Monday, March 5, 2012

Stuffed Cube Steak Roll-Ups

I accidentally got cube steaks out of the freezer instead of ground beef this weekend, leaving me with thawed meat that I had no plan for. How many things can you really make with cube steak?

Pioneer Woman's Chicken Fried Steak is pretty amazing but also somewhat overdone at our house. Additionally, it MUST be accompanied by mashed potatoes and I was not in the mood. So, I went to the most trusted source (pinterest) and found a recipe entitled: Grilled Cube Steak Roll-Up.

It is not quiet grilling weather, so I made a few changes. Here are the results, followed by the slightly revised recipe.

What you need
4-5 pieces cube steaks (cut into smaller pieces if some of the cube steaks are large)
marinade (recipe below)
2 oz cream cheese, softened
4-5 pieces bacon (raw)
Basil or other green herbs

1/2 cup cooking oil
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
6 tablespoons soy sauce
1/4 cup minced garlic
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon pepper
3 tablespoons Chicago Seasoning (Penzey’s) or other steak seasoning
3 tablespoons bbq sauce of your choice

What to do
For the Marinade
Puree ingredients in food processor. Pour over meat in a glass dish or gallon zipper bag and place in the refrigerator 2-24 hours.

For the Roll Ups

Preheat oven to 375 F or grill to high heat (see cooking options below).
Remove the steaks from the marinade and place on paper towel to drain some of the marinade off. You may also want to pat it dry a bit. I did not complete this step and some of the steaks were a little too flavorful from the leftover marinade.

Spread a thin layer of cream cheese over one side of each steak and sprinkle with your herbs.
Beginning with the short end, roll up the steaks.
Spirally wrap a piece of bacon around steak and secure with one or two toothpicks.

From here, there are a couple of approaches to finish preparing the steaks:
-Sear on the grill, then turn the grill to low and continue to cooking for about 30 minutes.
-Sear on the stove top and then move to the oven at 375 for thirty minutes.
-Do not sear and just cook in oven at 375 for 30 minutes or more. (This is what I did by placing the roll-ups on a cooling rack on a baking sheet and baking until the thickest one was browned throughout).

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