A couple of weeks ago I told you I would tell you how to make the arugula steak pizza I had pictured in my Sprucing Up An Outdoor Living Space – Part Deux post and today I will deliver. (No, I will not deliver the pizza itself, just the recipe. Although I do accept tips ;-))
Homemade pizza is frequently found at our dinner table, but Heather Bullard’s (a person that inspires us) recent homemade pizza post motivated me to venture a little bit outside of my comfort zone. We had some leftover steak in our refrigerator (a rarity) and I wanted to see if I could successfully incorporate it into a pizza. I’d personally never had steak on pizza before, but I think it’s safe to say it was a hit since there was very little left over. Victory!
Now, I’ve been using the word “pizza” to describe the deliciousness pictured above, but I have to share with you that one of our readers thought the pizza was a salad at first glance. A very valid thought since it is topped with arugula! This got my wheels turning and made me wonder if it could be both a pizza and a salad?!?! Wishful thinking on my part I’m sure, but you will get a nice serving of greens when you eat this pizza.
A pizza, steak, and salad combo all rolled into one – now that is what I call a win-win-win situation! Here’s how you can make one of your own and no, you are not obligated to share.
- 1 envelope active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 1/4-2 3/4 C flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 3 Tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 medium red onion, sliced
- 4 oz grilled steak of your choice
- 4 ounces crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
- 4 cups loosely packed arugula
- Combine water and yeast, stirring until dissolved.
- In a large bowl, mix together 2 1/4 C flour and salt.
- Add water and yeast mixture to flour and stir until well combined. Let the dough rest 10 minutes.
- On a floured work surface knead the dough for approximately 10 minutes. Gradually work in flour until the dough is no longer tacky and form into a ball.
- Coat dough ball with 1 Tablespoon of olive oil, place into a clean bowl, and cover with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel. (Be sure your bowl is large enough to allow the dough to double in size.)
- Leave bowl in a warm place for approximately 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Form or roll out dough onto your favorite pizza dish (mine is the Pampered Chef Rectangular Pizza Stone) or baking sheet. Randomly poke a few holes in dough with a fork.
- Place dough in the oven until lightly golden brown (approximately 7-10 minutes).
- While your crust is baking, heat remaining olive oil in a pan over medium heat and add garlic and onion. Saute until soft and golden brown.
- Remove pizza crust from oven and top with all the yummy stuff in your saute pan - oil, garlic, onions.
- Add steak slices and sprinkle with Gorgonzola cheese.
- Return pizza to oven for approximately 5-10 minutes to melt the cheese and warm the steak.
- Remove from oven, top with arugula, and devour!
- If you don't have the time or desire to make your own pizza crust, fresh store bought dough is a great alternative.