Steak Pizzaiola is a family favorite here at the Lanni household. When you order it in an Italian restaurant it is usually made with a shell, strip or sirloin steak as these are firm, tender cuts. At home, we have always made it with bone-in chuck steaks. The chuck steak is an inexpensive but very flavorful choice but it can be tough. I decided to experiment and adapt the recipe for crock pot cooking and the result is an amazingly tender dish with really big flavor.
1 large [2-3#] bone in chuck steak, 1" thick
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
one 8 oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts, rinsed
1 large can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup red wine
1 tablespoon dry oregano
1/2 tablespoon dry basil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes [optional]
In the bottom of the crock pot combine all ingredients and stir. Cut the steak into 3 or 4 pieces to fit your crock and submerge them in the sauce mixture. Cook on medium for 6-7 hours until fork tender. Remove the meat to a serving platter and serve the sauce over white rice or pasta and top with grated romano cheese.