For an absolutely delicious easy to make weeknight meal, look no further then this steak pizzaiola recipe that is loaded with beef and a garlicky stewed tomato herb sauce.
Weekdays can get a little crazy but if you’re like me and still are wanting to get a great meal on the table for your family then this steak pizzaiola will deliver. In addition, the great part about this recipe is that it uses few ingredients which you are most likely to have already laying around the house.
WHAT IS STEAK PIZZAIOLA
Steak pizzaiola is a traditional Neapolitan simple recipe consisting of thinly cut pan fried steaks that are then braised in a very easy to make tomato sauce. If you look at the word pizzaiola, you can obviously see the word pizza, so essentially the sauce would be used as the sauce in this recipe.
When a lot of these traditional recipes were created the world was not rich, so it fell on what was available at the time. If there was leftover pizza sauce it was used as the braising liquid along with meat which created the steak pizzaiola.
- CHEF NOTE: pizza sauce in the Napolitano region of Italy is a simple tomato sauce not the thick tomato paste style pizza sauce that we know in America.
AUTHENTIC STEAK PIZZAIOLA
Since a lot of these older recipes had variations depending on availability of ingredients the most authentic version consisted of these ingredients:
- Steak – A sirloin steak that was thinly sliced and gently pounded using a mallet until flattened is most commonly used for this recipe. You can also use cuts such as strip loin, beef tenderloin, flank steak or round steak. CHEF NOTE: You can also use rabbit or poultry meat as well, as these would have been traditional as well.
- Olive Oil – In Italy their version of fat and cooking in fat is olive oil, nothing else.
- Garlic – Classically you would fry a whole garlic clove in this recipe, however finely minced garlic helps to spread the flavor further.
- Yellow Onion – A roughly chopped or finely minced yellow onion that is lightly caramelized would be in the base of this steak recipe.
- White Wine – this ingredient would be optional, but it does add exceptional flavor to the steak pizzaiola recipe. CHEF NOTE: I used an Italian Pinot grigio.
- Tomatoes – If in season then concasse fresh vine ripe or Roma tomatoes would be best. If out of season, then whole peeled San Marzano tomatoes will be delicious.
- CHEF NOTE: To concasse a tomato cut out the stem and slice an x in the bottom of the tomato. Boil in water for :45 to :60 seconds and then immediately cool in an ice bath for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the skin, slice in half and squeeze out as many seeds as possible and then roughly chop.
- Oregano – this is a necessity for this recipe and you can use dry which would be put in at the beginning of the tomato stewing process or finish with fresh.
HOW TO MAKE STEAK PIZZAIOLA
STEP 1: season the steak with salt and pepper. CHEF NOTE: Make sure the steak is pounded out
STEP 2: Pan fry the thin cuts of steak until browned on both sides and set aside.
STEP 3: Caramelize the onions and garlic in the same pan until browned.
STEP 4: Deglaze with optional white wine and add in the tomatoes and stew for 15-20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
STEP 5: Add the pan-fried beef back into the tomato sauce pan, place a cover on it and cook for 5-6 minutes.
STEP 6: Finish by mixing in fresh chopped oregano and serve.
- CHEF NOTE: Since it’s all steak and sauce you should consider serving it up alongside some fettuccine noodles or a creamy polenta.
HOW TO MAKE IT IN THE SLOW COOKER
Steak pizzaiola is a fairly easy and quick recipe to make, however if you are on the go and have no time then you can absolutely make it in the slow cooker. With that being said I would suggest you use a large cut of meat like beef stew meat or a small round roast so that it can break down over time.
- Brown the larger seasoned beef cut in a pan or on the saute function of your slow cooker.
- Next, deglaze with a little white wine and then simply add in the remaining ingredients except for the fresh oregano, salt and pepper. CHEF NOTE: If you are using dry oregano, put it in at this stage.
- Slow cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 4-5 hours.
- Finish with by stirring in fresh chopped oregano, salt and pepper.
In fact, if you did a slow cooker steak pizzaiola it would make for a delicious meat sauce as well.
HOW TO REHEAT: Add the sauce and steaks to a sauce pan and cook covered over low heat for 8-10 minutes or until warm.
STORING AND FREEZING: Store the steak and sauce covered in plastic for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. Steak pizzaiola will freeze well covered in a container for up to 3 months.
*If you love this steak pizzaiola then you have to try Bistecca alla Fiorentina is a must try, and be sure to drop me a comment below and a rating if you’ve had the chance to make this recipe.*
Steak Pizzaiola Recipe
- 2 8- ounce striploin or sirloin steaks cut in half width wise.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 peeled small diced yellow onion
- 4 finely minced cloves of garlic
- ¾ cup pinot grigio optional
- 10-12 peeled seeded and roughly chopped fresh vine ripe tomatoes (or 2-28 ounce cans san Marzano tomatoes)
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- Place the sliced steak in between 2 pieces of plastic wrap or butchers’ paper and pound using a mallet until it is half as thick as the original slice. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Add olive oil to a large frying pan or rondeau pot over medium heat.
- Once the oil begins to lightly smoke add in the steaks and cook for 2 to 2 ½ minutes per side or until browned. You may have to do this in batches depending on how big the pan is. Remove the steak from the pan.
- Add the onions and garlic to the pan and roast for 6-8 minutes or until browned.
- Deglaze with wine and cook until most of it has been absorbed, there should be 2 to 3 tablespoons left in the pan.
- Add in the tomatoes and stew over medium-low heat for 20 minutes or until the sauce is thick and the tomatoes have broken down. Season with salt and pepper.
- Add the steaks to the top of the tomato sauce, place a lid on and cook for 5 to 6 minutes to warm the steak back up.
- Finish by stirring in some fresh oregano and serve.
• You can also use cuts such as striploin, beef tenderloin, flank steak or round steak.
• To concasse a tomato cut out the stem and slice an x in the bottom of the tomato. Boil in water for :45 to :60 seconds and then immediately cool in an ice bath for 3 to 4 minutes. Remove the skin, slice in half and squeeze out as many seeds as possible and then roughly chop.
• If you are using dry oregano, put it in when the tomatoes go into the pot.