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Playing Philly a la Pizzaiola


  • 2 field peppers or red frying peppers
  • 3 tablespoons EVOO – Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus additional for drizzling
  • 1 large onion, quartered and thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, lightly crushed in your palm
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup white or red wine
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons hot pickled pepper rings, chopped or hot pickled pepper/Hoagie Spread plus a splash of brine
  • About 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil, to crisp steaks
  • 1 1/4 pounds very thinly sliced/shaved boneless rib-eye steak
  • Salt and pepper
  • Soft Italian hoagie rolls (12-inch sub rolls), split
  • 1 ball smoked mozzarella, shredded or 2 1/2 cups shredded provolone


Serves: 4 servings


Char peppers under the broiler or over a gas flame then place in a bowl and cover to steam. Let cool, peel and seed them then slice into strips.

Heat a skillet or a saucepot over medium-high heat with EVOO. Add onions, garlic, salt, oregano and chili flakes, and cook to soften, 8-10 minutes. Add tomato paste, stir, then add wine and stir a minute more. Add tomatoes, roasted pepper strips, pickled peppers and brine. Simmer while you cook meat.

Heat a cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add a drizzle of oil to the pan and the steak. Toss and chop meat with a metal spatula or toss with tongs to brown and crisp; season with salt and pepper.

Fill rolls with cheese then top with hot beef and some sauce.