Behold, the Steak and Cheese Pizza Loaf. This is similar to a Stromboli, which I love (you as well my Calzone friend) but it’s not rolled like it’s counterpart. Instead, this delicious beauty has seasoned shredded beef and melted cheese wrapped in pizza dough (hence the loaf)with more cheese sprinkled on top to give this a little extra cheesy crunch when baked.
This can easily be sliced and served in portions, or if you’re just really hungry, you can have a meal for one. I wont tell. After making this, it would have been really easy to devour the whole thing because it was that good, but I did share it with hubby. It’s easy to make more than one if your friends or neighbors are lured by the smell of this baking in the oven and want to come over for dinner.
See how all of that tender steak and melted cheese is wrapped in all of that tasty pizza dough? Who can resist this? I could very well sink my taste buds into another one as well.
You can make your own pizza dough or like I did to save a little extra prep time, buy some premade pizza dough. Another time saving tip is to buy the beef pre shredded. I have found more grocery stores now offer cuts of steak and beef already shredded. If you can’t find any pre shredded, you can ask your butcher to do it for you. If you prefer to slice it yourself, a great tip is to wrap the steak or cut of beef in plastic wrap and freeze for 30 minutes to an hour. Then using a sharp knife cut into thin slices. However you choose…pre made dough, pre sliced or go all in and do it yourself, this Steak and Cheese Pizza Loaf will definitely be a winner.
So grab a ball of dough, enough beef to please a carnivore and some tasty cheese, then read below to see what you need to make your own.
Here’s What You Need:
*Pizza dough (pre made or homemade) 1 ball makes 2 pizza loafs
*1 lb steak or roast thinly sliced or shaved
*favorite steak seasoning; I like to use Penzey’s Beef Roast Seasoning but you can use any kind
*salt to taste if needed (some steak seasonings contain salt so adjust according to your taste)
*shredded cheese; I used mozzarella and cheddar
*grated parmesan cheese (for the top)
*favorite marinara or pizza sauce for dipping.
Set out the pizza dough to rise according to package directions. Some might need an hour or longer depending on the dough.
Set out the sliced steak 30 minutes before cooking and season to taste with the steak seasoning and salt if needed.
Preheat oven to 400°
Heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat and add about 1 TBS. of the olive oil. When the skillet is hot, add in the steak.
Cook for about 2 to 3 minutes; stir occasionally. These will cook quick so don’t over cook the steak or it will become tough. Remove from the pan and let cool slightly.
On a work surface, cut the pizza dough into two halves. Stretch or roll out the dough into a large circle or rectangle.
As you can see, mine are never a perfect rectangle or circle.
Place the steak and cheese in the center leaving space around the edges to fold and seal up the dough.
Fold one side of the dough over and around to the underside.
Pinch all of the edges to seal closed.
Turn the dough over and place seam side down on a baking sheer lined with parchment paper.
Cut 3 thin slits into the top of the dough.
This will allow the steam to escape while cooking.
Brush the top with olive oil and sprinkle on the grated parmesan cheese.
Repeat the same process with the other half of the pizza dough.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.
*NOTE* If you do not want the parmesan cheese to crisp up, sprinkle on at the few minutes of baking.
Cut into slices and serve with marinara or pizza sauce for dipping on the side.
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