Cheese Steak Sandwich
I saw this cheese steak sandwich recipe on the Food Network and it was one of those recipes that immediately caught my eye. I had never tried to make anything like this because, in truth, we simply don’t eat a lot of sandwiches in our house. But this…oh my cheesy goodness! The steak was tender and lean, a result of the super thin slices of semi-frozen sirloin steak before searing in a hot cast-iron.
This was the first time I made a recipe from Melissa D’Arabian’s show and it made me a forever fan. I’ve ultimately followed her website and discovered that her recipes are almost always no fail. Her “brand” is cooking inexpensive meals and this one is no exception since sirloin steak is one of the cheapest cuts of beef. With the other ingredients that you throw in, you can still call it dinner for less than $20.00 and an amazing one at that!
You can always cut down on fat grams and calories by using fat-free cream cheese and low fat american cheese. I haven’t tried them that way because I’m weak when I find something that I love this much and I just don’t want to change anything, ha!
I tweaked it just a bit by omitting the mushrooms and cutting back on the quantity of onion.
- 1 lb. sirloin steak, slightly frozen and sliced super thin
- 1 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. oregano
- 2/4 tsp. garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. pepper
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1/2 onion thinly sliced
- 1 green onion thinly sliced
- 1 green pepper thinly sliced
- 1 red pepper thinly sliced
- 4 oz. cream cheese
- 3 slices american cheese
- 2 tsps. worcestershire sauce
- 1 cup mozarella cheese
- In a large bowl add the spices and blend. Add the thinly sliced steak and gently toss. Set aside and let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or so to soak in the flavors of the spices and to completely thaw. Slicing the beef while slightly frozen makes it much easier to get a thin cut.
- Heat a cast iron skillet, add vegetable oil and cook onions and green pepper over medium low heat until carmelized. Remove to a plate.
- Turn the heat up to medium high, sear the beef just until done. Turn the heat down and add the cream cheese and american cheese. Toss until melted, add the vegetables back to the skillet and blend.
- Place the pretzel buns (or hoagie buns) on a baking sheet, top with steak mixture and mozzarella cheese. Broil until cheese is bubbly. Watch carefully, this will only take a minute or so. Remove from oven and top with the other half of your pretzel bun.