We went against the norm this year and did without Ham or Turkey for our Christmas Dinner. Instead I opted for a large Beef Roulade stuffed with garlic, breadcrumbs, ham, raisins, walnuts and parmesan cheese - OMG was it good!
We served it with both buttered noodles and mashed potatoes and Caesar Salad and it was a surefire hit with all. I wished now we could have it for New Year's Eve too it was THAT good.
It almost didn't happen as I was quite ill for the past several days and couldn't stomach the thought or look of food. My wonderful husband took it on with me talking him through it!
We started with a beautiful flank steak from our local Kingston Farm Boy store where the fabulous butcher butterflied it for us so it was nice and thin and ready to be filled. (and provided the twine for securing it!) Without his help I don't think we'd have had such a fantastic result!!! Thank you Farm Boy :)
Onto the flank steak, we overlapped about 10 slices of deli Black Forest Ham and then covered that with:
6 cloves of chopped garlic
1/4 cups of raisins
1 cup of walnut pieces
1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan
1 cup of bread crumbs
mixed together with 2 tbsp of Olive Oil
Over the stuffing mixture, fresh basil sprigs were layered and then the beef was tightly rolled up and secured with twine. Brushed with olive oil and seasoned with kosher salt and pepper.
Into a 425 degree oven for 40 min and then let it rest for 10 minutes before cutting into slices.
Meanwhile, the sauce can be prepared with 1 clove of minced garlic sauted in olive oil for a few seconds. Add a pinch of dried basil and another of dried oregano and 1/2 tsp sugar plus 2 cups of diced tomatoes. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes until thickened.
The sauce can be served over and around the sliced roulade - Enjoy!