Happy Carnivorous New Year! Sausage-Stuffed Flank Steak

December 28, 2006

In case you missed this in our October e-letter – this is a great recipe for your New Year’s Eve buffet. (Adapted from a classic 1980s Bon Appetit recipe.)

¾ pound Italian sweet sausages (Southwestern substitution: Chorizo sausage)
1 medium onion chopped
1 medium carrot diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 medium apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper or Cannon’s Just Plain Green Chile
¼ cup Cannon’s Red Hots (optional)

2 cups seasoned bread stuffing mix
1 egg, lightly beaten
½ cup chopped flat leaf parsley
(Southwestern substitution: cilantro)
½ cup beef broth
¼ cup Madeira
Salt and freshly ground pepper

1 2-pound flank steak, butterflied and lightly scored on each side
Barbecue sauce (We use Kraft Hickory-smoked, the old standby)
½ cup water

Break sausage into small pieces and sauté in large skilled over medium heat about 8 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and transfer to medium bowl. Add onion, carrot and garlic to drippings in pan and sauté 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in apple and green pepper (if using green pepper) and sauté until slightly softened about 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and add sausage, green chile (if substituting for green pepper) and Red Hots.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add stuffing mix, egg, parsley, broth and Madeira to sausage mixture and blend thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread mixture on meat, leaving ½ inch border on all sides. Loosely roll steak lengthwise and secure at intervals with string or skewers. Place in roasting pan, seam side down and bake 45 minutes. Brush with barbecue sauce and bake 15 to 30 minutes more, or until meat is tender. Remove to serving platter and keep warm.

Degrease roasting pan and place on range over medium heat. Add water and 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce and cook for a few minutes, scrapping pan to blend in any brown bits. Strain. Slice steak thinly, arrange on plate and pour sauce over.

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