Saturday, October 17, 2009

Classics Revisited

My Great-Grandma Zimmy was a fantastic cook. I suppose when you live to be 104 you pick up a few skills along the way! She was an old farm cook- that means loads of meat, potatoes, cheese, and butter. Seriously, how can anything bad ever come from any of those things?!

When I was a kid, my dad used to make us grandma's hamburger pinwheels and creamed peas. I still like the pinwheels when I need a true comfort food.

I only had ground pork on hand when I made these, so I made some modifications to the original recipe and they were fantastic. I will post both versions. And, if you ask my dad, they must be served with creamed peas :)

Here's to you and your culinary adventures, friend. Cheers!

Hamburger Pinwheels
Serves 6-8

3 TBS chopped onion
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/3 cup milk
2 cups Bisquick, prepared
1 TBS shortening
1/3 cup fresh, soft breadcrumbs
1 lb fresh ground beef

In a small skillet, saute onion in shortening until soft.

Mix in a bowl with salt, pepper, bread crumbs, milk, and beef.

On a floured board, turn out Bisquick. Roll flat into a rectangle. Spread meat mixture over the top, leaving a boarder of about 1/2 inch all around. Roll up lengthwise, like a jelly roll.

Place seam side down and cut into 2 inch slices. Place on a greased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Pork Pinwheels
Serves 4

1/2 small sweet onion, diced
2 cloves garlic
1/2 TBS butter or margarine
salt and pepper
1/4 cup beef stock
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce
1/8 cup +2 TBS dry bread crumbs
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
1 1/4 cup Bisquick + 1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 lb ground pork

Saute onion and garlic in butter until soft. Season with salt and pepper.

In a small bowl, mix together cooked onions, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, Italian seasoning, breadcrumbs, and pork.

In a separate bowl mix Bisquick and milk.

Lightly dust a clean counter top or large clean cutting board with flour or dry Bisquick. Roll prepared Bisquick out into a rectangle.

Leaving a boarder of about 1/2 inch all around the edge, spread out pork mixture. Begin to roll up lengthwise. After the first roll, fold the two short sides in slightly. Continue rolling lengthwise, place seam side down. Cut in half, then half again, and finally, half again so you have 8 even slices.

Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 25 minutes. Serve with BBQ sauce on the side.


  1. I'm with your dad on this one. Grandma Zimmy's hamburger pinwheels simply must be served smothered with creamed peas! Absolutely delicious! :D

    (Now you've gone and made me hungry. :p )

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  3. People here in the South (capital "S") love creamed peas. When I told them about hamburger pinwheels (or as you and Adam called them: hammer wheels) and told them that kids will usually eat them with ketchup (like a hamburger), but the grownup way is covered in creamed peas, they all lit up. "I love creamed peas! That sounds great!"

    I don't know where Grandma Zimmy picked it up, but I'm glad she did. It also adds more confirmation that I am in the right place.