1/2 cup  extra virgin olive oil 
  •  salt and pepper to taste 

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 425. Butterfly the steak, look for it to be between ¼”-1/2” thick. Place it on a cutting board.
  2. If you spot parts that are unevenly thick, flatten them out with a meat mallet. Season the steak with salt and pepper and set aside.
  3. Place a medium-large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, once the oil is hot add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and starts to turn golden brown at the edges.
  4. Add chopped spinach to the skillet and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spinach is soft. Set aside to cool off.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine ground walnuts, crumbled blue cheese and the spinach mixture. Stir well to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Turn the steak so the “grain” of the steak is running left to right in front of you. Spread the spinach mixture evenly across the surface of the butterflied steak, one inch away from the sides of the steak.
  7. Starting with the side closest to you, roll the steak tightly forward, around the filling, until the roll is complete. Use twine to tie up the rolled steak about every 2 inches. If you see any filling escaping out the sides, tuck it back in.
  8. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to a 9×13 baking dish, brush the sides and bottom of the dish with the oil.
  9. Transfer the stuffed steak roll to the baking dish and using a pastry brush, brush the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil all over the surface of the steak.
  10. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 tablespoon of black pepper. Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 35 minutes. Turn the oven to broil and broil for 5-10 minutes. Watch it closely not to burn it.
  11. Remove from the oven, cover the steak with aluminum foil and allow the steak to rest for 15 minutes before removing the twine and slicing.
  12. Cut into slices with a serrated knife and serve.

Chimichurri Sauce:

  1. In a food processor, combine the parsley, cilantro, red wine vinegar, garlic, oregano and crushed red pepper. Process until smooth.

  2. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a bowl and pour the olive oil over the mixture. Let stand for at least 20 minutes.

  3. Stir and drizzle over meat.

Notes:

*35 minutes of baking + broil time, will cook the steak to a pinky medium in the center, if you want yours to be cooked further you can add a few minutes. Don't add too much time as the steak also will continue cooking while it rests.

*When you buy the steak, you can ask your butcher for twine.

0 Calories: 479 Carbohydrates: 5 Protein: 16 Fat: 44 Saturated Fat: 10 Cholesterol: 43 Sodium: 630 Potassium: 398 Fiber: 2 Sugar: 1 Vitamin A: 1990 Vitamin C: 9.1 Calcium: 207 Iron: 2.2
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Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

Oh my goodness, that is positively drool-worthy, YUM!

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Jennifer

Thanks so much for these tips! I'm so excited to try this! Looks really good!

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Meghan

Omggggg this looks so flavorful! Pinning for later!

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Erin @ The Speckled Palate

We've never stuffed a steak like this before, but after reading this, I cannot wait to give it a try!

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Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat.

That looks just incredible!! Need to make this ASAP!

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Sandi G

What a gorgeous steak...I love the colors rolled up and drizzled on top :-)

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