Beef Roulade

Beef Roulade

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Grilled Beef Roulade arranged on a wooden platter and garnished with fresh basil.

Beef Roulade is a simple yet impressive entree of beef flank steak rolled with prosciutto, basil and provolone and grilled to perfection.

Simple flavours come together in this wonderful dish and it’s easier than you think. It can easily be prepped in advance making it great for entertaining or a weekend family meal.

Flattened flank steak layered with prosciutto, basil and provolone in preparation for Beef Roulade.

What’s important for this recipe is to flatten the flank steak as evenly as possible for ease of rolling and uniform cooking. You also need to season the meat well with salt and pepper.  Rolling the flattened meat as tight as possible to hold in the layered elements within is also important. Some cheese does seep out when cooking, so a tight roll will help keep everything in place and minimize the loss of melty cheese.

Be sure to have your grill or pan hot before adding the rolls. They only take 4-5 minutes per side, so you want the surface hot enough to brown the meat before it cooks. As with any meat, it’s important to allow the meat to rest for several minutes prior to serving, this will allow the moisture to settle back into the muscle rather than run all over your plate.

Flattened flank steak rolled and tied with basil, provolone and prosciutto and ready for grilled Beef Roulade.

By all means, you can grill the assembled and tied roll as one whole piece and slice to serve, but I prefer the individual grilled portions because you get more charred/seared meat per bite which to me means more flavour. And I’m always game for more flavour, enjoy!

Beef Roulade
Print Recipe
    Servings Prep Time
    3-4 people 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    10 minutes 3 minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    3-4 people 40 minutes
    Cook Time Passive Time
    10 minutes 3 minutes
    Beef Roulade
    Print Recipe
      Servings Prep Time
      3-4 people 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      10 minutes 3 minutes
      Servings Prep Time
      3-4 people 40 minutes
      Cook Time Passive Time
      10 minutes 3 minutes
      Ingredients
      Servings: people
      Instructions
      1. Butterfly flank steak by laying flat and slicing in half lengthwise with the grain, stopping 1-2" before cutting all the way through.
      2. Open up flank steak like a book and place between two pieces of parchment. Pound flat with a mallet to an approximate 12"x8" rectangle. Try to flatten the seam to the same thickness.
      3. Season the flattened flank steak with salt and pepper and brush generously with Dijon mustard.
      4. Cover with prosciutto slices in an even layer. Arrange basil leaves in a single layer on top of the prosciutto. Top with an even layer of provolone cheese.
      5. With the prepped steak facing you lengthwise, roll up tightly. Secure with a few toothpicks to hold it while you tie it.
      6. Using butcher string, snugly tie the rolled steak at 1" intervals. Remove toothpicks and cut roll evenly between each piece of string, giving you about 8 one-inch rolls tied in the centre with string.
      7. Preheat grill to medium-high.
      8. Rub or brush prepared rolls on both sides with oil.
      9. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side for medium by grilling directly on the grill, using a mesh grill mat on the grill or by pan-frying. Allow to rest 2-3 minutes and serve.
      Recipe Notes

      -I have found that using grated provolone makes the roll easier to roll.

      -Using a mesh grill mat is convenient but not necessary.

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      Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets

      Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets

       

      Why are chicken cutlets so good?

      Simply put, they are pounded thin.  This not only makes them tender but makes them cook quickly leaving them little chance of drying out. The trick is to pound them out as evenly as possible which results in even cooking.  Breading the cutlets isn’t always necessary but it does help to keep in all the moisture as does a good sear if opting not to bread them. Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets is a good example of both pounding thin and breading.

       

       

      I love versatile food!

      Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets are a great example of how one dish can become 3 different kinds of meals.  These crispy cutlets slathered with pesto are fantastic served with buttered noodles for a quick and easy weeknight meal.  They’re also great cut into wedges and served atop a crisp salad. I’m thinking my favourite though is nestling said cutlet between chewy bread and tomato slices for an upgraded sandwich that ‘s good for lunch or dinner.

