Dad’s Dinner: Spiedini with Lemon

18 Nov

This post is dedicated to one of the non-Italians I’m related to (you didn’t think the name “Roberts” came from Naples, did you?).  My father  has always been the king of excess.  He loves to drink, he loves to smoke and he loves to eat.  His mother was universally known as a terrible cook, so when he met my mother, he had his very first taste of lasagna.  He was hooked– on her and it.

Manning the grill

Through their courtship and marriage, he embraced my mother’s boot-shaped world with gusto, devouring plates of pasta and relishing our Friday nights at home, Frank Sinatra on the record player at full-blast (I told you, excessive).  We often teased that he wished he had been born Italian.  While I don’t know if that’s totally true, I do know one of our favorite things to do when we’re in St. Louis together is hit our favorite Italian restaurant on The Hill and gobble up the Wednesday special– spiedini.

Spiedini are super-delicious and super-easy to make at home, too.  Serve with a simple side of pasta (his very favorite is angel hair tossed with olive oil, butter, salt, pepper and TONS of garlic) and you have a quick, manly meal perfect for your decadent dad (or anyone else who likes good food).

SPIEDINI WITH LEMON (Serves 4)
16 breakfast steaks cut from eye of the round beef
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4C vegetable oil
Juice of one lemon
1 bay leaf
Italian bread crumbs (recipe follows, or use store-bought)

Put steaks in shallow bowl.  Combine salt, pepper, oil, lemon juice and bay leaf.  Pour over meat and marinate for about 30 minutes.  Bread each steak on both sides with bread crumbs and roll up, securing each with a toothpick.  Put under broiler to brown on all sides.  Drizzle with any remaining marinade while cooking.

HOMEMADE ITALIAN BREAD CRUMBS (makes 2 3/4 cups)
2C dry white bread crumbs
1/2C grated Parmesan cheese
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4C freshly chopped parsley
1t salt
1/2t pepper

Mix all ingredients together and store in covered container in refrigerator until ready to use.

Mangia!

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3 Responses to “Dad’s Dinner: Spiedini with Lemon”

  1. Gia November 19, 2011 at 6:42 AM #

    If excess is your thing, try substituting chicken for steak and eat ’em up two ways!

    • Dave R November 19, 2011 at 3:27 PM #

      Speaking of excess, Ravioli Princess!!

  2. Tom November 20, 2011 at 2:12 PM #

    I’m with Dave on this one! Spiedini was definitely one of the main reasons I married into the Capasso clan. Any Irishman who was raised on boiled cabbage and potatos would be a fool not to sign on for a change to deeeelicious Italian cuisine. Love reading the blog, but the articles make my tummy grumble! I tend to act just like Gia when Lisa gets out her magic pasta pot! Uncle Tommy

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