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Saturday, November 24, 2012

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza

I have to admit I was bragging about my pizza making skills to my parents, and they kind of called me out ! We play this game where I have to make pizza using only ingredients we have on hand. Since it was Sunday, and there was football, it made sense to make a Philly Cheesesteak inspired pizza. 

This one was actually so easy it was almost a no-brainer, but everyone loved it so much, it definitely makes its way onto the "keeper" list of recipes. If you don't have the roasted red pepper spread, any marinara on hand would replace it. 

Philly Cheesesteak Pizza 
For the crust: 
(makes enough for 2 thin crust pizzas) 
3/4 cup water 
1/2 teaspoon yeast 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
2 cups flour plus more for rolling 
Preheat oven to 500, if using pizza stone, preheat stone as well. Warm water in microwave 30-45 seconds until just above room temperature. Stir in yeast and let rest 5 minutes. Add in flour and sugar, and knead until smooth. Divide into two pieces. On floured surface, roll until desired size and thickness (this should be quite thin). I usually roll onto parchment paper if baking, or foil if grilling. 

For the toppings: 
2 tablespoons roasted red pepper spread, pureed roasted red peppers, or marinara sauce 
1/4 pound Italian beef, diced 
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper 
1/2 cup onion, diced 
1/2 pound provolone cheese, cut into strips 
Spread red pepper spread over crust. Top with meat, then peppers, onions, and cheese. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Remove from oven, let rest for 2-3 minutes, then serve. 

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