This flank steak recipe is one of our favorites for company and family get-togethers!
We likely got it from a Parade Magazine from the 90s and have made it dozens of times over the years.
A large flank steak is first butterflied, then marinated in an olive oil and vinegar marinade, then layered with prosciutto, basil, Parmesan, roasted red bell peppers, and parsley, then rolled up, tied, and roasted in the oven. To serve, the steak is cut into rounds.
Italian Party Flank Steak RecipePrint
Trader Joe's sells a jar of roasted red peppers that work well as a substitute for roasting your own. Recipe preparation time: marinade 2 hours, prep and cook 1 hour.
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup red-wine vinegar
- 2 coves of garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
- 1 flank steak (3/4 in thick, about 1 1/4 lbs), butterflied
- 2 red bell peppers
- 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
- 6 to 8 thin slices of prosciutto or other cured ham
- 24 medium sized fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
- Freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 bunch watercress for garnish
- Kitchen string
1 Butterfly the steak: To butterfly the steak, orient it first so that the meat grain is running up and down in front of you. Use a long, sharp knife to cut the meat in half, cutting from the side, and going almost all the way across, leaving 1-inch at the edge uncut (the hinge). The butterfly hinge should be in the same direction as the grain of the meat.
Open the flaps of the steak. You can even out the middle if you want so that the center is not as thick.
2 Assemble the marinade and marinate the steak for 2 hours.
3 Broil halved red bell peppers until skin is black, remove skin.
4 Layer steak with red bell pepper, parsley, prosciutto, basil, Parm: Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove steak from marinade, reserve the marinade. Layer the steak with roasted red bell pepper, 1 Tbsp of parsley, prosciutto slices, and basil leaves, leaving at least an inch bare at the ends. Sprinkle with Parmesan and the remaining parsley and pepper.
5 Roll meat up from the bottom like a jellyroll; grain of steak should run length of roll. Tie in 2-3 inch intervals with kitchen string. Place in shallow baking dish, pour marinade over top.
6 Bake: Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes, basting twice. Let rest 15 minutes before serving. Cut into 1/2-inch to 1-inch thick slices, garnish with watercress.
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