Pittsburgh Steak Salad


Pittsburgh Steak Salad
In honor of today being the first day of Summer I wanted to post my favorite summertime salad. Growing up very close to Pittsburgh this salad was on most restaurant menus. Every time we would head east to Pittsburgh we would eat at Primanti Bros. Restaurant and I would order this salad! I love to serve this with Poppy Seed or Sweet and Sour dressing, but you can use our favorite.

Ingredients:
5 rib eye steaks

1 large bag of steak fries deep-fried or baked

½ lb. mild cheddar shredded

1 head lettuce rough chop

1 large stalk celery diced small

2 carrot peeled and julienned

3 large tomatoes wedged

½ large seedless cucumber sliced thin

1 red pepper, julienned

bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled

1 Bottle favorite dressing (I use Poppy Seed or Sweet and Sour)

In a large bowl mix together lettuce, carrots, red pepper and celery. Then in 5 separate salad bowls add you salad mixture. Then arrange your tomatoes and cucumbers around the salad and put them in the refrigerator until ready for use. Season steaks and grill. While steaks are cooking deep fry you French fries.  Add French fries and bacon to top of salads.  Cut steaks into 1 inch strips place on top of fries. Top the hot steak with cheddar cheese. Serve with favorite dressing.
Yield: serves 5

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Seven Layer Meatless Tortilla Pie


I love this recipe! It’s a great dinner for your busy summer evenings.  It’s also super quick to assemble and so versatile. If you want you can add meat ground beef or turkey seasoned with some taco or fajita seasoning.  Grilled chicken, turkey, pork also seasoned and sliced thin works great. If you are going to add a meat layer, do so after spreading the beans on the tortilla. Top with cheese and continue with standard directions.  

This is a dinner that will please everyone in your family. I like to serve mine with shredded  lettuce and diced tomatoes. If you don’t want to use sour cream, for a dip or dressing to drizzle on top of the pie,  I mix some picante sauce and Ranch dressing together.

Enjoy and Happy cooking,
Vonnie                                                                                                

 

 

 
Ingredients:
2 (15 ounce) cans pinto beans, drained
1 cup picante sauce
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained
2 small tomato, chopped
7 (8 inch) flour tortillas
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
Optional toppings:

sour cream
green onions, chopped
black olives, sliced
jalapeno, sliced

Directions:
Mash pinto beans. Stir in 3/4 cup picante sauce and garlic powder.
Mix remaining picante sauce, cilantro, black beans and tomatoes.
Place 1 tortilla on baking sheet. Spread 3/4 cup pinto bean mixture over tortilla to within 1/2-inch of edge. (Add meat layer)  Top with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with 1 tortilla and 2/3 cup black bean mixture. Top with 1/4 cup cheese. Repeat layers twice more. Top with remaining tortilla and spread with remaining pinto bean mixture. Cover with foil.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 40 minutes or until hot. Uncover. Top with remaining cheese. Cut into wedges. Serve with additional picante sauce, sprinkle with additional cilantro if desired, and optional toppings