Monday, October 18

Husbands, Sunday Football, and Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

Philly cheesesteak pizza

Reason #47 why I love my husband: He has deemed Sundays "Pizza and Football Day." That's right. He makes the pizza. Then we eat the pizza, drink beer, and watch football together.

If you're thinking, "But she just announced she has celiac disease. Why is she posting about pizza?" Here's my response: I'll still be posting carby Italian recipes like pizza and pasta. After all, Jeff isn't gluten-intolerant. However, I'll also be posting gluten-free recipes. So, rather than having less, Food Blogga will have more! Now for the pizza.

Philly cheesesteak pizza with giardiniera

When struck with a serious hankering for a Philly Cheesesteak last Sunday, Jeff decided to make a Philly Cheesesteak Pizza instead -- a macho pie of succulent sauteed sirloin steak, sweet caramelized onions, and smoky cheddar cheese.

After the first bite, I thought his Philly Cheesesteak Pizza couldn't be improved upon. I was wrong. Reason #48 why I love my husband: He suggested adding a scoop of mouth-puckering, salty giardiniera to our pizza. Touchdown!

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza
Makes 8 slices
Printable recipe.

This pizza recipe was created by Jeff Benabio, aka @dermdoc, Food Blogga's husband. It should feed eight people; it will likely feed four; for the truly gluttonous, it will feed two. 

1 pound store bought dough or homemade dough
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
1 pound sirloin steak, cut into 1/2- inch thick strips
a sprinkling of salt and black pepper
1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon sugar
1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups smoked cheddar cheese (or sharp cheddar)
2-3 tablespoons fresh finely chopped flat-leaf parsley, optional
1 cup giardiniera (Italian pickled vegetables)*

1. Roll out the dough and brush all over with 1 teaspoon olive oil. Cover with a dish towel and set aside.

2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add steak and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Cook for 4-6 minutes, turning once or twice, until lightly browned and just barely pink. Transfer to a plate.

3. In the same skillet over medium-low heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add onions and sprinkle with sugar. Cook stirring occasionally for about 10-12 minutes or until softened and browned. Remove from heat.

4. Sprinkle half the cheese evenly over the dough. Arrange the steak on top, then arrange the onions. Sprinkle evenly with crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and then remaining cheese.

5. For a pizza stone, bake at 500 degree for about 10 minutes, or until both the top and bottom of the crust is brown and the cheese is melted. For a baking sheet, bake at 450 for about 20 minutes, or until both the top and bottom of the crust is brown and the cheese is melted. Serve hot or at room temperature, and garnish with a spoonful of giardiniera.

*Shopping Note: Giardiniera, an Italian pickled vegetable salad, can be found at Italian specialty markets or in the Italian or condiment section of most major supermarkets.

You might also enjoy these pizza recipes:
Dad's Patriots' Potato Pizza recipe from Food Blogga
Whole Wheat Veggie Pizza recipe from Food Blogga
Tequila-Lime Shrimp Pizza recipe from Susan Russo at
Fennel Sausage and Rapini Pizza recipe from Food Blogga
Mexican Pizza recipe from My Life Through Food
Meatball Pizza recipe from Recipe Girl
Spanish Inspired Pizza recipe from Jenn Cuisine ~ gluten-free
Pepperoni, Mushroom, and Sausage Pizza recipe from YumSugar
Flatbread Pizza with Prosciutto and Gouda recipe from The Food Addicts
Roasted Garlic, Gruyere, and Rosemary Pizza recipe from Tennessee Locavore


Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Philly cheesesteak pizza?! I think this will become a favorite in my house.

The Teacher Cooks said...

That is great looking pizza that your husband made. It seems that we are having a celiac disease epidemic. Has it just been misdiagnosed in the past?

Jenn said...

omg my husband is DROOLING over that philly cheesesteak pizza, it looks awesome! Thanks so much for the mention :) I can't wait to see what delicious gluten free goodies you come up with!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Now that is a terrific pizza! I love the choice of toppings.



Susie Bee on Maui said...

Kudos to the hubby-great looking pizza!

Joanne said...

With pizza this delicious, I am ashamed to say I count myself among the severely gluttonous. You see I didn't think that philly cheesesteaks could get better. But obviously they can.

Jennifurla said...

I so agree, touchdown. These pics are truly outstanding and really do this pizza justice. YUM

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

We all know Jeff is a sweetie, but a sweetie who also makes pizza -- well, that is over the top!

Abby said...

That looks awesome! And cheddar is the only "orange" cheese I can handle on my cheesesteaks!

Nisrine@dinners and dreams said...

What a wonderful pizza, Susan! Sorry to hear you have celiac but it's not the end of the world. I've been baking gluten-free lately and absolutely love it so don't worry you can still make all the things you like without gluten. Maybe the hubby won't mind sharing your diet.

ChichaJo said...

Philly Cheese steak pizza is a brilliant idea!! What a great hubby you got there :)

bellini valli said...

This is a macho kind of a dish Susan, but we gals will love it too.

The Food Hunter said...

I like the way your husband thinks...and eats :-)

Christine said...

What a wonderful (and Manly!) pizza! Kudos to Jeff. I'm sorry to hear about your gluten intolerance, Susan, but glad that you've been diagnosed and can now eat the right foods. I detected gluten intolerance in myself last year and have struggled with it on my blog, not wanting to give up posting gluten-rich foods yet needing to acknowledge my change in eating patterns. I'm glad to see that you will be doing both and will take direction from your clever tack.

Patty said...

It just looks so good...really amazingly delicious...

Anonymous said...

the thing abt homemade pizza is that u can pile (and i mean really pile) all the thing u love! that looks yummss!

Kristina said...

Susan - thanks so much for linking to my post. I'm glad to see you're as crazy about pizza as I am!

Rosemary said...

Yes, this would probably feed two at my house!

Holly Keegan said...

Yes! This is on my "pizza combo to try next" list (yes, that's a real list in my house!).
Thanks for link to my Mexican pizza- totally appreciate it.

maumi said...

Just catching up on blogs - we Love creating pizzas so I'm sure we'll steal some ideas. As I'm Gluten-free too.. you should ask @ekivemark some of his tips... he's become very creative coming up with things that I can eat! This pizza is second after that delicious looking eggplant & caramelized onion pizza though - positively mouthwatering. ..and thinking about buying the book for my son!! Very Nice!!! @mjchatter

Natasha said...

Wow, how did you train him to create such wonderful pizza! Now you just have to get him to declare Sunday a day of rest for you and a day of cleaning for him, and it will be perfect!