Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cheese Steak Pizza

A friend of mine shared this great recipe with me. It's made with a Whole Wheat Pizza dough, too. It's is so delicious!

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough
(Makes two 14-inch crusts)

2 - 2 1/4 cups bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp) instant or rapid-rise yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 tsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees)

1. Pulse 2 cups of the bread flour, whole wheat flour, yeast, and salt in a food processor to combine. (I don't own one, so I put them in my stand mixer and just used a whisk to combine them well.) With the processor running, pour the oil, then the water, through the feed tube and process until a rough ball forms, 30-40 seconds. (this takes just a little bit longer when using a stand mixer with the dough hook on, but it worked just fine.)

2. Let the dough rest for 2 minutes, then process for 30 seconds longer. If the dough is sticky and clings to the blade, add the remaining 1/4 cup bread flour, 1 tbsp at a time, and pulse to incorporate.

3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter and knead it into a smooth, round ball. Place the dough in a large, lightly greased bowl and cover with greased plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place until nearly doubled in size, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

4. Turn the dough out and cut in half. Roll one half out on a floured surface and use as desired.

5. Wrap the other half in greased plastic wrap, and then put in a freezer bag. It will last up to one month. To use, let the frozen dough thaw on the counter for 2-3 hours, or overnight in the refrigerator before using.

Cheese Steak Pizza

Pizza Dough (I use the homemade whole-wheat dough)
3 slices Steak-Ums
1 red onion, sliced
1 tbsp sugar
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
5 slices provolone cheese


Preheat oven to 400F

1. Break apart the frozen Steak-Ums in inch-sized pieces, and put into a preheated large skillet (no oil needed). Season with salt and pepper to taste and sauté for about a minute. Set aside on paper-towel lined plate to drain, but leave some juices from steak in the skillet.

2. Add onions to same skillet, season with salt and pepper to taste, and add sugar. Feel free to add some green peppers as well. Sauté for 5-7 minutes or until browned and just starting to caramelize. Remove to plate.

3. Roll out dough onto a floured surface to a 14" circle and place on Large Round Stone. Par-bake crust for about 5 minutes. Remove crust from oven.

4. Mix mozzarella cheese and mayonnaise in small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread mozzarella mixture over crust.

5. Add steak and sauteed onions to pizza. Top with sliced provolone cheese.

6. Bake until crust is done and cheese is golden. It took me about 20 minutes.

I chose to do the mayonnaise b/c I wanted some creaminess and I didn't want a tomato sauce for this pizza. It may sound weird, but trust turns out great and you don't taste the mayo.

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