Flank Steak Pinwheels

August 19, 2016 By Cathy — 16 Comments
Say goodbye to summer with these perfectly portioned flank steak pinwheels. They are sure to be a hit at your Labor Day barbecue.

Flank Steak Pinwheels

How did it happen? How did September creep up on us so quickly? I don’t know about you, but I’m squeezing every last drop out of the summer break and going out with a bang come Labor Day. I set some pretty lofty goals for myself this summer and while I’d like to say I’ve accomplished most of them, I’d be lying.

For starters, I had a laundry list of things I planned to tick off for this blog. Then I was going to tackle my fall recipe-testing, read more (big important books instead of my usual drivel), get on a proper exercise plan and organize upcoming projects. Instead all I have to show for the past several weeks is a couple of completed jigsaw puzzles, a successful three-season binge of Peaky Blinders on Netflix and a new found love for rosé in a can (preferably on the beach).

Flank Steak Pinwheels

Well, come to think of it I did spend time with good friends and family, re-learn to ride a bike, lose gracefully in a four-day game of Monopoly to my eleven year old, and check off a bucket list item by finally seeing a concert at Red Rocks (hello front row).

Ah, but it all seemed to go by in a blip. So I guess that’s where the old adage “time flies when you’re having fun” comes in. It did fly by, but I enjoyed every second of it. I enjoyed watching my boys try to master the “pop-up” on their surf boards, catch the drips on their ice cream cones and make up ridiculous rules in four-square.

I loved cooking 90% of my meals on the grill (including dessert) and sipping a glass of cool, crisp sauvignon blanc with just about every dinner. And since there are still two weeks left, I guess I’ll just stay the course. After all, I can buckle down when the boys go back to school in September. So if you’re still on board the summer train with me, I have one more recipe for outdoor grilling to share with you.

Flank Steak Pinwheels

These flank steak pinwheels are not just pretty, but pretty damn delicious. You can wrap, roll, slice (check out the video tutorial below) and then store them in the frig for a couple hours until you’re ready to fire up the grill. Once you’re ready to go, they cook up in under eight minutes and definitely bring the wow factor. Gooey cheese, salty prosciutto and a zesty basil arugula spread all nestled inside a lightly charred flank steak….what’s not to love? Just right for a party and a perfect dish to bid adieu to my favorite season.

Flank Steak Pinwheels

5 from 2 votes
Flank Steak Pinwheels
Prep Time
40 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
48 mins
Say goodbye to summer with these perfectly portioned flank steak pinwheels. They are sure to be a hit at your Labor Day barbecue.
Course: Main Dish
Servings: 12 -14 pinwheels
Author: Cathy Roma | whatshouldimakefor.com
  • Basil Arugula Spread
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1/2 cup basil chopped
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

  • Flank Steak Pinwheels
  • 1 1/2 lb flank steak
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • Basil arugula spread
  • 1/4 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • 1/8 lb prosciutto thinly sliced
  • 6 slices provolone cheese
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • *kitchen twine
  1. Basil Arugula Spread: Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor fitted with a steel blade and process until well blended.
  2. Flank Steak Pinwheels: Butterfly flank steak (with the grain) and open into one long strip.
  3. Pound until even and flat between two pieces of wax paper and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Smear basil arugula spread evenly over flank steak and sprinkle with parmesan.
  5. Lay the prosciutto in a single layer, then the provolone cheese slices over that.
  6. Roll up tightly into one long roll and tie off steak in 2 inch intervals. Trim the ends of the string and season with salt.
  7. Use a sharp knife to slice between the string and place the pinwheels on a sheet tray. Brush the pinwheels on both sides with olive oil.
  8. Preheat grill to med/high heat. Once grill is hot, grill pinwheels 3-4 mins per side.
  9. Cut and remove string and serve.
Flank Steak Pinwheels

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16 responses to “Flank Steak Pinwheels”

  1. OMG Cathy, this steak has my name written all over it!! I have got to make this for my next dinner party with friends! That spread and that prosciutto and provolone!! YUM!

  2. Beautiful! Must try these because I am in love with all the flavours you’ve packed in there. Yay for grilling season. I’ll be sad to see it end.

  3. WOW!!!! These look delicious, Cathy!! Like, I need to make them soon delicious! Totally up my alley with the prosciutto and that basil arugula spread? YUM! I know hubby would absolutely love these too. And I love how quick they are to come together. So perfect for entertaining. Pinning, of course!

    I know what you mean about having all sorts of plans and then the time just goes by so so quickly! There’s honestly never enough time in the run of a day, but seems like you had a fantastic fun filled Summer! I haven’t been on a bike in a long time and 4 day game of Monopoly? What a laugh!

    I’ve been meaning to check out that show, Peaky Blinders…heard it was really good! And, like you, to read more is definitely on an ongoing list for me and I’m really trying to do just that.

    Have a fantastic week!! Thanks for sharing a great recipe 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Dawn! These are one of my faves for summer entertaining. And I really can’t believe how quickly the summer has flown by (other than that Monopoly game)! And you must watch Peaky Blinders and let me know if you become as obsessed as I did.

  4. I haven’t crossed much off my summer bucket list either, Cathy, but we did binge watch Peaky Blinders too!!! Such a great show, right? Speaking of great- these pinwheels! These meaty beauties are totally calling my name and absolutely perfect for Labor day! You filled these with all the yum!! Perfection, my friend! Cheers!

  5. This cracked me up. I had big plans for summer too but decided it is next to impossible to run a blog when three kids are home from school, especially when one kid breaks wrist and can’t do any camps all summer. On the other hand, I did enjoy lots of pool and beach days. Isn’t that what summer is all about? These babies look so tasty and I can’t wait to try them!

    • Cathy says:

      Oh no Karen! A kid with a broken wrist will definitely thwart any attempt at getting things done. But yes – summer IS beach and pool days. Agreed!

  6. Well, as sad as I am that the summer party is almost over, you’re making it very easy to get over with these gorgeous pinwheels! The flavor is practically jumping off the screen!! YUM!

  7. These pinwheels look awesome! I love bite-sized food and we love to grill right up into winter. 🙂 As for getting things done, I’ve decided that FALL is the time. When my daughter is at school and beaches don’t beckon. Honestly, the best plan for summer is to enjoy it while you can.

  8. OMG… This looks so amazing! I was not planning on BBQ’ing on Labor Day Weekend, but I seriously might have to find my way to the grill.


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