This is a super way to take advantage of budget priced less tender steaks like Inside or Eye of Round. Thin cut steaks are sliced about ¼-inch thick and are available at the meat counter. You could substitute 1 tbsp shredded aged Cheddar or crumbled blue cheese per steak instead of the goat cheese if you wish. To serve 4, simply double the recipe.
- 2 Thin cut (Fast-fry) Eye of Round or Inside Round Steaks (approx. 300 g)
- ½ bunch asparagus spears (about 6 stalks)
- ½ sweet red pepper, cut into strips (about 6 strips)
- 1 tsp butter
- Salt and pepper
- 2 tsp grainy or Dijon mustard
- 2 tbsp pepper flavoured goat cheese
- 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts or coarsely chopped pecans (optional)
- Cook asparagus and pepper strips in a skillet with just a bit of water, covering to steam for about 4 minutes. Drain and return to heat to dry pan. Add butter and cook with butter bubbling to coat the vegetables, seasoning all over with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- Tenderize each steak by either piercing all over numerous times on both sides with a fork or by pounding on just one side with a meat mallet or heavy frypan.
- Season top side of each steak with salt and pepper. Spread each with mustard and cheese. Add 3 asparagus spears and pepper strips to each and sprinkle each with nuts if desired. Roll up like jelly roll and tie with each with 2 to 3 pieces of butcher twine. Season each bundle (involtini) all over with salt and pepper.
- Pan-sear in well-oiled hot cast iron or nonstick pan until browned all over. Reduce heat to medium and continue to cook, covered, turning each often until cooked to about 140°F inside for medium-rare when tested with a digital instant read thermometer. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
Smart Cook Tip: Cut extra veggies and refrigerate in a sealed container so you get a jump-start on salads the next day.