There are only 2 places to get a decent cheese steak one in my area, and neither one is in my city, making it inconvenient to get. So, one day I had a craving for one and had to try my hand at making it at home! :)
1 loaf Italian or French bread or 2 Hoagie/Sub Sandwich Rolls
1/2 lb slightly frozen rib-eye steak, shaved/sliced very thin
1 onion, thinly sliced
1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
8 oz. mushrooms (optional)
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 lb provolone cheese slices
Fresh Parmesan, for topping (optional)
Extra virgin olive oil (for grilling)
Salt and pepper
|What You'll Need|
|Prep: Slice Bell Peppers into Strips|
|Prep: Slice Onion into Strips|
|Setting Everything Up...|
|For AUTHENTIC Cheese Steak, you should use steak - not roast beef.|
|Working with slightly frozen meat will really help you to slice it thin!|
|Prep: Steak cut into thin strips|
|I tossed my meat with a little soy sauce, Worcestershire, and salt/pepper for extra flavor.|
Ok, let's do this!
Heat a griddle or a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
When hot, cover bottom with olive oil.
Add the onions and bell pepper / mushrooms (if desired) and cook, stirring, until caramelized, which will take about 6 to 8 minutes.
In the meantime, butter your bread and place it a low-degree temp oven for about 5 - 7 minutes, until bread is warmed all the way through, but not crunchy.
|Butter your bread.|
|Cover and place bread in a low temp oven to warm it through.|
After veggies have caramelized (gotten soft, slightly brown) - add the garlic, salt and pepper, and cook for about 30 more seconds. Then, push the mixture off to one side of the griddle.
|Push veggies off to the side of griddle or pan prior to adding meat.|
Add the meat to the hot part of the griddle.
Cook, continuously flipping the meat over and slightly chopping the meat into slightly smaller pieces with 2 spatulas, until the meat is not pink, approximately 2 minutes. (Caution: Don't overcook the steak! Because it's cut very thin, it doesn't take long.)
|Use a couple of spatulas/turners to gently chop the meat as it cooks.|
Mix the meat and the caramelized onions and bell pepper/mushrooms together.
If using Italian or French bread, cut the bread in half, crosswise, and slice lengthwise to open for the 2 sandwiches. Place a couple of slice of provolone cheese on your bread/rolls.
Scoop up a generous portion of the meat & veggies and place on top of the cheese.
To finish off, add Parmesan cheese - or - a condiment such as marinara sauce/ketchup/mayonnaise, if desired, and serve immediately.