Steak Sandwich

Total Time:
40 min
10 min
10 min
20 min

2 sandwiches

  • 1 (12-ounce) 1-inch thick New York strip boneless beef top loin steak
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced in rings
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 recipe Mustard Mayo, recipe follows
  • 2 mini focaccia buns, sliced in 1/2
  • 1/2 cup baby arugula
  • 3/4 cup good mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

Season the steak liberally with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a medium saute pan over high heat until it's almost smoking, then sear the steak on each side for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to low and cook the steak for about 7 to 10 minutes, turning once, until very rare in the middle. Remove to a plate, cover tightly with aluminum foil, and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Slice the steak into strips.

Using the same saute pan, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and thyme and saute for 10 minutes, until the onions are brown and caramelized, stirring occasionally.

To assemble the sandwiches, spread a tablespoon of Mustard Mayo on the bottom half of each bun. Place a layer the steak strips on top of the mayo, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and top with the caramelized onion rings. Place the baby arugula on top of the onion rings, and cover the sandwiches with the top half of the buns.

Mustard Mayo:

Whisk the ingredients together in a small bowl. Serve at room temperature.

Yield: 1 cup

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    Thyme? Mustard-mayo? What the heck is that? focaccia? Arugula? Please! 
    Here is how you make a cheesesteak... 
    1. Thinly sliced steak. 
    2. Provolone or cheese wiz (I prefer provolone) 
    3. Fried onions. 
    4. This is the make or break...a roll from the Amoroso bakery. ONLY Amoroso rolls will do. If it's not an Amoroso roll, it's not a cheesesteak. 
    Fry the steak with a little oil on a very hot grill. You can chop it up with the spatula if you like. Fry the onions separately. Put the open roll face down on the grill. 
    When the steak is close to being done, lay the provolone on top of the steak. 
    As the provolone is melting, add the onions on top. DO NOT STIR!  
    Then put the roll on top of everything!  
    Slide a spatula under the meat and turn the entire sandwich over and serve. 
    NO OTHER ketchup, no lettuce, no tomato, NO ARUGULA!  
    That is how you make a Philly cheesesteak.
    Read much? It's a recipe for a "STEAK SANDWICH" not a Philly Cheese Steak. This might blow your mind but believe or not there are multiple different sandwiches a person can make with steak.
    After watching Ina's episode I ran right to the grocery store that evening to purchase what was needed to make this delicious steak sandwich. So glad I did...when my son came home after working late it was a welcome surprise for him and for me to hear the amount of Mmmmm's coming from the kitchen was fantastic. Thanks, Ina!!
    This was delicious and offered a refreshing change to the "steak sandwich". Sophisticated and satisfying. My husband and I give it two thumbs up...primarily because I followed the recipe and it was still delicious..=>
    My girlfriend and i got together to try out a couple of recipes for dinner. The steak sandwich seemed so basic but I knew it would be filling and it looked simple and delicious. It was a HIT! we both thoroughly enjoyed the sandwich and the mustard/mayo spread with the arugula is a must. Will be making again for a luncheon 
    This was delicious! Our thirteen year old son wanted to cook dinner and he is a big fan of Ina Garten. He chose this recipe for our dinner and it was great! Loved the mustard mayo and the carmelized onions. We will have this again!
    AMAZING! Mayo is absolutely delicious!
    This steak sandwich was excellent. It was simple to make with restuarant quality. The mustard mayo and carmelized onion was the best compliment.
    This is a very easy to make sandwich, the trick is do not over cook the steak.
    I tweaked this recipe some but the core ingredients are great. I did this sandwich panini style using sour dough bread, steak, provolone, caramelized onions, and the mustard mayo mix. I brushed the exterior sides of the bread with a good bit of olive oil and layered mustard mayo, provolone, steak, onions, provolone, and let it cook at 325 for about 8 minutes on a press. I put an arugula salad on the side and it was a perfect meal. My only suggestion to those making this is to make the mustard mayo a day ahead of time so the flavors meld together, otherwise it tastes like straight up mustard. The excess we had left over goes great on burgers. Definitely a keeper!
    So simple, yet so good! Mmmm!
    My husband loved this sandwich. The whole recipe works together perfectly. As others suggested, I did add about a tsp. of horseradish to the sauce. I also added orange bell peppers to the grilled onion mix. Usually on nights when we need dinner in a hurry, I might make french dipped sandwiches but, this sandwich was a wonderful change (and not any more work. We will definitely be having this again.
    Knocked my husband's socks off!
    Absolutely one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. The steak was so tender and the mustard mayo was a perfect compliment. Definately makes a great lunch!
    My husband and two teens loved this! We are wimps, so I cooked a little longer so meat a little less rare.
    This sandwich was great. I was hesitant to try the Mustard Mayo but that stuff is delicious and I can see myself using it on so many other sandwiches.
    The Steak Sandwich was delicous. I ate all of it !!!
    This has become our go-to steak. Not steak sandwich...but steak. It is wonderful and my whole family loves it! On occasion, we add gorgonzola cheese to the mayo mixture... really yummy!
    This sandwich is wonderful! Packed it for a family outing at the beach. I also browned the buns in the pan I used to cook the steak, as one of the other posters recommended. One additional change I did was to add horseradish to the mustard mayo mixture which kicked up the spice just a tad. Everyone loved it!
    The whole family loved this sandwich !! great recipe
    In the episode Ina says this was Jeffery's favorite steak sandwich in college. I can definitely see where Jeffrey is coming from. This sandwich was amazing!! It was the perfect blend of sweet caramelized onions, juicy tender steak, and that mmm mmm good mayo spread!! I made it last night and was so amazed at how simple it was but yet so delicious! I will be keeping this in my go to recipe file.
    Awesome! One of the best sandwiches I've ever had. I browned the buns in the pan I used to cook the steak, great addition as they get soft and crunchy. Great combo of flavors. Bravo!
    Super delish - the sauce was perfect! i love you ina!
    Made this early tonight for my family and they wolfed it down. Another family favorite and way to go delicious!
    We've probably made this a dozen times and have yet to get sick of it. It's so fast and easy! Thanks Ina!
    Simple and delicious!!! those are my key words for a sucess recipe.
    Sin palabras esquisito! Yumy Yumy!
    I made the steak sandwiches and they were okay, nothing to rave about (I love my own recipe). A couple days later I brined some pork tenderloin, sliced it and pounded it into cutlets, then grilled it. Made the sandwiches, minus onions, and they were SO good!
    I made this for me and my husband last week and we both loved it! We aren't big fans of arugula, so we swapped it out with baby spinach and it was perfect! The mustard/mayo is a nice touch. Definitely making this again!
    Delicious and simple. The Mayo mustard sauce is a must and I love arugala! My family really enjoyed it! Thanks Ina!
    We made this for dinner last night and it was perfect. We grilled our steak instead of cooking in a skillet and it turned out wonderful. We also used leaf lettuce as my husband does not care for argula. The mustard sauce was perfect. It is definitely a recipe we will be making over and over again. Thank you Ina!!!
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