Spinach and Feta Cheese Steak Rollups

27 Feb
Spinach and Feta Steak Rollups

Spinach and Feta Steak Rollups

How on earth does my mind come up with something like this? Just out of the blue! I guess I’m just getting used to “making do” with what I have in the house as I loathe shopping of any kind. Just ask my family. I really do hate shopping.

But what I do really like is coming up with some crazy idea for dinner and think yeah, the family will like this. But then when the family not only likes it, they LOVE it, I’m pretty darned happy. Even before this was finished cooking, my hubby said, “You know we can always order pizza if it isn’t good.” See, he DID have his doubts!

But doubt no more.

Oh shoot, a back story to the salted steak first. (Many ofΒ  my long-term readers know hubby is on a low-salt diet.) And a video, but you don’t have to watch it.

So somehow I came across a poor man’s video guide on the interwebz to make any tough meat tender. So, here is the video (sorry if you have to watch an ad first):

Watch here —> Poor Man’s Filet Mignon

And I also happened to watch it with hubby a few days before I made this. THEN (even with a little less now than a quarter cow in the freezer) I picked up some thin-sliced eye of round from the 50% off bin. I am a sucker for meat deals. Of course I froze it immediately. When I told hubby I brought home some store-bought beef and that it was a very tough cut, he actually got excited instead of rolling his eyes. He wanted us to test out this meat tenderizing trick.

Now, let me present to you my riff on a beef rollup stuffed with all kinds of yum. I would have liked to grill this, but it was freezing outside. Make note to cook this again on the grill when the weather is better. And yes, it came out very tender, more so than I expected! (And p.s. the family loved these!)

Spinach and Feta Steak Rollups

For the steak glaze:

Splash of olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons red wine
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 sprig fresh rosemary, or 1 teaspoon dried leaves
1/2 cup beef broth, preferably homemade

For the steak rollups

3/4 pound thin-sliced eye of round or any other thin-sliced steak (8 to 10 slices)
Coarse sea salt
8 ounces frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
3 ounces crumble Feta cheese
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Ground black pepper, to taste
2 teaspoons grapeseed oil or other high-heat tolerant neutral oil

Salting the Beef

Salting the Beef

If you have a tough cut of beef, follow the method in the video. But if you don’t want to watch it, basically add some course sea salt to the top of the steak and let it sit on the counter for 1 hour for every inch. This steak was so thin we did less than 10 minutes. But even in that short time I could see the steak sweating out and breaking up the fibers! Then you rinse the steak thoroughly of the salt. Pat dry and set aside ready for the stuffing.

But meanwhile you can make the steak glaze.

Making the Steak Glaze

Making the Steak Glaze

Add a splash of oil to a saucepan or skillet over medium heat and cook garlic until fragrant, just a minute or so. Add the rest of the glaze ingredients and cook and stir until reduced by about half. Remove rosemary sprig if not using dried. Take off heat and set aside.

Spinach and Feta Cheese Stuffing

Spinach and Feta Cheese Stuffing

Next, take your thawed and squeezed-dry spinach (you did that already, right?) and add to a bowl along with the Feta cheese, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice and mix until thoroughly combined.

Glazed Steaks

Glazed Steaks

Brush the steak slices with the glaze with a pastry brush, (if you used dried rosemary, don’t worry as it just gets stuck in the brush anyways).

Adding the Spinach Stuffing

Adding the Spinach Stuffing

Grind a bunch of black pepper over the steaks. Top the steak slices evenly with the spinach mixture. Roll up and secure with twine or toothpicks. I found twine to be convenient since I wasn’t grilling.

Brush any remaining steak glaze you have over the rollups. Grind more black pepper over them again, to taste. I am kind of a ground black pepper freak.

Rolled and Stuffed Steaks

Rolled and Stuffed Steaks

Heat a large cast iron or heavy bottom skillet over very high heat with two teaspoons of neutral high-heat oil. With tongs, add the rollups (in batches if needed) to the skillet and cook on all sides until browned. Just a minute or two on each side, rolling often. Remove to a plate and serve with a side vegetable of choice. I chose steamed asparagus. I suppose some kind of bread could be in order but I’m trying to lose weight. πŸ™‚ Happy dining!

Spinach and Feta Steak Rollups

Spinach and Feta Steak Rollups

 

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78 Responses to “Spinach and Feta Cheese Steak Rollups”

  1. teagan geneviene February 27, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    Woah! So glad you warned me to have my fork at the ready and my napkin tied around my neck. Recently I saw some eggplant role-ups and thought that might be a good way to eat more vegetables. But that thought falls flat after seeing these! Yes, I will eat my veggies if they are rolled up in that beautiful steak! πŸ˜€
    Mega hugs KR!

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    • anotherfoodieblogger February 27, 2016 at 9:51 am #

      You are always more than kind with your comments Teagan, I just adore you!!! Thank you so much. Yep, even my picky eater daughter loved these. XOXOXO!

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  2. Natascha's Palace February 27, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    A brilliant mind comes up with this! Wowwww!

