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Have you ever tasted really good barbecue ribs and the savory heat lingers on your tongue for a while? Those flavors are igniting your umami—your fifth taste that is released from the amino acids found naturally in proteins. So, basically, every time you feel that extra kick when you’re eating, that’s your umami taste coming out!

So, what’s the best umami recipe, you might ask? According to food experts at Food 52, it’s steak and mushroom pizza. We created our own version (steak and mushroom pizza-dilla), so you can now cook the best pizza-dilla ever.

What Do You Need?

Is there anything better than stuffed tortillas bound with gooey mozzarella and dipped into a warm marinara sauce? This is the perfect pizza quesadilla, or as we call it, a pizza-dilla.

To make this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Cooking spray
  • 8 ounces of top sirloin steak, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • One tablespoon of butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • One container of pre-sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 4 ounces of mozzarella cheese, shredded and divided
  • 4 eight-inch whole-wheat flour tortillas
  • One cup of marinara sauce, warmed
  • 3/8 teaspoon of salt, for taste

How Do You Make This?

You might think this is a complicated recipe, but it’s actually one of the easiest pizzas you can make. Follow these simple, easy-to-learn steps and you’ll master this recipe in no time.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray, add the steak, sprinkle with 1/8 teaspoon of salt, and cook for about three minutes, or until browned. Place the steak in a medium bowl.

Next, add butter to the pan and stir until it melts. Add the remaining salt, garlic, and mushrooms. Cook for about six minutes, or until the mushrooms brown and the liquid evaporates. Then, add the mushrooms to the steak in the medium bowl; toss to combine.

Reduce the pan to medium heat. Sprinkle about two tablespoons of mozzarella cheese evenly over half of each tortilla. Divide the steak and mushroom mixture evenly among the tortillas, sprinkle with the remaining cheese, and fold the tortillas in half over the filling. Cook each quesadilla in the pan for about two minutes, or until golden brown and the cheese melts.

Finally, cut the quesadillas into four wedges. Serve with marinara sauce and you’ll be good to go with this savory meal!

Additional Umami Recipes

More and more home cooks are preparing umami recipes because of the rich, savory flavors. As long as you feel the “kick” from intense flavors, you’ll want to keep making these dishes.

Umami is boosted by five ingredients—miso, Parmesan, kombu, shiitake mushrooms, and tomatoes. You can add these ingredients into jams, cookies, steaks, side dishes, and more.