Gazpacho Inspired Steak Roll

Gazpacho Inspired Steak Roll

Gazpacho is a soup {usually served cold} made with tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, onion, and garlic. It is very popular in Spanish cuisine, especially during the summer months because it’s so refreshing. This is a recipe for flank steak with gazpacho ingredients all rolled up inside. I’m not sure if my photo does it justice {I am not a photographer by any means!} but trust me when I say it’s tasty.

I have this old grilling cookbook for A-1 Steak Sauce where I found this idea, but I have changed the recipe quite a bit so it’s pretty much my own now. I have also taken the extra filling and made a chutney that you serve on top of the slices. This recipe is made for the grill, but it can also be pan-fried or broiled.

Start by chopping up all your vegetables…

gazpacho steak roll - veggies

Butterfly and pound out your flank steak for easier rolling…
{I put some plastic wrap over the meat before pounding it out.}

gazpacho steak roll - pounding out

Season with salt and pepper and lime juice. Spread steak sauce over the meat, then evenly spread the slightly cooked veggies on top…

gazpacho steak roll - filling

Roll up the steak {this is tricky!} and tie it up with kitchen string or use toothpicks…

gazpacho steak roll - tied

Grill, slice, and enjoy!

Gazpacho Inspired Steak Roll with Chutney Topping

Ingredients:
1  3/4 to 2 lb. Flank Steak, butterflied
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup chopped green bell pepper (1 pepper)
1 cup chopped red bell pepper (1 pepper)
1 cup chopped English cucumber (about 1/2 of the long, ridgy kind)
1/2 cup chopped red onion (1 small or 1/2 med-large)
1/2 cup chopped celery (1-2 stalks, depending on size)
1 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper to taste
1/3 cup, plus 1/4 cup A-1 Steak Sauce (or other brand you prefer)
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kitchen string or toothpicks

Directions:
1. Chop up the garlic, bell peppers, cucumber, onion, celery, and tomatoes. Saute them in 2 tbsp. olive oil over medium to med-high heat to soften up a bit – about 5-8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. While the veggies are cooking, unroll flank steak and pound out a little to even out and make thinner. {If your steak is already butterflied before packaging, you will just need to unroll it and pound away. If it’s not, you will need to butterfly it yourself.}

3. Salt and pepper the steak to taste. Squeeze the juice of 1 lime over the meat. Spread 1/3 cup steak sauce evenly to coat.

4. Spread about half of your slightly cooked gazpacho filling on top of the steak sauce, making it as even as possible. Set aside the pan with the other half of the gazpacho filling.

5. With cotton kitchen string or toothpicks ready, start rolling up the meat. Start with the shorter side. Keep it as tight as you can. Some filling will fall out and that’s okay. Just put the casualties back in the pan with the other half of the veggies. Tie it up or use toothpicks to secure. I used string in 3 places along the short side and then one piece around the long side. You might know that fancy way to tie up meat – as you can see I don’t. If you use toothpicks, you may need a lot of them and make sure they are sturdy ones.

6. Grill over medium heat for 30-40 minutes, turning occasionally until done to your liking. Make sure to let the meat rest for a few minutes.

7. While your meat is grilling, turn the heat back on the other half of the gazpacho filling. Add in 1/4 cup steak sauce and 1/4 cup water {or beef broth}. If needed, season with salt and pepper. Cook this mixture down a bit more. How long you cook it is going to depend on your taste. If needed, you can add more liquid, but it should resemble a chutney.

8. After your meat is done and has rested for a few, slice it and remove the string {or toothpicks}. Serve with the gazpacho chutney on top and enjoy!

Micha

Peanut Butter Granola ~ Quick and Easy!

Peanut Butter Granola

Here is a quick, easy, and healthy recipe for Peanut Butter Granola that I know you will love. You need a few simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. It whips up in no time! Eat as a snack or sprinkle on yogurt or ice cream. Hope you give it a try!

peanut butter granola 1

peanut butter granola 2

peanut butter granola 3

Peanut Butter Granola

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
2. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
3. Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave on high until peanut butter melts (approximately 20 seconds). Stir.
4. Stir cinnamon and vanilla into peanut butter and honey mixture. Add oats and stir until oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture.
5. Spread out oat mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 8 minutes until granola is slightly browned. Let cool until granola is crunchy.

Recipe source: www.shape.com

Micha

Woven Paper Art

Woven Paper Art by Zim on a Whim

Over a year ago, I made this woven paper art and have gotten many compliments on it. I think it’s a great project, especially if you need certain colors in your decor and can’t find exactly what you like in the stores. The texture makes it so much more interesting. You don’t need to have any skills at all for this project! Even the kids can do it. My two got in on the action and did their own last year, too. Because you are weaving damp paper, I suggest that you do this project with kids who are a little older, say 10 and up. It can get a little frustrating for the little ones, but they can certainly help with the “painting”.

I did another one today so I could show you how to do one yourself. I got the idea and instructions from Gail over at Can’t Stop Making Things for my original projects. I used the food coloring like she shows you, but today I tried it with watercolors. The food coloring can get very messy and I wanted more control. The watercolors will be more muted, and the food coloring will be more vibrant. It depends on the look for which you are going, and how messy you want to get. Try both ways if you want! My instructions are for using the watercolors. If you want to use food coloring, refer to Gail’s post on how to get your paper “painted”. You will need a paper shredder, but if you don’t have one you can make strips using an X-acto knife and ruler. The shredder gives the paper a ragged edge which gives it more texture, but either way will be fine!

What you will need:
8.5 x 11″ white cardstock (You can find this at craft stores and in stores like Target where they have craft sections.)
Watercolors (Crayola is fine!)
Paint brush (or fingers!)
Water
Paper Shredder
Tape
Photo frame with mat

*Note: Your finished artwork will be about half the size of the paper your start with. If you need it larger, just make 2 or more paintings.

Instructions:
1. Start by painting a design on your cardstock with your watercolors. Use more water for a more muted look, or less water for deeper colors.

watercolors
2. Put your artwork through an empty paper shredder. Make sure it goes in straight or some of your strips will be unusable.
3. Remove strips from shredder, using caution. They will still be a little damp and can tear.
4. Count the strips that made it through the shredder okay, and divide them in half. Don’t worry about keeping them in the same order.
5. Get another piece of paper (any white paper will do), lay half of the strips down vertically next to each other, and tape the strips to the top of the paper to hold in place. Keep them close together, but not overlapping. (I had some casualties, so I was only able to get 10 strips across and 10 strips down.)

woven paper art - taping
6. Starting a little bit down from the top, start weaving the strips in horizontally. Under, over, under, over, etc. Make sure to alternate each strip – if you started with the first one over then under, then the next strip will start under then over. Capiche?

woven paper art - weaving
7. Try to keep them close together, with no space in between. If you start the second row a little further down, you can weave more easily and then scrunch it up carefully under the first row. Handle with care, as the strips can tear easily. Repeat until you use up all the strips.

woven paper art - complete
8. Let the paper dry completely.
9. You can leave it all taped to the other paper if you want, and cut to fit your selected frame.
10. Frame and enjoy your work of art!

Tip: I prefer to use a larger frame with a big mat that has a small opening, or a frame that has a shadow-box type of look.

I did this one last year and the frame and mat have a shadowbox effect:

woven paper art - orange-red

These are two that my kids did and we used a large mat with a small opening:

woven paper art - black frame      woven paper art - white frame

Give it a try and see what wonderful artwork you can make yourself!
Micha