When I was growing up my mother used to treat us every now and again to a steak supper called Swiss Steak. It was delicious and one of my father's favourite meals. Easy to do . . . it involved beating tougher cuts of steak to tenderize them, browning them and then braising them in a mix of tinned tomatoes and onions. When I had my own family, I added peppers and herbs to the mix. Everyone loved it.
I am thinking that every culture must have one of these man pleasing kind of meals. This is an Italian Version I am showing you here today, recipe from Cirio . . . a delicious dish . . . Steak with Pizzaiola Sauce, or Bistecca alla Pizzaiola as it is known in Italian circles.
Pizzaiola Sauce is a delicious sauce from the Naple region of Italy and incorporates all of the lovely flavours of a pizza sauce . . . . olive oil, garlic, oregano, tomatoes, onions . . . similar to swiss steak except that the sauce is served as an enhancement to the meat, the meat it not braised in it, which makes it the perfect steak sauce for some of those tender cuts such as sirloin or rib eyes. The perfect dish to treat the men in your house with for Father's Day!
*Steak with Pizzaiola Sauce*(Bistecca alla Pizzaiola)
I used Cirio Passata for this dish. I Love the Cirio tomato products. They are my favourite of all the tinned tomatoes available today and perfect for dishes like this in which you really want the tomato flavour to shine. Cirio Passatas come from the ripest tomatoes, simply peeled and seive. The Rustic Passata has a lovely chunky texture which is perfect for dishes such as this, whilst the Smooth Passata with it's creamy texture is great for making pizza and pasta sauces. It's my passata of choice.
All Cirio Tomato products are made from 100% Italian Tomatoes, harest and processed on the same day and with guaranteed traceability from seed to fork. Ciro's products creat the real rich and unique "Taste of Italy" ideal for the most discerning chefs and households.
One of my favourite lunches or light suppers in the summer is simply a tin of chilled tomatoes with a slice of buttered bread. I always choose Cirio, and no . . . I haven't been paid to say that. It's the truth.
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