Beef, Pesto and Cheese Rotolo

Beef Cheese and Pesto Rotolo

Looking for a crowd-pleasing snack that’s sure to impress? Try these Beef, Cheese, and Pesto Rotolo! Perfectly crispy and bursting with flavor, these little bites of heaven are ideal for parties, game nights, or just because. Made with tender rump steak, savory pesto, and strong cheddar, they’re air-fried to golden perfection, making them quick to prepare and even quicker to disappear. Whether served as a fun finger food with your favorite dips or turned into scrumptious sliders, these rotolo are guaranteed to be a hit. Give your taste buds a treat and dive into the deliciousness of Beef, Cheese, and Pesto Rotolo today!

Beef Cheese and Pesto Rotolo

Beef, Cheese, and Pesto Rotolo Recipe

Jackie Mazzocato
Get ready to enjoy a fun and delicious snack that’s perfect for any occasion! These beef, cheese, and pesto rotolo are crispy, flavorful, and oh-so-satisfying. Easy to make and even easier to eat, they are sure to be a hit with everyone.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Italian
Servings 20 serves
Calories 3331 kcal



  • 800 grams rump steak cut into strips and beaten out
  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp pesto
  • 20 small cubes of strong cheddar
  • Olive oil spray


  • In a shallow bowl, combine the bread crumbs with the salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Mix well to evenly distribute the seasonings.
  • Place the flour in a separate shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat the eggs.
  • Lay out each strip of rump steak and spread a thin layer of pesto on top. Place a cube of strong cheddar on each piece of steak. Roll the steak strips tightly around the cheese and pesto to form a rotolo.
  • Take each rolled strip and dip it in the flour, making sure to coat it evenly. Shake off any excess flour. Dip the floured roll into the beaten eggs, ensuring it’s fully coated. Roll the egg-coated strip in the seasoned bread crumbs, pressing gently to help the crumbs adhere. For a double crumb, repeat the egg and bread crumb steps.
  • Place the breaded rotolo in the air fryer basket in a single layer, ensuring they are not overlapping. You may need to cook them in batches depending on the size of your air fryer.
  • Lightly spray the breaded rotolo with olive oil on both sides. Set the air fryer to 200°C. Cook for 9 minutes, turning the rotolo halfway through the cooking time and spraying them lightly with olive oil again after turning.
  • After 9 minutes, the rotolo should be golden brown and crispy. If needed, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes for extra crispiness.
  • Serve the beef, cheese, and pesto rotolo hot with your favorite dipping sauces or sides.



These rotolo are best served with a tangy mustard dip, creamy ranch, or a zesty marinara sauce. Pair them with a fresh salad or some crispy fries for a complete meal. They also make an excellent slider when paired with mini buns and your favorite toppings. Enjoy!


Calories: 3331kcalCarbohydrates: 262gProtein: 221gFat: 153gSaturated Fat: 62gPolyunsaturated Fat: 13gMonounsaturated Fat: 61gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 838mgSodium: 11845mgPotassium: 3002mgFiber: 16gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 3124IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 739mgIron: 33mg
Keyword Beef
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