Last night we stayed in. Enjoying the fact the kids are officially OUT for Christmas break and that we have a long 4 day holiday weekend ahead! So I made a family favorite SPIEDINI!
If your not Italian or from the midwest your probably wondering, what the heck is that? It’s Italian rolled meat and it is…YUMMY! I mean, REALLY, REALLY, good! So I thought I would share because it’s a real crowd pleaser!
It’s a favorite around here. Every time I make it it’s like our friends can smell it miles away and come running! Being in Texas, not a lot of my friends and family have ever heard of Spiedini before I came along. So I got to introduce them to the Italian dish and a VERY good version of it! I’ve seen it made several different ways but I love this particular recipe (I’ve given a little twist too). I’ve never met a Texan or any dinner guest that hasn’t approved!
My girlfriend gave me this recipe years ago, but it was basically more like a grocery list when she gave it to me. Lol. It just stated what was USED then said to roll, skewer, and broil. That’s it. She also serves it over pasta in sauce. Completely different. I’m not a pasta person so I changed it up a bit. So after years I’ve experimented and wrote down my specifics. I also added the steak rub (hey, I am an official Texan now so had to spruce it up) and garlic powder! I’m not sure if there’s many dishes in my house that Don’t include garlic. No vampires here! 😉
For my littles: they are not huge cheese fans, unless it comes in the form of macaroni. So I skip the cheese rolled in their meat on their skewers. The parmesan in the mixture is not overpowering so they really can’t even tell. (This picture you can see I left out the cheese in the top portion for the kids.)
Spiedini (Italian Rolled Meat):
1 1/2 c. Italian bread crumbs
3/4 c. Grated Parmesan or Romano cheese
1 1/2 tbsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp of Parsley flakes
Salt and Pepper season to Taste
Your favorite steak rub season to taste
12 Provolone cheese slices
2.5 lbs Flank Steak
1 Red or White Large Onion sliced large enough to place on a skewer
1 stick butter
1/2 c extra virgin olive oil
Feeds approx 6 poeple. Nutrition facts unknown but Tastebud Pleaser!
Set oven to convention broil (550 degrees). Combine and mix breadcrumbs, Parmesan or Romano cheese, parsley flakes, garlic powder, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl (season to taste).
Melt butter and mix with vegetable oil in a separate mixing bowl. Lay flank steak out on a large cutting board. Beat so meat is desired thickness and consistent in thickness. (Makes it easier to roll.) Season meat as desired lightly with your favorite steak rub (both sides). Place cheese slices on meat in a single layer. Roll meat with Cheese slices and then cut into strips. Or you can cut the meat with the cheese on it to create 1-1.5” wide strips. (I prefer cutting first then rolling it keeps the meat and cheese together more easily). Dip the rolled piece in the butter/oil mixture, then into breadcrumb mixture. Slide rolled and dipped meat piece on skewer and rotate with onion slices. Repeat until all meat is rolled, dipped, and skewers are ready. No more than 3-4 pcs per skewer.
Place skewers on broiling pan. Cook for 6-8 minutes on first side. Flip skewers and cook remaining side the same time 6-8 minutes.
My boys, family, and friends LOVE this dish! It’s very filling. My husband is a meat and potatoes man, so it’s one of his favorites. It is a heavy filling dish so tonight I paired it with an Italian salad and corn on the cob.
Enjoy Mom Queens! Have an amazing family filled long weekend getting ready for CHRISTMAS! If you do try it, please let me know how you liked it!
Happy Saturday! Enjoy!