Saturday, June 2, 2012

Steak/ Portobello "Salad" Focaccia Pizza

We're big fans of homemade pizza around here, but I don't always feel up to making the dough myself. My solution? Find something that's just as good and takes less time than ordering out. (not that we don't enjoy takeout from some of our favorite pizza joints, too) Our local grocery store bakery departments make some really decent in store baked artisan breads and rolls and two of my favorites are the focaccia and ciabatta bread.  Especially when I get there just as they're coming out of the ovens... mmmmm. Can't you just smell that doughy goodness?

Steak Salad Focaccia Pizza
We were in the mood for something crusty and cheesy the other night, but Hubbs was also thinking he might like a steak and salad. So, I did the next best thing. I combined them. I've been getting some feedback lately here and on my facebook page, that folks would like to see some vegetarian recipes and even though the hubbs and I are card carrying carnivores, we can certainly appreciate a delicious meatless meal, too. I'd picked up a nice looking top sirloin and some portobello mushrooms along with my freshly baked focaccia and figured, why not make two pizzas. One with meat and one without.

Portobello Focaccia Pizza
Hubbs looked at me like I had eight heads when I told him that I was making a batch of Maple Buttermilk Herb dressing to go on the pizzas, but once he tasted it, he gave me some of the biggest compliments that he's ever given me, in almost 30 years of eating my food. For realz.

The whole meal took under 45 minutes. (including grilling the steak and the mushrooms)

Steak/Portobello "Salad" Focaccia Pizzas
  • 2 Lg Focaccia flats
  • 2 Lg Portobello Mushroom Caps
  • 12oz Top Sirloin Steak
  • Montreal Style Steak/Chicken Seasoning
  • 10-12oz Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, sliced or crumbled
  • 8-10 "Cocktail" or Lg Cherry Tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 Small Red Onion, thinly sliced
  • Mixed Salad Greens
  • 1 Recipe Sweet Buttermilk Herb Dressing (Here)


This was a beautiful piece of top sirloin and it was on sale for $4.99/lb. I call that a win/win!


The portobellos were thick and meaty, which is exactly why they're perfect as a vegetarian substitute or alternative for steak or other meats.



I brushed them with a little olive oil and seasoned them pretty liberally with a blend of Montreal Steak Seasoning and Montreal Chicken Seasoning. I like to cut the steak seasoning with something else, because it's a bit too heavy on the black pepper for me. Use whatever blend of seasonings you like best. Hubbs tossed them on the grill while I prepared the Focaccia bases. Mushrooms are like natures little sponges and will soak up any oil that you brush on them very quickly, so don't be tempted to keep adding more. A tablespoon or two is plenty and pressing them (top side down) lightly into a plate sprinkled with your seasonings, is the best way to make the seasoning stick.


I prepped the tomatoes, onions and cheese while the steak and mushrooms were on the grill, so that I could make the pizzas in an assembly line fashion, once everything was done and had rested a little. If your mixed greens aren't already washed, give them a good rinse and spin them in a salad spinner (one of my favorite inventions, btw) or use some paper toweling to dry them well.


Brush the Focaccia(s) lightly with some good olive oil...


and begin layering on your toppings, starting with the cheese. The salad greens and the meat/mushrooms won't be going on the pizzas until they've (the pizzas) come off the grill.


Hubbs put the pizzas on the grill, in the center of the rack, with only the side burners on low and the lid closed. (indirect heat) You don't want to place these directly over a flame or heating element, because the breads are already cooked and you don't want them to burn. If you don't have a grill, just pop them in an oven at 400 degrees for about 5-8 minutes. All you're really looking for is to have the cheese melt, the crust to get a little crispy and the veggies to warm through a little.


I sliced the mushrooms and steak on an angle for presentation purposes, but you could always cut them into easier to eat, bite sized pieces if you prefer. (I'll probably do it that way from now on because I'd rather not use a knife and fork to eat my pizza)



Then, just pile on the greens, meat, mushrooms or a combination of both (if you're not strictly vegetarian) and cut each pizza into fourths, sixths or even eighths. The smaller slices would make a great little pass-around for a dinner party or cookout. I serve the dressing on the side, so that nothing gets soggy.




The Buttermilk Herb Dressing is loosely based on a dressing that was made regionally famous at a restaurant in Middlebury Vermont, called Fire And Ice. You can find the recipe HERE.

It's not your typical ranch style dressing. It has a sweet, tangy twist to it that's seriously 100 times better than any ranch dressing I've ever had and it was perfect with these pizzas.


Enjoy!!

Mary





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8 comments:

  1. Oh my...my favorite yet! Love steak, love mushrooms, and I make homemade pizzas every week. This is the perfect combination!

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  2. Wow!! This looks amazing and I'm definitely ready to try it!

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  3. OmyGOSH,
    This is Gorgeous.
    With a glass of Merlot, I'd say it's pretty close to Perfection...

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  4. Oh, my word, I am inviting myself over to your house!!! That looks so unbelievably fabulously amazing!!!

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  5. Thank you SO much for coming by and leaving such sweet comments! I've been straight out with Spring cleaning and outdoor work since the warmer weather hit and it isn't over yet... (sigh) But, things are looking a whole lot better and brighter around here, so it's worth all of the blood, sweat and payback. Hope to be able to stop by and say hello to you all, in the next few days. Have an amazing weekend, y'all! ~Mary

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  6. I wish we lived close. I could learn so much from you! Love all your recipes. Thanks so much Mary for sharing at Toot Your Horn Tuesday :)

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  7. I just popped over from Friday's Unfolded. This looks fan-diddy-tastic...(fantastic just didn't seem big enough). I can't wait to give this a try. I've got it pinned. You photos are just great too!

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