FOFF: Strike it Rich Steak Pizza

by Joanne on November 17, 2011

I went to see the eye doc this week. As I sat in the office, the only one there, I  wondered why, when my appointment was scheduled for  9:15 am and it was now 9:40, had no doctor nor assistant seen me.  Paperwork was completed.  They had in fact told me TWICE “we’ll see in you in a minute” .  As I stared  as the wall, listening to music playing loudly from the Christian music station, with a lot of static, I came to the decision that I much prefer going for a mammogram rather than sitting in that office waiting for an excruciating length of time for no reason at all.


The good news:  Healthy eyes and I STILL don’t need cheaters.

Steak or “Steak” Pizza depending whether or not you are vegetarian.


There is a steak eater and a non-steak eater in our house so we made half steak and half “steak” pizza.  It works!


This week, Carla Vavala’s book

Carla Vavala

told us how to make a terrific pizza.  It has a unique twist: You add coriander to the pizza dough!


  • 1 lb pizza dough (I use multi grain)
  • 3 TBS dried coriander
  • 1/2 to 3/4 lb top round steak or use vegetarian substitute or, as we did 1/2 real meat 1/2 vegetarian – or simply try beans.

Marinade for meats

  • Combine:   1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro with 3 TBS lime juice, 2 TBS olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/2 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp garlic powder.
  • Coat meat with marinade and allow to sit in the fridge, in marinade for 2 hours.


  • Combine in a blender or food processor:  1 small Serrano pepper, seeds removed (or use a bell pepper as we did-seeds removed), 2 firm plum tomatoes-seeded, 1 TBS lime juice, 1 garlic clove, salt and pepper to taste and 1/2 tsp. fresh cilantro. Mix until smooth and saucy.

The Cheeses

  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup smoked Gouda
  • 3 –4  slices pepper Jack cheese
  • *We used Asiago, Parmesan, and Romano cheeses

Preheat oven to 425 F.

Cook the meat in a pan for about 5 minutes.

Knead the coriander into the pizza dough then roll out into a 9 x 13 rectangle.

Top the dough with the sauce, then the meat and finally the cheeses.  Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.


Ohhh…so good.


The coriander was not really noticeable in our pizza.


But is was good. An easy way to make sauce and a great way to cook a pizza. Nothing beats homemade.

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  • At 2011.11.17 08:40, Donna said:

    sounds like Dr. Collino’s office…..

    • At 2011.11.17 09:10, Peggy said:

      Hey girl, sorry I did not make this week. No excuses, just didn’t. But it looks delicious!! I hope you have a wonderful week coming next week with lots of family and friends to share with and lots of good food. I know you will have lots of good food knowing you! I always enjoy Thanksgiving – just feels like such a “warm” holiday.

      • At 2011.11.17 11:31, Lori said:

        There really is just no excuse when the first few appointments of the day are behind. I hate when appointments are late and I let them know it.

        That pizza looks yummy!

        • At 2011.11.17 19:07, Amy said:

          what steak substitute do you use?

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