BEEFY, CHEESY PINWHEEL
It’s odd how some foods live within you memories for years after you’ve had it; this happens to be one of those. I’ve had a few chance encounters with pinwheel as a child growing up in Guyana and years later I can still taste it. It wasn’t until recent years that I chose to turn those memories into reality. I’ve made several versions of pinwheel but one thing remains constant and that’s ketchup. As young as I was I was keenly aware of the distinct flavor of tomato ketchup that slathered the insides of those soft, cheesy, beefy rolls. Even though I’m older and my taste buds are more refined, I still crave the sweetness of the ketchup. These pinwheels are not appetizer sized but a hefty mouthful that would be perfect for a picnic or even a road trip.
In this edition I used a mixture of Monterey jack and cheddar cheese but you can use just cheddar, provolone or mozzarella.
Pizza crust (you can use store bought)
1 lb chopped beef
½ tsp canola oil
2 tsp onion powder
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp dried oregano
¼ tsp dried basil
1 tsp garlic powder
½ tsp salt
¼ cup spaghetti sauce
¼ cup ketchup
1 cup cheese + extra to put on to ( I used a mixture of monterey jack and cheddar)
Make pizza crust according to directions. You can also use store bought pizza dough.
Place oil in a pan over medium fire. When oil is hot, add ground beef, onion powder, garlic powder, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes and salt. Break meat up with the spoon as it cooks; cook until brown. Add ½ cup of water and let simmer until water evaporates. Remove from heat and add spaghetti sauce and ketchup and stir to combine. Allow to use before proceeding to the next step.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll pizza dough it a 15 X 10 rectangle. Spread meat evenly across the dough all the way to the end. Sprinkle 1 cup of cheese over the meat. Next roll the dough jelly roll style to form a log. Next cut into 12 equal pieces and place into a greased 13 X 9 pan. Set aside and allow to raise for 35-40 minutes. Place in preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with additional cheese and dried parsley and return to oven. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven. Place on a rack to cool. Serve warm.