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Chicago-Style Italian Beef Pizza with Mushrooms, Bells, Mozzarella & Provolone

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Though I sure don’t miss the extreme winters that Chicago has, also now known as “Chiberia”, I sure do miss all of their wonderful food! From Polish festivals, to Irish Pubs, exotic China Town, incredible hotdogs, deep-dish pizzas, and Italian Beef sandwiches!

While my hubby was away on business, I decided to actually “cook” for myself. Something I’m terribly irresponsible about doing when he’s not at home. I hate cooking for one! Well, only when it’s for me, anyways.

But we had a dab of leftover French Dip beef in the freezer, and I got to thinking about what I could do with it to stretch it out. I’m good at doctoring up a frozen pizza when he’s away, so I thought, why not? Some of the elements were already partially built-in already! And this was something that I was willing to “cook” for myself. 😉

The “basic” Chicago Italian beef sandwich usually had lots of oregano and I always add pepperoncinis to mine, too. The “deluxe” version has “red sauce” (pizza sauce usually), and melted mozzarella. You can also pile your sandwich with “the works” which includes sautéed mushrooms, onions and bell peppers!

This sounded like it could easily be done on a pizza! Right? 😀

So that was the master plan. 😉

I pulled a few homegrown peppers from last summer out of the freezer. A small green bell, a mild sweet banana pepper, and another pepper that had just a little bit of heat.

 

 

mixed peppers

 

 

Diced them up along with some onion and fresh sliced mushrooms, butter and some oregano!

 

 

pan of veggies

 

 

Looks like a great start!! 😀

 

 

sauteed veggies

 

 

Since this was just going to be for me, and I didn’t feel like fussing with anything, I used a store-bought frozen pizza. Plain with lots of cheeses!

 

 

frozen pizza

 

 

I piled the pizza with the sautéed veggies, then topped them with the leftover French Dip!

 

 

italian beef pizza assembly

 

 

It still needed a blanket of cheese on top to keep everything from drying out of course, so I used a nice blend of mozzarella and provolone.

I only had two pepperoncinis left, so I sliced them up and simply added them on top, too, along with more oregano, basil, and a little garlic salt to season the cheese.

 

 

italian beef pizza asmbly 2

 

 

And…..Ta-dah! 

Look how gorgeous it turned out! Not too shabby for leftovers, freezer stash, and a frozen pizza!

 

 

italian beef pizza done

 

 

Look at all that yummy cheeeeeeeeese!!!

 

 

italian beef pizza cut

 

 

Letting this cool down so that the volcanic filling doesn’t incinerate the roof of my mouth….

 

 

italian beef pizza cooling

 

 

Ready for a slice? 😀

 

 

italian beef pizza slice

 

 

And there we have it! (You can add the pepperoncinis before or after baking. When baked, they have a very featherly-light and delicate crunch and are so good! But either way would be just fine.) If I had had more, I would’ve tripled the amount and added half on before and half after baking!

 

 

chicago italian beef pizza

 

 

This pizza fed me for three days! And BOY was it ever tasty! So if you end up with a dab of French Dip or italian beef left that’s not enough for one last sandwich, this is a super fun way to use it up! I had a little bit of au jus left from the beef, and it was AWESOME dipping the pizza slices into! It honestly really did resemble a Chicago-Style Italian Beef sandwich! 😀 I was really pleased with this easy no-brainer, and it sure brought a smile to my face! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed this simple to prepare, DELICIOUS, weeknight meal idea! Take care all, and THINK SPRING!! 😀 ~Kelly

 

Please click here for my French Dip recipe. *If you don’t have any cooked beef on hand, and want to keep it very simple, simply cook a small chuck roast in the pressure cooker (browning both sides in oil first) with some oregano, salt, pepper, and one can of beef consommé. Pull into chunks. (Skim fat from juice and save for dunking.)

 

 

Yield: 4-6 servings

Chicago-Style Italian Beef Pizza with Mushrooms, Bells, Mozzarella & Provolone

Chicago-Style Italian Beef Pizza with Mushrooms, Bells, Mozzarella & Provolone

Ingredients

French Dip beef, or tender cooked chunks of chuck roast (

  • 2 Tbl. butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • mixed bell peppers, as many as you like
  • 4 - 6 oz. sliced fresh mushrooms, as desired
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/16 tsp. garlic salt
  • 1/8 tsp. coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 plain frozen pizza with cheese, double cheese, or mixed cheeses
  • 1 - 2 cups shredded mozzarella & provolone blend cheese, I used 1 1/2 cups for "extra cheese", (1 cup = "regular", 2 cups = "double-cheese")
  • garlic salt to taste, (sprinkle lightly)
  • 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. finely crushed dried basil, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 -4 pepperoncinis, sliced, as desired
  • red pepper flakes when serving

Instructions

  • In large deep frying pan, melt butter and sauté onions, peppers, mushrooms and oregano until tender. Add minced garlic and sauté 1 minute longer. Add garlic salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 375º or according to pkg. directions. Line a pan with with foil if desired.
  • Unwrap pizza, remove from cardboard, and place onto pan.
  • Top with sautéed veggies. Top with warmed beef. Top with mozzarella.
  • Top with pepperoncinis before or after baking.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella with garlic salt, basil and oregano.
  • Bake according to pkg. directions. (It may take longer than suggested.) *If cheese starts to get too done, simply tent with foil not letting foil touch cheese.
  • Remove, let rest, cut, and serve with red pepper flakes if desired.

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    Diane

    Friday 13th of March 2015

    I just stumbled across your blog. I love your recipes and have printed several. You had recipes on the old Recipezaar, if I'm thinking of the same person.... (My daughter's favorite dip ever is the white queso.) Side note--I'm in Chesterton!

    Kelly

    Saturday 14th of March 2015

    Hi, Diane! :D Yep, that was me! :D And I've been to Chesterton many times! I used to go the Art Fair they had there in the summertime! (In the grassy square with the gazebo!) Small world!!! :D

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