       

      Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets are cut into strips in the foreground, while whole cutlets remain on a parchment lined tray in the background. A black kitchen towel, knife, fresh basil and pesto adorn the scene.
      Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets
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        Servings Prep Time
        8 cutlets 35 minutes
        Cook Time
        12-15 minutes
        Servings Prep Time
        8 cutlets 35 minutes
        Cook Time
        12-15 minutes
        Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets are cut into strips in the foreground, while whole cutlets remain on a parchment lined tray in the background. A black kitchen towel, knife, fresh basil and pesto adorn the scene.
        Breaded Pesto Chicken Cutlets
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          Servings Prep Time
          8 cutlets 35 minutes
          Cook Time
          12-15 minutes
          Servings Prep Time
          8 cutlets 35 minutes
          Cook Time
          12-15 minutes
          Ingredients
          Servings: cutlets
          Instructions
          1. Using a blender or mini processor combine the first 7 ingredients and blend until combined but still has some texture. Set aside.
          2. Using three shallow bowls, combine flour and 1/2 tsp salt in one, breadcrumbs and 1/2 tsp salt in the second and the eggs whisked with the milk in the third.
          3. Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. Cut each breast in half horizontally and then cut each half into half vertically, giving you 4 pieces per breast.
          4. Place chicken pieces between 2 pieces of parchment. Pound to about a 1/4" thick (no thinner).
          5. Dredge chicken cutlets with flour, shaking off excess.
          6. Dunk floured cutlets into egg wash and then into bread crumbs, turning to coat evenly. Arrange prepared cutlets onto a clean plate or tray.
          7. Add enough oil to a large skillet to come up about an 1/8" of an inch. Heat over medium until hot. Add 4 cutlets and cook approximately 2 1/2 minutes per side depending on thickness. Remove to a paper towel lined plate. Repeat with remaining cutlets.
          8. Turn oven to broil, with rack 8-10" from heat.
          9. Arrange cutlets on a foil lined tray. Spread 1 tbsp of pesto onto each cutlet and sprinkle lightly with grated parmesan cheese. Broil for 1-2 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven and serve immediately.
          Recipe Notes

          -You can use any pesto you'd like here, however, the one included with this recipe contains less oil than regular pesto.  I found regular pesto makes the cutlets too oily.  This slightly drier version gives the same great flavour but less oil and better results. If you'd like to use a classic pesto, here's the recipe Classic Pesto

          -These cutlets are also great on top of pasta drizzled with extra pesto or in a sandwich.

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          Shrimp and Pesto Pasta

          Shrimp and Pesto Pasta

          Recently I treated myself with a 3 piece pasta attachment set for my Kitchenaid stand mixer, and I’m wondering why it took me so long. Let’s start by saying I have the tendency to be on the frugal side and there always seemed to be something more important to spend a couple hundred bucks on. I did give some consideration to the less expensive counter top hand roller for a fraction of the price, but I’m also on the fussy side. I wanted what I wanted, so this little item on my wish list sat on the back burner. But now I have it, and I’m thrilled to share with you Shrimp and Pesto Pasta.

          Of course you can make pasta by hand, and that’s a blog post in itself, but the convenience and ease of the roller and cutters is undeniably great! It makes having fresh pasta simple and easy. One of the first dishes to get pumped out of my new set is a simple and delicious Shrimp and Pesto Pasta. Certainly not a unique combination, but worthy of being a regular on your weeknight plate because of how quick it comes together once the pasta has been rolled.

          Once you get the feel for making fresh pasta, you can experiment with different flavours, flours and shapes. It’s so much fun to be creative and even better when you get to savour the results.

          Recipe source for Shrimp and Pesto Pasta:  Compelled To Cook

          Shrimp and Pesto Pasta
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            Servings Prep Time
            2 people 15 minutes
            Cook Time
            10-20 minutes
            Servings Prep Time
            2 people 15 minutes
            Cook Time
            10-20 minutes
            Shrimp and Pesto Pasta
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              Servings Prep Time
              2 people 15 minutes
              Cook Time
              10-20 minutes
              Servings Prep Time
              2 people 15 minutes
              Cook Time
              10-20 minutes
              Ingredients
              Servings: people
              Instructions
              1. Season 3 litres of water with 1 1/2 tbsps of kosher salt and bring to a boil. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of cooking liquid. If using fresh pasta, cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain and reserve 1/4 cup of cooking liquid.
              2. Dab shrimp dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper. In a medium sauté pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add shrimp and garlic and cook for approximately 2 minutes per side until shrimp curl and turn opaque. Remove shrimp from pan and set aside.
              3. Add pesto and 2-3 tbsp of pasta cooking liquid to the same skillet over low heat just to warm, stirring once or twice. Add cooked pasta and toss to coat. Toss in shrimp to warm and combine. Serve immediately, garnishing with parmesan cheese.
              Recipe Notes

              Fresh pesto and pasta is best, however store bought may be used if desired.  You'll find recipes below for fresh Classic Pesto and fresh fettuccini pasta.

