January 21, 2008

Steak & Gorgonzola: Drool.

This is one of the best pizzas I’ve ever made. Seriously. While some people may find themselves daydreaming about traveling to exotic locations or a hot date, I’ve been thinking about this pizza and when I’ll get to taste it again. The day after making it I was sitting in class, doing my best to stay awake, (note- Business Communications is not very entertaining) and all I could think about was the fact that I had leftover Steak & Gorgonzola pizza sitting in my fridge and how much I wanted to be at home eating it. I even envisioned heating it up in the oven instead of nuking it in order to preserve the perfect crust and bubbling cheese. I actually had to wipe the drool away from my mouth and try to force myself to think of other things because if I didn’t get that pizza soon I was going to go into withdrawal, complete with the shakes. It was just that good.


Now I know all you savvy food enthusiasts out there love blue cheese, but in case you’re trying to convince a wary friend that mold is worth eating, gorgonzola is a good place to start. It’s a milder blue cheese, creamy and delicious, but still full of flavour. And what better a time to try this pizza than now as Joey of 80 Breakfasts has chosen Pizza as this month’s theme for Hay Hay it’s Donna Day, which was originally started by Barbara of Winos and Foodies.


My amazing Steak & Gorgonzola pizza comes from Food & Drink magazine, an awesome free publication put out by the LCBO. I decided to try a different crust than the one offered in Food & Drink and who to turn to but a fellow blogger? I’ve seen Joe, of Culinary in the Country, make countless dishes using his favourite pizza dough and they all look amazing. If he’s gone back to that same recipe again and again there has to be a good reason for it and I assure you, there is. This dough comes together in seconds in the food processor, is easy to work with and freezes well too if you feel like making a double batch, (I did!).


Steak & Gorgonzola Pizza, ( From Food & Drink, Winter 2008)


1 recipe of your favourite pizza dough, about a pound (I recommend Joe’s)


Sauce

1 T butter

2 large garlic cloves, minced

3 T all purpose flour

1 cup cold whole milk

½ cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese, about 3 oz, (I used close to 4, I like cheese)

¼ tsp salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper


Toppings

12-16 oz striploin steak, preferably 1 inch thick

1 tsp peanut oil

1 sweet red pepper

1 large or 2 medium portabello mushrooms

¾ cup freshly grated hard cheese, (blend of your choice)

3 cups cubed soft cheese blend, (I didn’t use this much)

1 cup thinly sliced sweet red or white onion

2 tsp finely chopped fresh or dry rosemary


1. Pat out dough in two 12 inch oiled pizza pans for thin crusts or a half sheet for a medium thick crust. If using a jelly roll pan for a thick crust, reduce topping quantities by a third. Form a rim around edges. (I made one 12 inch and 4 mini pizzas.)

2. To make sauce, melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat, add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Mix in flour; cool 1 minute, stirring frequently. Slowly whisk in milk; cook, stirring often, for 5-8 minutes or until mixture bubbles and thickens. Remove from heat. Stir in Gorgonzola, salt and pepper. If sauce seems very thick, stir in splashes of additional milk until consistency is that of pasta sauce. (Sauce can be covered and refrigerated for up to 2 days)

3. Heat a dry heavy frying pan, preferably cast iron or a grill pan, over med-high heat until very hot. Rub both sides of steak with oil. Place steak in hot pan; sear 1 min per side. Remove to plate while still very rare; immediately refrigerate. (Cover when cold if making up to a day ahead.) Slice cold steak into bite-sized ¼ inch thick slices just before using. Seed and very thinly slice red pepper. Remove stem from mushroom. Scrape out and discard black gills and stem. Thinly slice remaining mushrooms.

4. Arrange oven racks with one on lowest level and one on upper level.

5. Preheat oven to 475F at least 15min before baking.

6. Spread dough with sauce; then sprinkle with grated hard cheese and steak. Scatter top evenly with cheese cubes; top with red pepper, mushroom and onion slices. Let rise, uncovered for 10-20 minutes until dough has almost doubled.

