Tuesday, 5 March 2013

COOK: How to make pizzaiola

Did you spend your mornings watching the comedy show 'Everybody Loves Raymond'? Well his favourite dish which his mum rather famously cooks (and his wife rather famously tries to steal the recipe) is the Italian dish pizzaiola. This is basically a meat dish with any red meat of your choice (usually lamb, pork or beef) cooked in the tomato sauce used for pizza. As a student I love this dish for its cheap and simple ingredients, ease to make and amazing taste! It's also an extremely healthy dish as it offers both proteins and vegetable (which contain many beneficial vitamins and fibres) and you could add it to any carbohydrate of which you wish. I eat this dish as a slimming, diet meal without any carbohydrates as even just the meat and sauce is extremely filling not-to-mention delicious!!

Serves: 2
Time to make: 15 minutes

2 pork steaks (other red meat such as beef is also fine)
Half a tine of tomato sauce
Diced 1/4 onion,  1/4 pepper and 1/3 garlic
Vegetable stock
Pinch of salt and pepper
A teaspoon of oregano
5 basil leaves
Olive oil
TOP TIP: add a handful of grated carrot to make your sauce extra sweet and tasty!!

First cook a coin sized amount of olive oil in your pan with the garlic for around a minute.
Then add all the other vegetables and stir for around 2 minutes, then add the tomato sauce.
Cook this for around 7 minutes adding some salt and vegetable stock. (Taste with clean spoon to see how much is needed first). Then add the steaks leaving them to soak in the sauce and cook and after 3 minutes turn them over and add the oregano and basil. Leave it to cook for another 4 minutes.
Serve straight away with anything else you wish to add as a side dish.
Obviously if you are serving more people add more ingredients.

Here is a step-to-step picture of how to cook the meat.

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