Friday, March 9, 2012

Pinwheel Steaks

1 (3-ounce) jar pine nuts, 1/3 cup
2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
1 cup basil leaves
2 cloves cracked garlic
3/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

6 thin cut New York strip steaks
Coarse salt and black pepper
1 tall jar, 18 to 20 ounces, roasted red peppers, well drained, about 3 peppers
Extra-virgin olive oil, for drizzling
Metal skewers

Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.
Toast pine nuts in a small pan over medium heat until golden. Place spinach, arugula, garlic, cheese, 2 pinches salt, a few grinds black pepper, and toasted nuts in a food processor. Pulse grind the filling into a paste. Taste and adjust seasonings. Remove 1/2 cup of filling paste to a bowl and stir in extra-virgin olive oil to loosen it. Reserve remaining filling in processor bowl.
Place steaks between layers of waxed paper several inches apart. Pound steaks with a heavy bottomed pan to 1/2 their thickness. Season each steak with salt and pepper on both sides. Cover each steak with a thin layer of filling and top with roasted red peppers. Roll steaks tightly. Secure pinwheels with a carefully placed skewer and set 6 pinwheels on a baking sheet. Drizzle with extra-virgin oil and roast 12 to 15 minutes. Remove skewers and transfer pinwheels to dinner plates. Top each with a generous portion of reserved sauce made from filling and extra-virgin olive oil, combined.

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