7. Place pizza on lowest rack. Bake 5-10 minutes. Use a spatula to turn up one corner of dough to check for browning. When nicely browned, move pizza to top rack for 5-8 minutes or until top is golden. Scatter rosemary overtop of hot pizza. To preserve crispy bottom, slide onto a cooling rack.



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25 comments:

breadchick said...

OH BOY! There is nothing like beef and gorgonzola. There is a little deli around the corner from my office that makes this incredible meatloaf made with ground steak and gorgonzola. So, I think this pizza is going to be served at my Superbowl party!

Lydia said...

My mouth is watering! This pizza looks amazing.

Manggy said...

Thank you for putting up a recipe with wonderful, protein-rich, red, red, meat! I notice the blogging world has been afraid of beef as of late. It looks absolutelt decadent. I too will be putting up my own pizza... In a few days ;-)

K & S said...

I'm drooling, I'm drooling...

Ivy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. Your pizza seems so delicious. Reserve a piece for me please.

Oh for the love of food! said...

HA!HA! You are so funny, Brilyn - I really enjoyed reading your post. The pizza looks heavenly but I'm not big on cheese or anything that's mold inspired, unfortunately. Cheddar and mozzarella is as adventurous as I can be when it comes to cheese. But Ooooohh.. give me steak on pizza any day!

LyB said...

Steak and blue cheese, what a great combination! Now, if only I could convince my better half that "mold is worth eating" :)

Lyra said...

I love cheese, but for some reason I just don't enjoy the flavour of blue cheeses. I know for many that means that I don't really Love cheese properly, or else I would appreciate the full bodied flavour of a classy blue, but to me a lot of good buffalo wings and beef are ruined for my palate thanks to blue cheese.

Have you tried Peter Reinhardts pizza dough recipe (its on 100cookbooks.com). It is just about the best pizza dough that I have ever tried-at home or at a pizza restaurant!

kickpleat said...

whoa, this photo has me drooling! this is exactly what i want right now, even though it is 9:30 in the morning.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Amazing! I don't like blue cheese at all and you have me drooling here.

Deborah said...

Um, I can see why you couldn't stop thinking about this pizza. I'm not going to be able to stop thinking about this pizza today, and I don't have any leftovers at home!! Want to send some my way!?

Mary said...

I am currently wishing my leftover spaghetti was some of that pizza!

When I lived in Chicago we would go to this place called Moody's and get Blue Cheese burgers that had probably a 1/4 cup of blue cheese on top of them. They were oh so good! And this pizza reminds me of them. Thanks!

StickyGooeyCreamyChewy said...

Awesome pizza! I love the steak/gorgonzola combo. Homemade pizza is so much better, isn't it. I love to experiment with different toppings too.

Katy said...

that looks just awesome. gorgonzola anything would be perfect, but pizza? yes please.

Annemarie said...

Now that is one hearty sounding pizza - love it!

Peabody said...

When I saw it I thought of the Panago commercial for their steak pizza. Of course yours looks 100 times better.

Cakespy said...

HOLY YUM! I have never had this combination but obviously that needs to be remedied!

Kevin said...

This pizza sounds great! Gorgonzola is one of my favorite cheeses.

joey said...

Holy moly! This is a fantastic combination that is begging to be made and consumed by me! I would SO be thinking of it in class too :)

Thanks for joining HHDD Brilynn!

Lynnylu said...

I can just imagine how the pizza tastes looking at your fab photo!

katiez said...

WOW! All the other good words just don't seem adequate!
Do you share?

Suzana said...

What a coincidence - I also posted an entry for Donna Day using Gorgonzola as a topping! Your pizza looks yummy!

Lore said...

I know this doesn't sound very professional, but for me making pizza is just an excuse to make a topping using every single ingredient I have in my fridge.
Yours looks totally amazing!

crumblycookie said...

Wow, you certainly made that sound tempting! I've had some...issues with blue cheese since a bad experience a few years ago, so this might be a great way to give it another chance!

Barbara said...

Brilynn that is brilliant. I'm dreaming of it to now. Thansk for joining HHDD.