Foodie Friday “Zorba the Beef” Greek-Inspired Steak
Foodie Friday Greek-inspired steak is a quick but very flavorful main course.
"Zorba the Beef", Greek-Inspired Steak (prep. time about 45 minutes)
1 lb. strip steak at room temperature (helps keep the meat tender when cooking)
2 C spinach
4 garlic cloves, rough dice
1/3 C crumbled feta cheese
2 Tbl. Olive oil
Salt and pepper
Cucumber Yogurt Sauce:
1 C plain yogurt
¼ C cucumber, peeled and shredded
Pound room-temperature steak out to about a quarter inch thick and liberally salt and pepper both sides. You can begin preparation immediately, but letting the steak sit for at least a half hour helps the flavor and the tenderness.
For the Tzatziki-inspired sauce: Mix together yogurt and shredded cucumber and stir in a tablespoon of juice from half of the lemon and set aside.
Pre-heat oven to 360. In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil. Add the garlic and cook until the garlic is tender but not browned. Add the spinach and stir. The spinach will quickly wilt down. Squeeze the juice from half the lemon, salt and pepper and remove from the heat. When cooled slightly, stir in feta cheese. Pile the spinach in the center of the length of steak and carefully roll into a log. Secure the roll with butcher twine. You could also secure the seam with tooth picks that have been soaked in water to keep them from burning. Bake for about 20 minutes until the steak is medium-rare. Once the steak is removed from the oven, allow it to rest about 20 minutes to allow the juices to go back into the meat. Slice the steak into 1 inch thick disks. Drizzle yogurt-cucumber sauce on top or serve on the side.
You can round out the meal with bread and/or a baked potato.