Looking for an easy, gluten-free New Years app? Whip up these delicious goat cheese, cranberry & basil steak roll ups!
Happy New Years Eve Eve! Do you have any big plans for ringing in 2016? This girl does – BIG ones.
Well, not Times Square ball drop big, but big for me at least. I’m having 10 people over for a fancy little dinner party. Not just that, I’m catering the whole tête-à-tête myself. Now, 10 people may not seem like a lot for some of you, but for our 900 square foot townhome, it’s a freak-ton. Plus, I tend to go a little batshitcrazy when it comes to hosting so I’m making enough food to feed 34.
I have 7 pounds of meat in the fridge, 2 pounds of potatoes, two bushels of brussel sprouts and asparagus, 1 pound of chocolate, a wheel of brie, a basket of charcuterie and cheese, a few loaves of bread and a case of champagne and wine. Oh and you can’t forget the bouquets of flowers for centerpieces.
I made about the same amount for 4 people last year and we had leftovers for days. I’m hoping my hungry friends will eat as much as they can so we’re not left with much leftover. Probably because mashed potatoes made with heavy cream and 3 sticks of butter don’t fit into my “new year, new you” diet plan.
Neither does a full case of booze, but I have no doubt that’ll be polished off by, like, 10 p.m. What can I say, I keep good company.
Honeslty, as I think back, I’ve been doing a cozy meal at home for the past 4 years. I went out a few years before that, when I was young, and it completely wore me out. As much as I love dressing up and sipping champagne with 10,000 of my closest friends – I’d much rater wear faux-leather leggings, an oversized sweater and drink my own cheap wine without judgement. Call that getting older, but I’m totally okay with it.
This year will definitely be the most I’ve hosted for dinner, so I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t freaking out a little. I know I’m good cook, but feeding 10 people (many of whom are big foodies) is just a little bit daunting. That’s why I’m hoping they hit the booze HARD before dinner in case some things don’t turn out Julia Child perfect.
Then again, she often sliced her fingers on air (and bled into the souffles) so maybe I’ll be okay.
Goat Cheese, Cranberry & Basil Steak Roll Ups
Yields about 15 rolls
Prep time: About 15 minutes
Cook time: About 10 minutes
- 3/4 pound flank steak
- 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2-1/2 ounces (about 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon) soft herbed goat cheese
- About 1/3 to 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- Fresh mint sprigs
- Salt and pepper
- Preheat broiler. Liberally salt and pepper the flank steaks on both sides. Place on a lightly greased broiler sheet. Broil for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side for medium cooked steak.
- Let rest for about an hour and then freeze for about 5 minutes.
- Once chilled, slice against the grain as thinly as possible. You should get about 15 slices.
- Spread 1 teaspoon of goat cheese on each slice of steak. Top with a few sprinkles of cranberries and a few fresh mint sprigs. Garnish with salt and pepper.
- Carefully roll the steak pieces up into a jelly roll. Stick a toothpick in the middle of each to hold together.
Nutritional information per serving:
Fat: 2.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 3 grams
Fiber: >1 gram
Protein: 4 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 2