Pinwheels! When it is time to have guests over or just a special family dinner, these are a great choice for your main entree.
Keep your accompanying menu simple; these Pinwheels will be the star. Plan ahead; do as much of the prep work as you can in advance. You don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen while your guests are enjoying themselves. That is a great part of this recipe: these can be prepared the day ahead, covered in your refrigerator until ready to be grilled. Pinwheels put the word elegant into the idea of grilling. Enjoy these, and enjoy your guests!
Remember, a recipe is only words on paper until you make it, so make it your own!
2 lbs boneless beef (such as flank steak, London broil or boneless beef ribs)
8 oz provolone cheese
6 oz baby spinach
salt and pepper to taste
butcher twine or wooden skewers (soaked in water, so as not to burn)
Butterfly the beef (or ask your butcher to do the butterflying for you) by cutting it horizontally in half, being careful not to cut all the way through. Place the meat on a sheet of plastic wrap and cover with another sheet. Then with the back of your butcher knife or a meat mallet tenderizer, pound out the meat to about 1/4 inch. Remove top piece of plastic wrap and discard.
Preheat the Grillet to 375º F.
Season the meat with salt and pepper. Lay the spinach evenly on top followed by slices of
cheese, covering the entire surface.
Starting with the side nearest you and with the help of the plastic wrap, roll up the beef, pressing slightly in order to make a firm log or jelly roll shape. Using the twine or skewers, secure the roll tightly every 1 1/2”.
With a very sharp knife, cut between the ties to make the pinwheels. Secure with twine at top and bottom of each pinwheel so as to help keep its shape. Trim outer edges so the cut sides will lay flat.
Lightly spray griddle pan with oil. Grill the pinwheels cut side down for about 3 to 4 minutes on each side until well browned. Adjust time for the degree of doneness.
You may vary the fillings according to your taste, such as mushrooms, roasted red bell peppers, fresh basil, Parmesan cheese, prosciutto, mixed baby greens, sun dried tomatoes…the choices are endless!
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