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Friday, June 15, 2012

Steak Pizzaiola: Foodie Friday

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Steak Pizzaiola

My dad was more of an eater than a cook. He made his "Heart Attack" Special egg concoction on Sunday mornings: cheese, ham, salami, and eggs swimming in butter... and occasionally he made Steak Pizzaiola. It stands out in my mind as a special dish because my dad made it, and it was steak. Italians are not big beef eaters...but marinated in tomato sauce, how bad could it be? My dad made whole steaks and baked them for a long time in the oven. I decided that chopping up the meat and making it in the crockpot was simpler. It tastes the same and you don't need a knife!

PS: I refused to make my husband's father's famous dish "S.O.S." if any of you have parents that were in the military you probably know what this dish is... maybe another time if I can think of a way to make it taste good.

Steak Pizzaiola
by Diane Balch
prep: 30 min (brown meat) 10 min (if don’t brown meat)
Serves: 6 - 8
Ingredients: 
3 pounds of beef chuck cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1 cup of flour
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup dry red wine
8 chopped cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of oregano
1 tablespoon of thyme
1 tablespoon of salt
1 tablespoon of black pepper
3 12 ounce cans of crushed tomatoes chunky style
Directions:
In a large skillet heat oil on medium high.
Salt meat and then flour it.  Brown meat on all 4 sides. Approximately 2 minutes per side. Put browned pieces in the crockpot.
When you are finished browning all of meat deglaze the pan with the wine. Scrap the brown off of the pan with a spatula and continue to scrap and cook the wine until it begins to get syrupy. Pour reduction over meat.
Add all of the seasoning, garlic, and crushed tomatoes into the crockpot. Stir and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. The dish is ready when the meat is tender. Check before serving if the sauce needs more salt.
Serve over large pasta noodles like penne. Great with a side of salad and/or garlic bread.
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46 comments:

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  2. thanks so much for hosting! This week, I shared my Fennel Tacos in Homemade Quinoa Shells! They're Gluten Free, Vegan, and Body Ecology Diet friendly! Thanks again! Have a great weekend!

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    1. Sounds tasty and super healthy thanks.

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  3. Good Morning Diane,
    All the features look wonderful! Hope you have a great week end and thanks for hosting!
    Miz Helen

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    1. You are always welcome. Thanks for looking out for me.

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  4. Howdy~ I decided it was about time to quit buying yogurt and tackle making it. I came up with a Homemade Crockpot Yogurt recipe (# 6 ) that is super easy to make yourself. Forget a "yogurt maker"! I hope you enjoy my recipe! Thanks for hosting the party and have a great day!
    Rebekah-www.potholesandpantyhose.com

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    1. I will try your recipe... I haven't had much luck getting the flavor right with homemade yogurt.

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  5. Thanks so much for hosting! Your recipe looks amazing!!

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  6. Oh Diane, your recipe is making my mouth water. I haven't even had breakfast yet! xo

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    1. I start wanting to eat last night's dessert when I review the recipes from the party.

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  7. Oh yes....my dad, a Marine, LOVED SOS. Ugh. :-)

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    1. So is there a way to make it taste good>

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  8. Hi Diane! Thank you for sharing your recipe for Steak Pizzaiola - it's one of my favorites. And thank you for hosting another great link party. Have a great weekend!

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  9. Thanks for hosting, Diane! My dad spent 32 years in the Navy ... we had more than our fair share of SOS .... I think it's either an acquired taste or something you eat because you don't have a choice. LOL

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    1. A childhood friend of my husband once commented. "You guys had the coolest drinking glasses." My husband repied, "Drinking glasses?... those were chipped beef jars." His dad was into up cycling... way ahead of his time.

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  10. Hi there diane! Just wanted to say thanks so much for hosting this fun food blog hop. i found you through Nature's Nurture and Im excited to join for the first time today. Blessings!

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    1. Terrific to have you. Hope you enjoy the recipes looks like some really good ones this week.

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  11. Hi Diane, thanks so much for featuring my Tangy Carrot-Apple salad! This week I'm sharing my Shrimp Cake Bites and Quinoa Salad w/ Honey Mustard Dressing. Thanks for hosting and have a great weekend :)

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    1. Wow, this weeks recipe might top last week's... so glad you are part of this party.

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  12. Thank you for the invite, Diane! I have linked up a sweet, a low fat and a salad. Have a great weekend!
    Linda

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  13. Your Steak Pizzaiola looks absolutely delicious! My husband (former Marine) loves S.O.S., so did all the other military guys in my family...I guess I've kind of acquired a taste for it...but only with a lot of seasonings, hehehe
    Thanks for hosting! :)

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    1. My dad was in the service during WWII and Korea he never shared it with us... I think as an Italian he maintained a love of red sauce over cream sauce... thus the steak pizzaiola.

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  14. Oh your Steak Pizzaiola looks delicious! A good comfort food for sure! Thanks for the invite this week and thanks for hosting! Have a great weekend!

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  15. Thank you for hosting! I love chicken pizzaiola--will have to try steak too.
    I have a potluck coming up Sunday night if you'd like to join.

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    1. I don't usually blog on the weekends but if I happen to be on line I will link up. Thanks for the invitation.

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  16. Thank you for the invite over. I've shared a few treats.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

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  17. Thanks for hosting - have a great weekend!

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  18. Everything looks insanely delicious as usual. Have a great weekend :)

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    1. I agree... some great recipes this week, but we have been having really good and different.

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  19. I give up. My family was not military. What is S.O.S.?

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    1. OK, brace yourself: SOS stands for "Shit on a Shingle." It is basically jarred chipped beef and cream served on toast. Nastiest dish I ever tasted.

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  20. Hello! Thank you so much Diane!!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I live in the north of Italy, I was born here, but my family is from Puglia, so my recipes are so influenced by this wonderful region! But I also have relatives in Sicily!

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    1. OK, I thought the recipe looked Southern. My family is from: Vesti, Naples, and small town in the mountains of Calabria that I can't think of right now. Do you make Steak Pizzaiola? I'm more of a fish eater... but I like this dish on occasion.

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  21. Your Dad’s Steak Pizzaola looks wonderfully delicious!! I also, love the way that carrot salad looks! Must give these a try!

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    1. It is a real comfort food kinda of recipe. I'm making the carrot salad this week... the ingredients look really interesting.

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  22. Diane,
    Your Steak Pizzola looks amazing! Can't wait to try the recipe.
    Thanks for hosting! Have a wonderful week.
    Michelle

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    1. It is... I just made it and it really was a crowd pleaser, comfort food. enjoy.

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  23. I've always been drawn to this dish, so comforting. Thanks for sharing on Southern Sundays. Hope to see you again soon.

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  24. These look amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  26. I love to use the crockpot to cook meat. It definitely is simpler and I love how it just falls apart. I'd love it if you would link up to Fantastic Thursday. http://www.fivelittlechefs.com/2012/06/fantastic-thursday-2.html Hope to see you there!

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    1. Yes, and in the crockpot you can use inexpensive meat and have it come out wonderfully tender.

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  27. Amore the recipe. I will have to try it, Steak Pizziaola.
    Pat

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    1. It is a crowd pleaser in my house. Enjoy.

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  28. Diane,
    Yum! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday last week. I can't wait to see what you link up this week. Have a wonderful weekend.

    Michelle

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