I don’t know about you guys, but when it gets this hot outside, I have very little desire to cook. Unfortunately, my family still thinks that they need to eat. Since deli meat sandwiches and PB&Js and cold cereal get really old, really quick, I have to mix things up a little.

I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like Philly Cheesesteaks–maybe vegetarians and the world’s pickiest eaters. And since that title currently belongs to my son and he loves them, then we’re talking picky. Speaking of Philly, I’ve come under rather harsh criticism for calling these “Philly Cheesesteaks” because although these are like every Philly Cheesesteak I’ve ever had, these are apparently not how they make ’em in Philly. So, for the sake of authenticity and my sanity, these will henceforth be known as “Cheesesteak Sandwiches.” Not from Philly.

One of the things I love about this recipe is that it really only requires a handful of some of my favorite ingredients–some butter, an onion, a bell pepper, some sirloin steak (I know ribeyes are kind of the gold standard, but I feel like they’re a little too fatty. Can we still be friends?)

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Okay, your job here will be made infinitely easier if you have a food processor. THIS recipe is what food processors were made for. If you’re in the market for a new one (or your very first one), I’ve had a KitchenAid food processor for almost 11 years and it’s still going strong (and I’ve discovered that their customer service is pretty amazing). They don’t have the exact same one that I have now, but I think this machine is about as close as it gets (with some snazzy features that I kind of wish I had…)

One reason some people may not like steak sandwiches is that the steak is cut too thickly. If you have a food processor, you can fit it with the slicing blade, partially/mostly freeze your steak, and get paper-thin slices of steak for your sandwiches.

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Also, you can slice your onion and green peppers, making this recipe a breeze! As always, you should consult the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure it’s okay to use the food processor to slice meat, but, generally speaking, the rule of thumb is that if you can pierce the meat with the tip of a sharp knife, it’s okay to put it in your food processor.

All righty then, onto the recipe. Slice bell peppers and onions (preferably in the food processor).

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Set aside. Slice frozen meat (again, food processor).

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Set aside. Heat 2 Tbsp. butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add steak and stir-fry. Season heavily with salt and lots of freshly-ground pepper. When meat is about half-cooked, add peppers and onions. Stir occasionally, cooking until most of the liquid is evaporated and meat is cooked through. Season with hot sauce to taste. For me, I don’t want them super spicy, but I like a little bit of that extra flavor.

Slice buns and butter the top half.

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spoon steak mixture inside.

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Top with cheese…

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and place under broiler for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is slightly toasty. Enjoy!

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Cheesesteak Sandwiches

  • Author: Our Best Bites
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 4-6

Description

Just a handful of simple ingredients and a few minutes leads to one of the most delicious meals ever! Always a huge hit with everyone!


Ingredients

1 pound sirloin steak

2 Tbsp. butter

1 green bell pepper

1 medium yellow onion

Smoked provolone slices

Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper

Hot sauce (like Tabasco or Cholula; optional, I suppose, but super yummy!)

46 Hoagie rolls


Instructions

Slice bell peppers and onions (preferably in the food processor). Set aside. Slice frozen meat (again, food processor). Set aside. Heat 2 tablespoons butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet (cast iron, if you have one). Spread the steak evenly over the bottom of the skillet and season generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, stirring occasionally. When meat is about halfway cooked, add peppers and onions. Stir occasionally, cooking until most of the liquid is evaporated and meat is cooked through. Season with hot sauce to taste.

Slice buns and spread butter on the top half. Spoon the steak mixture onto the bottom half. Top with cheese and place under broiler for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is slightly toasty. Enjoy!


Notes

Freezer Instructions: Slice the meat, onions, and peppers according to the directions. Place the meat on one lined baking sheet in a single layer and the onions and peppers on another lined baking sheet in a single layer. Place in the freezer. When frozen, remove from the freezer and transfer the meat to one freezer bag and the onions and peppers to another freezer bag.

When ready to cook, cook according to the directions in the recipe, just for a little longer to allow the excess water to evaporate and the frozen meat to cook thoroughly. Follow the directions above for serving.

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45 comments

  1. These turned out amazing! I thought maybe I’d used too much pepper, but it turned out to be just the right amount. You weren’t kidding when you said LOTS of pepper! Thanks for sharing.

  2. This recipe was so tasty and delicious. We eat cheesesteaks at a local restaurant quite frequently. My husband made the comment, "I didn't know they delivered." I love to please him so thanks for this recipe!

  3. Yum! Making these tonight…would never have thought to cut the steak in the food processor, but wow…paper thin indeed! I used my food processor attachment for my Cuisinart 800W mixer (I got it and a blender attachment for free w/ purchase of the mixer!!) I am so excited to eat them!

  4. I am going to try this recipe on sunday for our Monthly family dinner/Family Home evening. If its this easy to make it should be easy enought to feed a group of 14 people. I would just need to increase the amounts of the ingredients. Thanks you for your wonderful recipes. I have enjoyed all of the ones that I have tried so far.

  5. ACK! What is going on here? Anyway, I love this Food Blog. LOVE IT. Thanks for the hard work and delicious recipes. I don't care about authentic. I care about taste and these taste DELISH!

  6. Awesomely good and oh so easy to make! I had never used my food processor to slice meat before. This will be a recurring meal for our family:) thx!

  7. Richelle, I went and read some of the reviews. And I still love mine… 🙂 Yeah, I wish the thing in the middle was a little taller and occasionally, stuff does get stuck between the blade and the top, but it's no biggie. Maybe it's because my old food processor was SO craptacular, but those just seem like tiny…not even annoyances, you know? *MY* only complaint is that my first workbowl cracked after about a year (which was remedied by KitchenAid sending me an ENTIRE new food processor). So I'm really happy with it…

  8. Kate, Philly Cheesesteaks are a staple in my home. 🙂 My question is if you have read any of the reviews on Amazon about the food processor that you have. I am curious to know if you have any of these same problems. I am in the market and totally trust your word on what works. And Sara of course! Thanks and keep up the great work ladies.

  9. Amazing!!! We loved these and are planning on having them again next week. I had to hand cut my meat, and it wasn't too bad. They were really easy. I love them!

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