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Steak Pizzaiola

In Beef on June 10, 2010 at 8:22 am
steak pizzaiola

Slow down and chew, for goodness sake!

Ooooohh yeeeeaaahhhh….. This is a godless, hedonistic feast for the glutton in all of us. Steak smothered in tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, broiled to golden, bubbly perfection. How can you resist? It’s all the homey yumminess of lasagna with a good bit of red meat thrown in to satisfy the flesh craving. Love, love, love this dish!

Mr. Gorilla was taste-gasmic, as it is the trifecta of masculine culinary dreams. And you know what? It’s so easy to prepare, there’s no reason why you can’t eat it all the time. Well, actually, I can think of several. They’re called fat, calories, and cholesterol. But health issues aside, this dish is so delicious, and produces very impressive results with minimal effort. Try it with me…

Steak Pizzaiola


8 thin-sliced steaks, whatever cut you like

4 cups tomato sauce (your favorite. one with a bit of a peppery kick is great here)

6 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced thick (fresh is best here. the processed kind won’t bubble as nicely)


Heat a tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat, and brown the steaks quickly – about 30 seconds each side. You don’t want them cooked through, or they will be tough.

In an 8×8 baking dish (or a cake pan), pour enough sauce in to cover the bottom. Add four steaks in a single layer.

Add more sauce to cover the steaks. Be generous – we want this as sloppy as possible.

Layer the other four steaks on top, and cover with the remaining sauce.

Layer the sliced mozz on top, evenly spaced. Aim to cover the top of the steaks entirely if you can.

Pop that baby under the broiler until the cheese is bubbly like a good pizza, about 7 minutes, depending upon the thickness of your slices. Top with oregano if you wish.

Serve with a good, crusty bread, making sure everyone gets some cheese. Really. If someone doesn’t get cheese, they’ll be bitchy all through dinner. In fact, make sure everyone gets the same amount of cheese, to avoid petty bickering.

Keep bleach handy, because there will be stained shirts.


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