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Italian Beef Pinwheels

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Italian Beef Pinwheels are a quick and easy appetizer or snack made with beef chuck roast, pizza dough, banana peppers, and provolone cheese. These homemade Italian stuffed roll-ups are perfect served with dip as an afternoon snack.

Italian Beef PinwheelsItalian Beef Pinwheels

Cheesy beef pinwheels are the perfect after-school snack for your kids. The meat simmers during the day while they’re at school and the pinwheels are just coming out of the oven as the kids rush in. They are easily adaptable and can also be taken to pot-luck parties or backyard barbecues. 

How to make Italian Beef Pinwheels 

Italian Beef PinwheelsGather Ingredients.

Italian Beef Pinwheels

Spray the pot of a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and add the roast to the pot.

Add the beef broth and season with Italian seasoning and garlic powder.

Top with the butter slices.

Italian Beef Pinwheels

Spread the banana peppers in an even layer over the top of the roast, then add the liquid from the banana pepper jar.

Place the lid on the slow cooker and set to cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.

When the meat is finished cooking, remove it from the pot and shred it with a fork.

Set it aside to cool slightly.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Italian Beef Pinwheels

Unroll the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out until it’s around 1/8 inch thick.

Italian Beef Pinwheels

Layer the cheese slices evenly on top of the crust.

Italian Beef Pinwheels

Spread the Italian beef in a thin layer over the top of the cheese.

Italian Beef Pinwheels

Roll the dough up tightly until it resembles a long log.

Italian Beef Pinwheels

Cut the log into 10 even slices, around one inch thick.

Place the slices on the baking sheet.

Italian Beef Pinwheels

Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until the pizza dough is golden brown.

Serve with liquid from the slow cooker for dipping.

Italian Beef Pinwheels

 

Tips and Variations for Italian beef pinwheels 

These tasty rolled-up appetizers are easy to change to fit your preference. Here are some options to help make these the best Italian beef pinwheels you’ve ever had.

Dough: Pizza dough is perfect for these roll-ups, however, you can use pastry dough, crescent roll dough, or even phyllo dough. It all depends on how you want the final texture to taste.  

Cheese: This recipe uses provolone cheese slices, but you can use Colby Jack, Monterrey Jack, mozzarella, Havarti, Gruyere, or another soft, melty cheese. 

Protein: Slow-cooked chuck roast is rich and wonderful in these crescent rolls, but you can use pork shoulder or deli roast beef for the meat instead. It will be tender and moist and just as easy to cook as beef. 

Add-ins: Banana peppers add a little spice to these steak pinwheels, but you can use other pickled vegetables or fresh herbs as well. 

Try using chopped kalamata olives, pepperoncini peppers, giardiniera vegetables, red or green bell peppers, fresh parsley, and fresh basil leaves.   

How to Serve 

These flank steak pinwheels are delicious when served for lunch, as a snack, or for an appetizer. Some other appetizers that go well with them are jalapeno popper crescent rolls, sloppy joe crescent rolls, ham and cheese crescent rolls, or pizza crescent rolls

How to Store beef roll-ups 

Refrigerator: Keep any leftover pinwheels in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to five days. 

Heat them in the microwave in 30-second increments until they’re hot all the way through to eat them for lunch, dinner, or a snack the next day. 

Freezer: You can also freeze them once they’re completely cooled in freezer bags for up to three months. 

Reheat: To reheat and eat frozen pinwheels, put them in the refrigerator overnight until they’re thawed. 

Once they’re thawed, put them in the air fryer or microwave to heat them up again. 

Pro tip: The air fryer will make them crispy and improve the texture, while the microwave won’t. 

FAQs 

How do you get pinwheels to stick? 

In order to get the pinwheels to stay shut, you need to tightly roll up the dough with the ingredients inside into a log shape. 

Then, cut the log into sections and lay them flat, and bake them. They will stay together when you use this method.  

What kind of dough is best for beef pinwheels? 

These beef pinwheels are made with pizza dough but you can also use puff pastry sheets from the freezer section of the grocery store.  

What kind of dip can you use with Italian beef pinwheels?

These beef rolls are great paired with cheese dip or leftover sauce from the cooked beef, called “au jus” or, with juice.   

Yield: 10 servings

Italian Beef Pinwheels

Italian Beef Pinwheels

Italian Beef Pinwheels are a quick and easy appetizer or snack made with beef chuck roast, pizza dough, banana peppers, and provolone cheese.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 6 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chuck roast
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup butter, sliced
  • 1/3 cup banana peppers, plus 2 tablespoons liquid from the jar
  • 1 package premade pizza dough
  • 9 slices provolone cheese

Instructions

  1. Spray the pot of a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray and add the roast to the pot.
  2. Add the beef broth and season with Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  3. Top with the butter slices.
  4. Spread the banana peppers in an even layer over the top of the roast, then add the liquid from the banana pepper jar.
  5. Place the lid on the slow cooker and set to cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours.
  6. When the meat is finished cooking, remove it from the pot and shred it with a fork.
  7. Set it aside to cool slightly.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Unroll the pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it out until it’s around 1/8 inch thick.
  10. Layer the cheese slices evenly on top of the crust.
  11. Spread the Italian beef in a thin layer over the top of the cheese.
  12. Roll the dough up tightly until it resembles a long log.
  13. Cut the log into 10 even slices, around one inch thick.
  14. Place the slices on the baking sheet.
  15. Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until the pizza dough is golden brown.
  16. Serve with liquid from the slow cooker for dipping.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 248Total Fat: 18gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 392mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 18g

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