Ever since I came across this issue of Bon Appetit magazine, my homemade pizza world drastically changed. Never will I ever buy store bought pizza dough again. There just isn’t a comparison. From how easily the dough stretches, to its pan tossed texture, and how simple it is to make, store bought pizza dough is not welcome here no more. I hope you are encouraged to brave the world of rising yeast and join me in changing how you view homemade pizza! As epic as that sounds, nights that I make pizza are not that epic. I recently made this hearty Steakhouse pizza pie for friends and it was an immediate hit. Chris and I also take no shame in eating a pizza pie for date night, even if there are yummy leftovers to look forward to the next day. At this point, I know you probably scrolled down to the ingredients list and immediately cast off this recipe because of how long it looks. Don’t fret! I’m here to comfort you in saying you probably have most of those ingredients sitting in your pantry, just waiting to be used! For the sake of your overall happiness, I really hope you try this goody out! No room for disappointments!
In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add onions and balsamic vinegar. Cook, stirring occasionally until caramelized, about 15-20 minutes. Remove onions to another dish and put skillet back on the heat.
Rub the flank steak with the salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, onion powder, sugar, and cayenne pepper. Set aside.
Heat olive oil in the same skillet as the onions over medium high heat. Once pan is very hot, add flank steak. I like my flank steak just above medium rare so I cook my steak for about 4 minutes per side. If you want to take a walk on the wild side, cook steak for 2 minutes each. Remove from heat and let rest 10 minutes before slicing.
As the steak rests, place all of the steak sauce ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes then remove from heat.
Slice steak thinly and against the grain. I like to then cut my slices in half so they are more bite sized.
To assemble the pizza: Spread marinara sauce over the pizza dough. Then, add the mozzarella, cheddar, and the caramelized onions. You can add your steak here if you like it to be more cooked. If not, leave it off and place pizza on the top rack in the oven. Bake for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is golden. Remove from heat, sprinkle steak all over the pizza and drizzle as much steak sauce as you want.
Top with grated Parmesan, slice, and serve. I like to serve the pizza right out of the pan it was baked in!
For the pictures, I used fresh mozzarella instead of grating whole milk mozzarella. Don’t be like me. It was a mess to eat!