Stuffed Flatiron Steak

  • Active Time 40m
  • Total Time 1h 40m

4 to 6 servings

Pat Sheerin: Grilling Perfect Steak


  • Five 1/3-inch-thick slices of white Pullman bread
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil plus more for brushing, divided
  • 10 pitted prunes
  • 1 1/4 cups dry red wine, divided
  • One 5-ounce piece of pancetta cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 4 large garlic cloves, very finely chopped
  • 4 ounces vacuum-packed cooked chestnuts, coarsely crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped rosemary plus 2 large sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated pecorino cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • Two 2 1/4 pound flatiron steaks each pounded to a 1/3-inch thickness
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 large shallots coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


Preheat the oven to 400°. Put the bread on a large baking sheet and brush all over with olive oil. Bake for about 20 minutes, until very crisp and golden brown. Let cool. Break up the toasts and transfer to a food processor. Process to coarse crumbs.

In a large glass measuring cup, cover the prunes with 1/2 cup of the wine. Microwave at high power for 1 minute, or until the prunes are soft. Cut the prunes into 1/2-inch pieces and transfer to a large bowl along with the soaking wine.

In a large, deep ovenproof skillet, heat the 1 teaspoon of olive oil. Add one-third of the pancetta and cook over moderate heat until crisp, about 7 minutes. With a slotted spoon, add the pancetta to the prunes. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook over low heat for 1 minute. Scrape the garlic into the bowl. Add the bread crumbs, chestnuts, chopped rosemary, pecorino and cayenne and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the eggs.

Put the steaks on a work surface and season both sides with salt and pepper. Press half of the stuffing over each steak. Roll up the steaks lengthwise and tie at 2-inch intervals with kitchen string.

Turn the oven down to 350°. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the skillet until shimmering. Add the steaks and cook over moderately high heat until browned all over, about 8 minutes. Turn the steaks seam-side down. Add the remaining 3/4 cup of wine and pancetta to the skillet along with the broth, rosemary sprigs and shallots; bring to a boil. Transfer the skillet to the oven and braise the steaks for about 25 minutes, turning once, until a thermometer inserted in the steaks registers 130° for medium-rare to medium meat.

Transfer the steaks to a carving board to rest for 5 minutes. Whisk the flour into the pan juices and simmer over moderately high heat, whisking a few times, until the gravy is thickened and slightly reduced, about 3 minutes. Strain the gravy into a small saucepan, pressing on the solids. Season with salt and pepper and keep the gravy warm.

Untie the steaks and slice crosswise 1/4 inch thick. Serve with the gravy.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 10449

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