Way to make grilled stuffed flank steak with pepper jack cheese and roasted chiles

20140503 stuffed rolled flank steak pesto chile pepper jack recipe food lab 5 thumb 625xauto 399088 Way to make grilled stuffed flank steak with pepper jack cheese and roasted chiles


  • 3 whole Poblano or Hatch chilies
  • 1 tablespoon ancho powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 whole flank , 2 to 2 1/2 pounds, trimmed of excess fat
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced


  1. 1

    Place chilies directly over the flame of a gas burner or on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet under a broiler preheated to high heat. Cook, turning occasionally, until charred and blackened over every surface. Wrap in aluminum foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Remove from foil and carefully peel chilies and discard skin. Open chilies flat and remove seeds and stems. Lay flattened chilies between two layers of paper towels and press gently to remove excess moisture. Set aside.

  2. 2

    Combine chili powder, cumin, garlic, 2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a small bowl and mix with fingers to form a paste. Set aside.

  3. 3

    Lay steak on a cutting board with grain running parallel to the edge of the counter. Trim left and right edges to form a clean rectangle and reserve scraps for another use. Hold steak flat with your non-knife hand and, with a sharp boning knife, carefully butterfly the steak, leaving the back edge attached by 1/2- to 1/4-inch of meat. Open up steak and flatten the seam gently with your hand to form a large perfect rectangle.

  4. 4

    Rub chili paste into exposed surface of steak. Layer with flattened chilies and pepper jack cheese, leaving a 1-inch border at the top and the bottom.

  5. 5

    Carefully roll the steak away from you (the grain should run width-wise), tightening as you go until it is rolled into a cylinder. Let it rest with its seam-side down.

  6. 6

    Tie the tightly with twine, spacing the ties evenly every 1 1/2 inches. Insert a skewer through each piece of twine. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut between the ties to make the pinwheels. Season with salt and pepper.

  7. 7

    Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over half of coal grate. Alternatively, set half the burners of a gas to high heat. Set cooking grate in place, cover gill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Place the pinwheels on the hot side of the and cook without moving until well charred on first side, about 3 minutes. Flip steaks and char second side, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer to cooler side of , cover, and cook until an instant read thermometer inserted into the center registers 120°F for medium-rare or 130°F for medium. Transfer to a platter, let rest for five minutes, and serve.

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