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The Pioneer Woman’s Steakhouse Pizza

Yesterday I wrote about my visit to Ree Drummond’s Seattle book signing this week. I thought you might enjoy a sneak peek at one of her latest recipes so I took one for the team and made the steakhouse pizza recipe (pages 141-144). This is the CliffsNotes version. You might like to enter to win the full version found in her lovely new cookbook by commenting on the book signing post here before midnight tomorrow – Friday, 4/27.

Cheese. Steak. Pizza.


  • 1 scant teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Combine yeast and water in a bowl. Allow to sit for 10 minutes. Add dry ingredients.

Turn mixer on low and slowly add olive oil.  Stop mixing when everything comes together. Remove dough from beater and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Place in a warm location and allow to rise for one hour.

Time for steak. The ignite button is broken on our grill so I asked son to light it for me. I may have handed him my pink lighter just so I could get this picture.


  • 1 skirt steak or flank steak (2 pounds)
  • Salt & pepper
  • 2 red onions, halved & thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (divided)
  • 2 cups good marinara sauce
  • 12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • Steak sauce to taste
  • Shaved parmesan cheese

I also sent son to the store for groceries which means that he came back with flank ribs instead of flank steak. But he uses a Mac so it balances out.

Flank rib steaks it is. Sizzle. Sizzle. Season steak with salt & pepper. Grill both sides of steak over medium heat for about 2 minutes each. Steak should be nice and pinkish red in the middle, so don’t overcook.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees and arrange oven rack to very bottom position.

Yeah, like that. Set steak aside.

Slice red onions thinly.

In a large pan, saute onions in olive oil and 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar.

Slice steak thinly.

Stir 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar into marinara sauce.

Roll out pizza dough and place on baking sheet.

Spread sauce over pizza dough. I used all 2 cups but think we might have liked less.

But it was most certainly delightful in flavors.

Son also declares that our store does not sell fresh mozzarella so he brought back the squared stuff.

It worked just fine too. Layer pizza with onions and then cheese and bake for 12-15 minutes or until crust is light golden brown and cheese is melted.

When it’s done, add steak and then fresh chopped green onions. I completely forgot the parmesan but I didn’t tell son or he might have realized that I make mistakes too. Add a dash of steak sauce here and there.

In the midst of a few mistakes, we found perfection. Thank you, Pioneer Woman. Thank you.

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