I am not a big meat eater, though at times the mood strikes me for a really good steak. This recipe is for a grilled flank steak which is perfect for summer, particularly because it is stuffed with basil and parsley which are in season in your own back yard right now. Throw it on the grill with your favorite grilled vegetable(s) and you have yourself a quick meal which doesn't require you to turn on your oven in the already hot summer.
Adapted from a recipe in the cookbook Canal House Cooks every day by Hamilton and Hirsheimer.
Pesto stuffed Flank Steak
2 loosely packed cups basil leaves
2 loosely packed cups fresh parsley leaves
2 cloves garlic, peeled
3 anchovy fillets
1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Parmesan
2 lb. flank steak
salt and pepper to taste
For the pesto, puree the basil, parsley, garlic and anchovy fillets in a food processor. Add the Parmesan and pulse a couple of more times. Use right away on the flank steak or remove to a small bowl and cover (as air will turn the pesto dark).
Butterfly the flank steak, opening the steak as you slice, but stop about 1/2 inch from cutting the steam into two pieces. Press the meat flat. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Spread the pesto onto the meat, leaving about 1 inch space all around the edges. Roll up the steak and tie with kitchen string every two inches. Wrap in plastic until ready to grill.
Preheat the grill so it is medium hot. Place the steak on the grill and turn it until it is browned on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove from the flame, but remain on the grill and let rest for about 10 more minutes. Place steak on a cutting board and let rest another 10 minutes before slicing into 1-2 inch rounds.