Pinwheel Skirt Steak with Spinach and Feta


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Ive always wanted to make a pinwheel something or other.. So I decided to make this recipe I found on Pinterest. I normally dont trust recipes from pinterest, but what they hey.. I made some changes to this recipe, you will see as follows. It actually turned out really really well.

Prep: 20 minutes
Roast: at 425°F for 25 minutes

Ingredients:

2 thin skirt steak (2 pounds)
1 package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, I used the garlic herb kind
1 jar (7 ounces) roasted red peppers, drained and chopped (NO.)
2 tablespoons seasoned dry bread crumbs (NO)
1 egg yolk (NO)
2 fresh garlic cloves, diced small
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
Meat ties/twine

I rubbed the meat down with a black peppercorn rub about 2hrs before I wanted to make it and set it aside. When time came to make dinner, I flattened the meat out on a cutting board, one at a time.

In a small bowl mix together spinach, garlic, feta, and whatever spices you want. I added salt, pepper, a little onion and garlic powder.

With the meat flat on the board, use a spoon and put half of the mixture on top of the meat. Spread the mixture to all ends, and make sure its pressed in. Start rolling your pinwheel from one end of the steak, not the side. You want this to resemble a log once its rolled.

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After you’ve gotten both stuffed and rolled, tie them with your meat ties or twine. I have ties that came with my rotisserie, so I use those.

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Spray a baking sheet with a small amount of PAM or whatever you have on hand, and roast at 425° for 25min. This makes for a perfectly crusty outside, and pink inside! Remember to let your meat rest for 10min before cutting into it so you dont lose all the juices/flavor.

I served this with Roasted small golden potatoes, and bacon brussels sprouts! Mmmmm… Definitely something I’ll make again!

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Tips and Tricks

My Grandmother always hammered into my brain to:

“Never stop learning. Always keep your mind, and heart, open to new things you can learn from the people around you.”

Here are just a few things about the kitchen I’ve learned over the years.

  • Clean as you go!

You will always work better and more efficiently if you clean up after yourself as you go along. Don’t keep dishes piled up in the sink to add to the dishwasher when you’re done. Lay a kitchen towel out and hand-wash *gasp* yes, hand wash, as you go along.

 

  • Never put your kitchen knives in the dishwasher.

Butter knives don’t count, but if you have really nice/sharp steak knives, I’d apply the rule there too. You will dull them out, and even rust them.

 

  • The smaller the garlic clove, the more potent it is!

 

  • Don’t be afraid to freeze things.

We throw out and waste so much food these days.. Freeze it! Pizza and pasta sauces, pestos, soups, even bread. Also cooked bacon, cook the whole pack and freeze the extra slices. Just make sure your freezer is at the correct temperature for the type of freezer you have. Every appliance is different.

 

  • Parchment paper is your friend.

Cut the extra oil by laying a piece down for baking. Get your cakes out of the pan without them sticking by cutting a piece to fit the bottom. Don’t worry about using flour to roll out your shortcrust, put it between two pieces of paper – this will keep the pastry flakey and buttery.

 

  • You can always add salt later, but you can’t take it out.

Salt is actually really bad for you, no matter how good it tastes, and it can ruin your food if you add too much. I am a firm believer of seasoning your food, but leave some salt for the table.

 

  • Hard Boiled Eggs take exactly 8min

Boil the water first, add eggs one at a time with a ladle so you don’t break them, and pull them out at exactly 8min. Then run COLD water over them to stop them from cooking more.

 

  • Perfectly Poached Eggs

The key is shallow water and a splash of vinegar… You only need about 2-3in of water to poach an egg, it helps the egg not have too much room to swim around in. And the vinegar helps the whites set more quickly. 4min, at a simmer, will give you the perfect poached egg.

 

  • Storing Herbs 

The best way to store herbs is wrapped in a damp paper towel inside a plastic bag.

 

  • Room Temperature Meat

If you want your meat to cook more evenly, let it get to room temperature before putting it on the stove or in the oven.

 

  • Above or Below Ground

If its grown underground, put it in the water and then boil it. (potatoes etc)
If its grown above ground, boil and then put it in the water. (corn etc)

 

  • Don’t Overcrowd your Pan

Many times we are in too much of a hurry to correctly brown our mushrooms, or sweat our onions.. By over crowding your pan, you run the risk of making things mushy and not getting fully covered in the flavors we all love so much.

 

  • Caramelizing Onions

Most people have the misconceived notion that you can caramelize onions in a good 10min. Wrong. To properly caramelize onions they need at least 45min in the pan, on medium-low (depending on the strength of your stovetop.

 

I could really go on and on with this, but I will save some for another day 🙂