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  3. D. Wallace Peach February 27, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    That looks sooooo good, Kathryn. Some favorite ingredients and I love the presentation. This is going on the menu for this week. Favorited the recipe πŸ™‚

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  4. lynne hoareau February 27, 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Oh wow! Kathryn, these look DIVINE. I love this idea. Hope you are having a good weekend πŸ™‚

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    • anotherfoodieblogger February 27, 2016 at 11:38 am #

      Thank you so much Lynne! Yep, weekend is going good. I happened to stop in a small market that I rarely go to this morning and everything in the entire store was 20% off for Leap Day! So I picked up a nice bottle of wine and some aged Irish cheese. YAY!

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  5. Lina February 27, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    I’ve not been blogging for sometime, hence missed some posts! This recipe sounds so amazing! Amazing pictures!

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  6. Sam Fleming February 27, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    sounds nummy!

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  7. apuginthekitchen February 27, 2016 at 12:56 pm #

    I think it’s a fantastic idea, love those rolls. I am cutting carbs and this is such a satisfying and delicious meal. Brilliant,

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    • anotherfoodieblogger February 27, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

      Thanks so much Suzanne! I too, am cutting carbs. The holidays feasts were not kind to me this past season. πŸ™‚

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  8. Jodi February 27, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

    Oh KR! this looks soooooooo good – I am getting hungry for dinner now!!!

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  9. Bernadette February 27, 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    These sound delicious. Years ago, I used to do a thing like that with a dill pickle stuffed into the steak and that cut into small slices and serve as an appetizer. This would make a great appetizer also.

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  10. Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef February 27, 2016 at 3:12 pm #

    A great recipe , we have something similar in Germany called Rolladen ( rolled beef). The beef is stuffed with bacon, a pickle and mustard. It’s braised for a long time with a killer gravy.

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    • anotherfoodieblogger February 27, 2016 at 4:57 pm #

      Bacon and pickle?? Sounds amazing! Do you have a recipe for it Gerlinde? And thank you!

      Like

  11. Cheryl "Cheffie Cooks" Wiser February 27, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    Yum-never can go wrong with spinach, feta and steak my friend! Woo-Hoo KR! xoxoxo cccc

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  12. Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef February 27, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

    Oops I misspelled Rouladen

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  13. Chitra Jagadish February 27, 2016 at 3:56 pm #

    Sounds great -love the flavors in there….

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  14. FrugalHausfrau February 27, 2016 at 5:34 pm #

    Mouth is watering! These look so flippin’ good!! πŸ™‚ I’ll have to check out that salt method sometime!

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  15. all-TIM-ate February 27, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

    πŸ™‚ that’s fantastic. It’s like a canolli made with meat and not pasta. Great ideas come from, as you say, “making do”.

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  16. Freda @ Aromatic essence February 27, 2016 at 10:12 pm #

    Like a steak wrap ! Brilliant idea Kathryn! looks delicious πŸ™‚

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  17. Adam J. Holland February 28, 2016 at 5:27 am #

    Looks delicious!

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  18. Karina Pinella February 28, 2016 at 8:41 am #

    I’ll take these over pigs in a blanket any day.

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  19. Michelle Williams February 28, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    YES! These look awesome. I made steak wraps Italian style last night. I used free range chuck and it was a bit hard to work with; I will try this recipe with your cut. Looks great!

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  20. Lynz Real Cooking February 28, 2016 at 1:50 pm #

    Wow KR these look so darn good! I really want to make this dish! It has everything that I love and then some! yumm

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  21. Karen February 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm #

    Oh yummy, those rollups look so good. I used to make something similar with chicken years ago…I can’t wait to try your recipe.

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  22. ChgoJohn February 29, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    I’ve seen other recipes for rolled beef but, as I recall, none had spinach with feta and all were braised in sauces of some sort. I think I’d prefer yours. The meat will have gotten some flavor from the pan frying and maintains its texture. Besides, how can you go wrong with a combo of spinach with cheese?

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  23. cookingwithauntjuju.com February 29, 2016 at 10:32 am #

    Looks delicious and thanks for the pointer on salting the beef. As I was scrolling down I saw Beef Rouladen mentioned – I made it awhile ago but recall it was tough. I will have to dig up my recipe.

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  24. MealsWithMel February 29, 2016 at 12:25 pm #

    Ohhh yummy!!

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  25. Sadie's Nest February 29, 2016 at 1:43 pm #

    So innovative! Sounds delicious and looks beautiful! Low-carbers are going to love you for this too.

    Like

  26. Antonia March 1, 2016 at 6:44 am #

    This looks amazing! You are so creative πŸ˜€

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  27. The Hungry Mum March 1, 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    would never have thought to do this with steak! You’re v creative. Off to follow you on FB…

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  28. The WheatandTares March 2, 2016 at 8:00 am #

    These look yummy! Now, I’m wondering if my son will actually eat the spinach… haha. πŸ˜‰

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  29. Book Club Mom March 3, 2016 at 5:17 pm #

    These look delicious and I think I could handle making them! Looking forward to more recipe ideas!

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  30. Lina March 4, 2016 at 6:24 pm #

    Sounds divine!

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  31. Smiling Notes March 8, 2016 at 6:56 pm #

    Wow.. this made me soo hungry although I have already had dinner πŸ˜€

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  32. Kouzounas Kitchen March 9, 2016 at 7:33 pm #

    Wow love this!! Great job, and perfect combo.

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