Italian Beef Florentine

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Today’s post to represent the letter I is my recipe for Italian Beef Florentine. 

Italian Beef Florentine

For those of you who don’t know what it is, Italian Beef Florentine is most commonly a roast that when it’s sliced it reveals the filling in a  beautiful pinwheel shape. However it ‘s name can also refer to the cooking style in Florence Italy where, Florentine-style usually means a food is cooked with spinach and, in many cases, an Italian cheese. This is how my recipe is. I like this dish because you can make a beef Florentine from any boneless beef roast! For example you can use beef tenderloin, an eye of round roast, rump roast, ground chuck, or sirloin roast. See very versatile, so I usually use whichever of those cuts that’s on sale or cheapest. Now that I’ve chewed your ear off, here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

1¼ lb ground chuck

¼ cup all-purpose flour

2 large eggs

1½ cups panko breadcrumbs

2 tsp dried Italian seasoning

½ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp pepper

3 tbsp olive oil

16 oz jar roasted garlic Alfredo sauce

3 cups fresh baby spinach

Directions:

1. Shape ground chuck into 6 equal size patties.

2. Place flour in a shallow dish.

3. Whisk together eggs in a separate shallow dish.

4. Stir together panko, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper in a third shallow dish.

5. Coat patties with flour, dip in egg, (let excess drip off) and dredge in panko mixture.

6. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

7. Add patties to skillet and cook 5 to 6 minutes per side or until no longer pink in centers.

8. Heat Alfredo sauce in a saucepan over medium heat.

9. Add spinach to sauce and cook. Make sure to stir constantly, until the spinach is wilted.

10. Serve spinach mixture over cooked patties.

Enjoy!

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I like to serve it with cheese tortellini and a salad. Have you had Italian Beef Florentine? 

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