...TC Flank steak, pounded thin, is one of the most economical and versatile meats you can use. In this recipe, for Michelle Husam of Milton, Pa., it is wrapped around a hot and spicy filling. The recipe is from Kathi Gunther of Baltimore.
Mexican Flank Steak
Serves six to eight.
1 1/2 pounds flank steak
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped zucchini
1/2 cup chopped red or green pepper
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
2 cups chunky salsa or taco sauce, about, divided
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Pound flank steak to about 1/4 -inch thick, using a meat mallet or rolling pin. Set aside.
Saute vegetables in a little butter until crisp-tender, adding more butter if necessary. Drain well and stir in 1/2 cup taco sauce.
Meanwhile, sear steak on both sides in sizzling hot butter.
Place steak on large piece of wax paper. Cut 4 pieces kitchen twine and place evenly under steak. Twine should be at least twice as long as steak.
Spoon vegetable mixture over steak, lengthwise, reserving any excess vegetables. Carefully roll up steak, tying tightly with kitchen twine and securing if necessary with toothpicks. Place in large oven-proof baking dish and spoon any extra vegetables around sides. Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes, carefully turning once, until it reaches desired tenderness.
Slice thin and serve with any extra vegetables on the side. Spoon remaining salsa or taco sauce on the side.
Joan D. Cornish of Baltimore sent us her original creation for a from-scratch oyster stew. She says she entered it in a contest years ago and won a cookbook which included her recipe and a certificate for framing. The recipe is for Frank Hauser of York, Pa.
Oyster Stew Deluxe
1 pint oysters
1 small can cream corn
1 can condensed cream of potato soup
1/4 pound butter
1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1/2 to 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
hot sauce to taste
1 quart milk
Place oysters with juice, celery seed and butter in large saucepan. Simmer until oysters are firm. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Simmer until heated through.
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