Steak alla Pizzaiola

byundefined| PUBLISHED Jan 5, 2009 5:00 AM
Steak alla Pizzaiola

When crushed by hand, whole peeled canned tomatoes make a quick, rustic sauce for steak.

Yield: serves 4


  • 4 (5-oz.) chuck blade steaks, pounded to 1/2" thickness
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> cup flour
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 tsp. crushed red chile flakes
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>2</sub> cup red wine
  • 1 (28-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed by hand
  • 15 basil leaves, torn in half
  • 15 oregano leaves


  1. Season steaks with salt and pepper to taste. Put flour into a small dish and dredge each steak, shaking off excess flour, and transfer to a plate. Heat oil in a 12" high-sided skillet over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, sear steak, flipping once, until browned and medium rare, about 4 minutes. Transfer steaks to a plate. Repeat with remaining steaks.
  2. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until golden, about 3 minutes. Add chile flakes and wine and cook until wine has reduced by 3⁄4, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes, basil, and oregano, season with salt and pepper to taste, and bring to a simmer. Add steaks and smother in sauce. Serve hot.