Philly Steak Sandwiches

Total Time:
22 min
10 min
12 min

4 servings

  • Onions:
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 2 large yellow skinned onions, sliced very thin
  • Coarse salt and pepper or steak seasoning blend
  • Meat:
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 drizzles
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean beef tenderloin or sirloin, ask butcher to slice the meat very thin
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 slices provolone cheese, from the deli counter
  • 4 soft Italian sandwich hogie rolls, split 6 to 8 inches long each, split lengthwise

Heat a medium saucepan over medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan. Add onions and season with salt and pepper or steak seasoning blend. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until onions are soft and caramel in color.

Heat a heavy griddle pan over medium high to high heat. Wipe griddle with a drizzle of oil using a paper towel. Sear and cook thin sliced steaks until brown but not crisp, about 2 minutes on each side. Cook steaks in single layers in 2 batches and tenderize by cutting into meat with the side of your spatula while they cook. When the steaks are browned, just before you remove them from heat, sprinkle them with garlic salt and pepper. When all of the steaks are cooked, line each of your split rolls with 2 slices of provolone cheese. Pile 1/4 of your meat and onions on to the griddle and mix together with your spatula. Pile the meat and onions into rolls on top of the cheese. The heat from the meat and onions will melt the cheese. Repeat for remaining servings and serve.

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    Recipe directions...slice the meat thinly...if we have a butcher. 
    I have a butcher BUT the extra labor to slice the meat...cost too much. Did myself. Putting that issue aside...this recipe makes a delicious sandwich. Thanks Rachael. 
    Annie, Fremont, CA
    Super simple and absoutely delicious!
    Great recipe. Tasty and simple it's just OMG delicious. Everyone in my household enjoyed this one. Definitely doing this one again.... Great job Rachael Ray love this recipe...
    This was wonderful! My family loved it. Also, added a cheese sauce to top it off with green bell pepper! DELISH!
    I think that this recipe was a good basis, but could use some definite modifications. I put the rolls in the oven to make them more crispy, and also after I put all the ingredients on the sandwiches, I put the cheese on top and put the sandwiches in the oven. I think that the steak could have used more flavor (I put steak seasoning on it). Also! do not cook the steak for two minutes per side, WAY TOO LONG! Only 30 seconds per side is more than long enough. Check out my blog for more information on alterations I made to this recipe:
    Reminds me of these two Great Steak Sandwich needs some aged prime rib!
    This is a good recipe for a short cut. Our deli Provolone never really melted ooey gooey into the meat and sandwich. It would be better to make small piles of meat on the griddle, place slices of Provolone on the meat and let the heat melt it a bit before scooping up and putting it on the rolls. But, if you want to emulate the Cheez Whiz consistency, try Bobby Flay's Provolone cheese sauce--its YUMMY and makes it easier for the home cook to assemble the sandwich.
    I'm a college student at Texas Tech University and I just finished making these for some red raiders right before the hugh TTU vs OU game. They were a hit!
     I did add green bell pepper to the onion mix and it turned out really well.
     Hopefully the game will go just as well as this meal.
     Wreck'em tech!
    I thought this was on the side.i
    These sandwiches were soooooo good. I loved the way the onions got sweet after they had been cooked. We bought crusty hoagie rolls and they were great with the consistency of the meat, onions, and cheese. I will make this over and over.
    It's Saturday, the suns out; let's do Philly's. This recipe was excellent and easy. I carmalized my onions a little longer and added some sweet peppers. One word, "AWESOME".
    My husband, who is a chef, said that this was one of the top 3 things he's ever eaten! So easy, so yummy -- my favorite combination!
    I am not an avid cooker. My family traditionally eats out 3-4 times per week. I tried this recipe two weeks ago and the kids are asking for it again!
    This is the first time I have ever made this time of sandwhich and it turned out unbelievably delicious! Truly a great sandwich and so easy to make. My husband loved it! Grab a beer and you are good to go.
    I've been looking for an easy great Philly Steak recipe and now I have one. This is so great!! I've made it numerous times now - wow - thanks Rachel. We Love It!!!!
    I pretty much scored so major points with this meal.
    Again this was a hit. Everyone loved it. This with the sausage stuffed mushrooms made for a good time.
    This recipe was great and easy!! I added bell peppers and mushrooms to mine and it tasted even better!!
    This is a great and easy meal
    I made this the other night, and was shocked that it really only took 30 min! Thanks for the great dinner ideas!
    This sandwich did the trick for the 2005 Superbowl. I also had to improvise a little.
    I've been to Jim's and Pat's over in Philadelphia and Rachel's easy recipe it the next best thing to a plane ticket and a cab ride. Could've fooled me!
     Here are few of my own modifications and adjustments:
     1. Got thin-sliced meats from a Chinese supermarket. Look for sliced meats for "hot pot", or in a Japanese supermarket, look for "shab-shabu" meats. I got regular cuts this time, but they also have Angus prime cuts, depending on which market you go to. On a cast-iron pan, it takes shorter than 2-minutes per side with these wafer-thin slices.
     2. Sure, I got provolone, but Cheez-Whiz is a must, the "real deal", if you will. Add this sinful cheese goo to give it more authenticity, if you like.
     3. I'm thinking about other toppings we tried in Philly: bell peppers, mushrooms, American cheese, banana peppers... pile them high!
     4. I had some cilantro left over and put a few sprigs on my cheesesteak (then topped with Cheez-Whiz, of course!)
     Great quick recipe from Rachel!
    These make a really simple and yummy meal! I can find already thinly sliced beef (for carpaccio) in the grocery store, which makes it very easy to prepare. My husband and I love these after a long day! Although, when I have time, I like the carmelize the onions for about 30 min., which makes these out of this world.
    Simple, quick, tasty. Even the kids like it. This has become a staple.
    This was the most delisous sandwich I have ever tasted in my Life thank you 30 minute meals.
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