Philly Cheese Steak

Total Time:
55 min
15 min
40 min

4 sandwiches


Slice the beef on an electric meat slicer, or use the following method: with plastic wrap, tightly roll the steak into a torpedo or log shape. Put the beef in the freezer for 30 to 45 minutes to firm it until tight but not frozen. Remove the plastic wrap and, working quickly; use an electric knife to slice the beef into paper-thin slices, almost shaving the beef. If this does not produce very thin results, cut the beef into the thinnest slices possible and flatten, using a meat pounder. Once all the beef has been cut, refrigerate until the remaining ingredients are ready.

Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a heavy-bottomed saute pan set over low heat. Put in the onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook until nicely softened and lightly caramelized but not browned, about 20 minutes. Transfer the onions to a bowl and set aside. Add the pepper halves to the pan, season with salt and pepper, and fry until soft and tender, about 12 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the onions. Keep the onions and peppers covered and warm.

In a clean, heavy-bottomed saute pan, heat the remaining oil over medium heat. Add the beef in batches and lightly brown, seasoning with salt and pepper as you cook, adding more oil if necessary.

Pull out a little of the doughy insides of each loaf, then drizzle lightly with the oil, a splash of vinegar, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Put 1/4 of the beef inside each roll, top with onions and peppers, and finish with several slices of cheese. Cover with the top half of the bread. Wrap snugly in sandwich wrapping paper, slice diagonally in half, and serve.

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    Unbelievably bland! Marinate the meat first!
    this wasn't to bad the balsalmic wasn't to bad on it and had to add cheese wiz to give it a little extra kick.
    I used thin sliced boneless round to make it a little healthier.It was great and it' fun to try different cheeses.
    This is a great way to make steak sandwiches. I take rib-eyes, flatten, roll, freeze, then slice. I usually add mushrooms. Sometimes I put them under the broiler for the finishing touch. They are very addicting!
    I like phillies and this was a good and different recipe. The balsamic was great on the bread. I like the peppers in smaller slices.
    It was really good, and we will definately make it again. Would be good to impress someone for lunch sometime. :) The only teeny complaint I had was that it was a little too bland. Maybe using a different cheese-- like cheez whiz? I'm not sure, but it was very good!
    I'm glad to have a recipe to fall back on when I crave a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. The Balsamic adds the perfect finish; this is overall the best recipe I've found for this so far.
    i'm excited to try it first
    This is more than a sandwhich it is heaven.
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