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Argentines worship meat. Argentines adore pizza. And so, they figured out a way to unite these two great loves. For most of us, this would mean piling on the pepperoni, dotting the top with some meatballs or adding bulk Italian sausage to our favorite pizza. But clearly, our imaginations are limited.


You see, with this dish, Argentines don’t put meat on the pizza. The meat is the pizza. Behold the ultimate pizza for carnivores: matambre a la pizza.


Matambre, a cut of beef that Americans know as flank steak, is the meat that covers the ribs just under the hide [a photo of the cut]. Americans tend to cook flank steak to medium-rare or medium to ensure tenderness, as this cut is quite lean; however, most Argentines would balk at that level of doneness. In Argentina, matambre is often tenderized with milk and typically slow-roasted or grilled to medium-well or well done.


The classic toppings for matambre a la pizza include fresh tomato, roasted red peppers and—just in case there wasn’t enough protein for you—sliced deli ham. Other popular pizza toppings in Argentina include green olives, chopped hardboiled eggs, and hearts of palm, but the last two don’t normally show up on matambre a la pizza.


So, forget about ordering from your local pizza joint this weekend, and whip up this “pizza” guaranteed to satisfy those meat cravings.

Matambre a la Pizza



1 flank steak or matambre, 2 to 3 lb.

1 qt. milk

2 cloves garlic, smashed

salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

approx. 1 c. store-bought or homemade pizza sauce

8 oz. shredded mozzarella cheese

dried oregano, to taste



sliced tomato

strips of roasted red pepper

slices of deli ham [optional]



Trim away the silver skin and most of the excess fat from the meat. Place the flank steak in a large glass dish with the milk. Cover the dish with plastic wrap, and marinate the steak overnight (at least 12 hours) in the refrigerator.


Remove the meat from the refrigerator 1 hour before cooking. Preheat the oven to 325ºF.


Line a roasting pan with heavy-duty foil, and then place a lightly crumpled piece of foil in the center to raise the meat up off the bottom of the pan. Remove the flank steak from the milk (do not discard the milk), and season it with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the flank steak in the roasting pan, fat side up, and add the garlic and 1 ¼ cups of the milk used to marinate the flank steak. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and place in the oven.


After 45 minutes, remove the pan from the oven. Increase the oven temperature to 350ºF. Transfer the flank steak to a plate for a moment, and place a wire rack in the roasting pan. Return the meat to the pan and roast it in the oven, uncovered, for another 20 minutes.


Remove the pan from the oven, and flip the flank steak over. Add a layer of pizza sauce, mozzarella cheese, oregano and other toppings, as desired.


Return the flank steak to the oven for 10 more minutes or until the cheese has melted.


Slice and serve immediately with french fries, ensalada rusa, or mashed potatoes and a green salad.

Other recipes by Katie:

Panqueques de Dulce de Leche (Dulce de Leche Crepes)
Pasta Frola (Quince Fruit Tart)
Empanadas Árabes
Tarta de Pollo y Choclo (Chicken and Corn Pie)
Coquitos (Coconut Macaroons)
Tortas Fritas
Humita en Olla (Creamy Stewed Corn)
Bifes a la Criolla
Lomito Completo (Argentine Steak Sandwich)


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Comment by Katie Metz de Martínez on September 16, 2014 at 6:45am

You're welcome, Stephanie. I hope you give it a try!

Comment by Stephanie Enriquez on September 15, 2014 at 7:59pm

This looks delicious!


Comment by Katie Metz de Martínez on March 26, 2012 at 9:09pm

I wish I could send you a "slice." Food cravings when you're far from home are the worst!

Comment by Aledys Ver on March 25, 2012 at 5:47pm

I crave for matambre300 days of the year - fortunately the other 65 I am normally in Argentina :) And next to matambre, the next best thing for me is matambre a la pizza. I can't think of anything that I miss more than this now that I live away from home!

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