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Slow-Cooker Spinach-Stuffed Cubed Steaks

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  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 30 min
  • Servings 4
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Beefy steaks wrapped around a spinach filling are a great dinner to come home to.

Ingredients

4
beef cubed steaks (about 1 1/4 pounds)
1/4
cup basil pesto
1
tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon instant minced onion
1
package (9 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed to drain
1/2
cup beef broth
1
teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1
tablespoon cornstarch
1
tablespoon water

Directions

  • 1 Flatten each beef steak to 1/8-inch thickness. Spread 1 tablespoon pesto over each steak; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon onion. Divide spinach among steaks, spreading to edges. Roll up steaks; secure with toothpicks.
  • 2 Place steaks in 2- to 3 1/2-quart slow cooker. Mix broth and garlic; pour over steaks.
  • 3 Cover and cook on low heat setting 8 to 9 hours or until beef is tender.
  • 4 Remove steaks from cooker to serving platter; keep warm.
  • 5 Skim fat from beef juices in cooker if desired. Measure 1 cup juices; pour into small saucepan. Mix cornstarch and water; stir into juices. Cook over medium-high heat about 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened. Serve over steaks.

Expert Tips

Flatten the cubed steaks by placing them between sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper and pounding with the flat side of a meat mallet or a rolling pin. Don't have a meat mallet or rolling pin? Press the heel of your hand over the top of the steak until it is evenly flattened.

Traditional pesto is a mixture of basil, garlic, olive oil and pine nuts. Today, however, this popular sauce can be made from other herbs and vegetables instead of basil. There is sun-dried tomato, roasted bell pepper and spinach pesto, just to mention a few, so use whichever pesto you like.

To add crunch and bright red color to this dish, add a chopped small red bell pepper to the sauce when you stir in the cornstarch mixture.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
250
Calories from Fat
110
% Daily Value
Total Fat
12g
Saturated Fat
3g
Cholesterol
75mg
Sodium
300mg
Total Carbohydrate
7g
Dietary Fiber
2g
Protein
31g
% Daily Value*:
Iron
20%
20%
Exchanges:
1 Vegetable; 4 Lean Meat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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