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Steak Pizzaiola Open Face Sandwiches


Steak Pizzaiola Sandwich

I managed to catch my son’s cold.  Usually I am the one in the family who can fight off a cold, or get a mild version of it.  Not this time!  My 8 year old was sick for a day and a half.  I am on day 3, and still lacking energy.  Thankfully my husband has helped out with dinner the last couple nights, so I could just relax.  I am ready to start feeling better and have more energy though, because I have some baking and dinner ideas I want to try!

Steak Pizzaiola Sandwich

Sick or not, I am all about quick dinner ideas.  I have an 8 year old who has homework, sports practice, clubs, and other activities during the week.  So once we get home for the day, I don’t really want to spend hours cooking dinner.  I like to have a few go to dinners for busy weeknights.  That way we can eat at a decent time, and still have time to relax and spend time together before bedtime.   Sandwiches are a quick dinner, but they can get boring pretty quickly!  These steak pizzaiola sandwiches really take sandwich night to a new level.

Steak Pizzaiola Sandwich

These open face sandwiches are so quick and easy for a weeknight meal.  Pizzaiola is an Italian dish, usually steak, served in a “pizza style”  This version slices steak, and serves it over crusty bread for an open face sandwich.  It is topped with cheese that gets all melty and gooey in the oven.  It has all the elements of true comfort food, but it actually pretty good for you!  If you don’t have steak you could use chicken, pork, or even turkey.   All would pair well with the Italian style tomato sauce and gooey cheese.

Steak Pizzaiola Open Face Sandwiches
Serves: 4
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Sliced sirloin steak in an Italian tomato sauce, served over crusty bread and topped with cheese.
  • 1 pound sirloin steak, trimmed and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 4 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 (1-inch-thick) slices ciabatta (or other crusty) bread
  • 2 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh basil leaves
  1. Preheat broiler to high.
  2. Toss sliced steak with 1 tsp olive oil, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper.
  3. Heat a large skillet over high heat. Add steak, and cook for about 2 minutes or until browned. Remove from the pan.
  4. Using a fork, potato masher, your hands, or even a food processor crush the tomatoes.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-high. Add remaining 1 Tbls oil to pan. Add garlic, and cook for 30 seconds. Add oregano, ¼ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper, and tomatoes. Reduce heat, and simmer for 6 minutes. Add the steak back to the pan, tossing to coat.
  6. Place slices of bread on a baking sheet; broil 1 minute on each side, or until lightly toasted. Spoon about ¼ cup of steak/tomato mixture onto toasted bread. Sprinkle cheese evenly over the slices of bread.
  7. Broil for about 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. Sprinkle with fresh basil to serve.
Adapted from Cooking Light





  1. I’m sorry you’ve been sick. I had the same thing happen to me last week. Dudette was sick for a day or so and it hung on with me for close to a week. Wishing you quick healing here on out. I’m in the need of quick dinner too and these sound fantastic (are we mirroring each others’ lives?).

  2. I could totally go for one of these for lunch right now. Looks delicious. Feel better soon!

  3. Hope you’re feeling better! These sandwiches look so tasty, love that they are open face!

  4. This is SO my kind of weeknight meal, Erin! Easy, flavorful and no-fuss. Looks so delicious!

  5. Yum! I could seriously sink my teeth into that! :)

  6. Yum, this is definitely my kind of sandwich! Hope you kick that cold soon :)

  7. Feel better! Thanks for sharing these awesome sandwiches :)

  8. Looks yummy, and I love easy dinner ideas too this is a good one my son would love. Feel better soon :)

  9. These look yummy, Erin! I agree; with kids, you have GOT to have some quick and easy foods in your repertoire and these look right up my alley.

  10. What a simple great idea for dinner! My hubby would love this!!!


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