              Classic Pesto

              Fresh Fettuccini

               

              Classic Pesto

              Classic Pesto

              Well, I guess Classic Pesto is just that, a classic. It’s hard to mess with because it’s great just as it is. Simple everyday ingredients that become a vibrant, garlicky and herbaceous sauce with just a few pulses in the food processor.  While its historic use is to be tossed with pasta, you just can’t overlook all the other great ways to use it.  How about drizzled over scallops, spread onto hot cheese bread or grilled sandwiches, swirled into mashed potatoes or soup, used as pizza sauce and… I think you get the idea. There are plenty of ways that will have you scraping at the jar for every last drop.

              I’d have to say this post isn’t about revamping a recipe or creating something new, it’s more of a reminder of how good a classic really is.  In this case the Classic Pesto is easy, delicious and versatile. Only a handful of ingredients, a few minutes of time and a food processor or mortar and pestle is all that’s required.  So although the sauce is not new, one needs to ask what’s a new way to enjoy it? Make up a batch and be creative, I’d love to know what you come up with.  Enjoy!

              Recipe adapted slightly from: Wayne Gisslen Professional Cooking, seventh edition.

              Classic Pesto
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                Servings Prep Time
                1 cup 15 minutes
                Servings Prep Time
                1 cup 15 minutes
                Classic Pesto
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                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 cup 15 minutes
                  Servings Prep Time
                  1 cup 15 minutes
                  Ingredients
                  Servings: cup
                  Instructions
                  1. Add all ingredients to a food processor and puree until blended but still has some texture, about 20-30 seconds. Use immediately or store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 1 month.
                  Recipe Notes

                  Romano is a little stronger and saltier than parmesan and a nice addition, however you can use all parmesan if desired.

                  You can also use a blender or mortar and pestle if desired.

                  Rustic Tomato Spinach Bake

                  Rustic Tomato Spinach Bake

                  Well, summer is fast approaching its end, but with that comes fresh fall fruits coming off the trees and the last of the garden veggies being dug up and plucked from the gardens. With the coolness in the morning air I’m starting to dream of casseroles. Rustic Tomato Spinach Bake is a wonderful way to use the scads of fresh tomatoes you’re secretly hoarding. It’s an aromatic, homey casserole flavoured with fresh basil, garlic and a good dose of parmesan cheese.

                  The recipe is inspired by Smitten Kitchen’s Scalloped Tomatoes, which she adapted from Ina Garten. Deb from Smitten Kitchen suggests serving with a poached egg and I couldn’t agree more. Tomato soaked bread chunks infused with garlic and laced with spinach are the perfect cradle for a soft runny egg. It’s lunch in heaven for me! I could seriously eat this for lunch all week, and since my husband is not a spinach fan, this may very well come true for me.

                   

                  Although great with a runny egg, this casserole shines with roasted or grilled meats and would also be lovely with a green salad. Enjoy!

                  Recipe inspiration for Rustic Tomato Spinach Bake from Smitten Kitchen’s Scalloped Tomatoes

                   

                  Rustic Tomato Spinach Bake
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                    Servings
                    6-8
                    Servings
                    6-8
                    Rustic Tomato Spinach Bake
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                      Servings
                      6-8
                      Servings
                      6-8
                      Ingredients
                      Servings:
                      Instructions
                      1. Preheat oven to 350℉. In a large bowl toss together bread cubes and 2 tbsp olive oil. Spread bread cubes into a single layer on a large baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 until golden, tossing once or twice. Remove from oven and set aside.
                      2. Add remaining 2 tbsp of oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 2 minutes until starting to soften. Stir in garlic and continue to cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add spinach and toss until wilted. Stir in tomatoes, sugar and salt, stirring to combine. Simmer uncovered for 20 minutes until 3/4 of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and stir in fresh parsley, basil and bread cubes.
                      3. Lightly spray a shallow 4-5 cup casserole dish with non stick spray. Pour mixture into casserole and spread out. Sprinkle with parmesan and gruyere. Bake for 30 minutes until bubbly and starting to brown. Remove from oven and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.