Hidden Treasure Flank Steak


From The Complete Coffee Book: A Gourmet Guide to Buying, Brewing and Cooking, by Sara Perry, Edward Gowans, and Judith Ann Rose.

Serves 12 as an appetizer, 6 as a main dish

When internationally known Northwest sculptor Larry Kirkland creates a new dish, he thinks about interesting combinations of flavor and texture. These tasty steak pinwheels are a testament to his culinary skills and coffee's subtle charms.

  • 2 flank steaks, 2 pounds each
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1 cup hot extra-strength coffee
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/2 cup mild soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons freshly minced ginger
  • 4 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
  • Blanched carrot strips for garnish
  • Watercress for garnish

Place the steaks in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill the meat for easier slicing.

Soak the currants in 1/2 cup coffee for 30 minutes. Drain and reserve the currants.

Place the broth in a saucepan and reduce over high heat by half. Add the remaining 1/2 cup coffee, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, honey, spices, crushed garlic, and minced ginger and continue to boil until your marinade is reduced by half again. (This should make approximately 1 cup of thick and sweetly spicy marinade. Add more honey to taste, if desired.)

Slice the chilled flank steaks across the narrow part of the meat (across the grain) using a long, sharp knife. The slices should be very thin, about 1/8 inch thick. (Your butcher could do this.) If your slices are a little too thick, flatten them with your hand to the desired thinness.

Place the slices in a shallow pan and coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours or more.

To assemble, roll each strip into a tight roll, 1-1/2 inches across for an appetizer and 3 inches across for a main dish. As you roll, insert the currants and candied ginger inside the layers of meat.

Place the steak rolls on a foil-lined baking sheet and broil for 7 to 10 minutes, depending upon the thickness of the steak. Serve on a bed of blanched carrots and garnish with watercress.


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