Sunday, May 2, 2010

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza

A while back, I was watching one of my favorite food shows, Bobby Flays Throwdown, on the Food Network. The particular show was a Philly Cheese Steak Throwdown – one of my very favorites after living in South Jersey for seven years. For his sandwich, Bobby made a provolone sauce rather than just use cheese and the whole thing sounded like the makings of a pizza to me.

So for this meal we pretty followed his recipe for everything and used some pizza dough we had in the freezer. To kick them up a notch, we did them on the grill, which is our favorite method – each step with the grill lid closed. This is a repeat, but we cook the first side on medium until it is golden brown, then flip it and cook the bottom just enough to keep it from sticking to a cutting board.

Before we started the crust, we made the provolone sauce using Bobby’s recipe:
1 tbsp unsalted butter
1 tbsp all purpose flour
2 cups whole milk heated
1 cup grated aged provolone (we used regular deli cheese)
1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 tsp kosher salt
¼ tsp fresh ground black pepper

I also separately sautéed some thin sliced strip steak, sliced cremini mushrooms, and julienned sweet pepper and I caramelized some onions. Didn’t take any pics as it would just have been these items cooking in a skillet. The steak sandwiches I remembered had meat, provolone cheese and grilled onions, so the peppers and mushrooms were a bonus on the pizza. Here’s the finished product - we decided at the last minute to toss on some additional cheese and it was already sliced.

I believe it needed more meat and less or no mushrooms – while they were good, they took away from the traditional cheese steak taste. The report is (notice how I generally tell you how we liked things), it was a good idea to try it, it was a good pizza, but we all like a Philly cheese steak sandwich better. I think I’ll try it again on a tortilla to keep it small and simple and begin with just a little red sauce, then lots of meat, peppers, onions and shredded provolone on top. Of course, I'll let you know if I try it.

Thanks for stopping by.



  1. Your pizza looks delicious, but there are some food combinations that shouldn't be tinkered with. I do love a good Philly cheese steak sandwich.

  2. Interesting experiment and at least you had fun, right?

  3. Interesting and a wonderful goal... you would have the world beating a path to your doorstep if it had worked as you had hoped.

    wondering how thick this was, sounds like lots (too many maybe) of ingredients.

  4. Now you know! The pizza looks delicious but some dishes are best left in their unaltered state. I love PCS. Have a great day, Larry. Blessings...Mary

  5. Hi There, I would like that pizza ---but I'm not crazy about the Philly cheese steak sandwich to begin with.. SO--putting it in the form of a pizza might be better for me. Interesting what all they do put in pizzas these days!!!!!

  6. I've never had a Philly Cheese Steak SW! We're so sheltered at this high altitude! :-)

  7. Looks good! I love pizza - I could eat it every day.

  8. I had pizza this weekend too! Mine was a bit more basic though. Love that show too - it's always fun to watch and see what he is up to. I'm with you on the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich though, but bet this would be a great combo for an English muffin pizza.

  9. One thing I've learned about homemade pizza is not to add too many ingredients - hard to curb, but the pizza tastes better. A Philly Cheesesteak wrap sounds like a fun experiment!


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