Thursday, October 7, 2010

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza


My husband is a huge baseball fan.  He's been collecting baseball memorabilia since he was a little kid.  He dreams of visiting all of his favorite baseball parks.  But with kids, work, and all of life's other responsibilities, his dream has been put on hold for now.  I wanted to fulfill a portion of my husband's dreams, so about 4 years ago, I  called up his boss and asked if he would give Todd a few days off....how could his boss say "NO" to me?  I told him of my plans to surprise Todd with a trip to Boston so we could watch the Red Sox play at Fenway Park.


So my plan began.  I made our travel arrangements, purchased game day tickets (just in case it was sold out as many afternoon games are at Fenway), arranged for childcare, and planned a surprise party.  I ordered a baseball decorated cake that read "Boston Red Sox", decorated our living room with baseball cutouts and lots of red and white balloons and streamers, and laid out the baseball tickets on our kitchen table.  We yelled "SURPRISE" when he walked in the door from a long day at work and he was really confused.  I had to break it all down for him.  And he was shocked I called his boss and arranged all of this without his knowledge.  I did give him a day's notice so he could get everything lined out at work and have plenty of time to pack.

It was a lot of fun for just the two of us to get out of town together and enjoy Boston.  There is so much history, culture, and diversity in Boston.  The ballpark was incredible!  The fans are die hard fans!  And the food was delicious!  We ate in Little Italy, Chinatown, and many pubs.  My husband's favorite meal was the Philly cheese steak pizza he ate at a restaurant just outside of Fenway Park.  We rode the subway to Fenway and arrived several hours early with the rest of Boston's die hard fans.  We had cold beers and pizza on the patio of Cask 'n Flagon, which is right outside of the ballpark behind home base.  





My husband has been dreaming of that Philly cheese steak pizza ever since and finally got another taste at home.

Ingredients:

1 white onion, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
8 oz. mushrooms, sliced
4 oz. deli roast beef, shaved
3 T Worchestershire sauce
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 T olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 cups grated mozzarella
5-6 slices provolone

Italian Pizza Crust

In a skillet, saute the onions, green peppers, mushrooms, salt, and pepper in olive oil until cooked through.  Add the roast beef and cook another 3 minutes.  Add Worchestershire sauce, stir, and remove from heat.  Brush prepared pizza crust with 3 T olive oil and crushed garlic.  Top with the meat and vegetable mixture.  Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese over top, and layer on provolone slices. 


If you par-baked the pizza crust, bake at 400-425 degrees for 12-15 minutes until crust is golden brown and cheese is melted.  If you did not parbake the crust, the cooking time will need to be increased by about 10 minutes.  Remove from oven and let sit for 5 minutes before cutting and serving.  Enjoy!

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