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How to Cook Steak Florentine Pinwheels

by Christina Kalinowski

Steak Florentine pinwheels are deceptively easy to make but look so fancy your friends and family will think you spent hours assembling them. These flavorful wheels contain baby spinach, cheeses and Italian-style seasonings wrapped in steak. Pinwheels are a great way to dress up inexpensive cuts of meat like flank steak. Prepare steak Florentine pinwheels by grilling or broiling and you’ll have a meal that looks and tastes gourmet without the premium price tag.

Grilled Steak Florentine Pinwheels

Preheat your grill to a high heat. Grease the grill grates by spraying with cooking spray or brushing with oil.

Insert skewers or toothpicks into your pinwheels to hold them together while they cook. Arrange the pinwheels on the grill. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes on each side to achieve a medium-rare doneness. Avoid loosing too much of your steak pinwheel filling when flipping by using a thin, metal spatula.

Remove the pinwheels from the grill and take out the toothpicks or skewers used to hold them together. Let the pinwheels rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Broiled Steak Florentine Pinwheels

Preheat your broiler.

Insert skewers or toothpicks into your pinwheels to hold them together while they cook. Arrange the steak pinwheels on a greased broiler pan. Slide the pan into the broiler, positioning the pan as close as you can to the heating element.

Cook for approximately 4 minutes on each side to achieve a medium-rare doneness. Avoid loosing too much of your steak pinwheel filling when flipping by using a thin, metal spatula. Remove the steak pinwheels from the broiler, take out the skewers or toothpicks and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Items you will need
  • Cooking spray or oil
  • Skewers or toothpicks
  • Thin, metal spatula

Tips

  • Pinwheels can be prepared in advance. Wrap each pinwheel tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to cook. They can also be purchased pre-made at the meat counters in some grocery stores.
  • Parmigiano-Reggiano, Fontina and herb cheeses like Boursin are all great Florentine pinwheel cheese options. Use one or a combination of two or more. Seasonings like salt, pepper and parsley and ingredients like minced garlic, minced shallots and sun-dried tomatoes are also great additions.
  • Serve steak Florentine pinwheels with a favorite pasta dish or herb-roasted potato wedges.

Warning

  • Consumption of undercooked meat could lead to a foodborne illness. The USDA recommends cooking steak to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. Medium-rare preparations have internal temperatures between 135 to 140 F. Internal temperatures can be determined by inserting a thermometer into the meat in the center of the pinwheel.

About the Author

Christina Kalinowski is a writer from the Twin Cities who began her career in 2011. She contributes food and drink related articles to The Daily Meal. She holds a Master of Arts in sociology from Purdue University.

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