I don’t know about you guys, but when it gets this hot outside, I have very little desire to cook. Unfortunately, my family still thinks that they need to eat. Since deli meat sandwiches and PB&Js and cold cereal get really old, really quick, I have to mix things up a little.

I’ve never met someone who doesn’t like Philly Cheesesteaks–maybe vegetarians and the world’s pickiest eaters. And since that title currently belongs to my son and he loves them, then we’re talking picky. Speaking of Philly, I’ve come under rather harsh criticism for calling these “Philly Cheesesteaks” because although these are like every Philly Cheesesteak I’ve ever had, these are apparently not how they make ‘em in Philly. So, for the sake of authenticity and my sanity, these will henceforth be known as “Cheesesteak Sandwiches.” Not from Philly.

Cheesesteaks

1 lb. steak (you really can use any cut; since you’re going to slice it up and season it heavily, there’s really no need to splurge on a fillet mignon.)
2 Tbsp. butter
1 green bell pepper
1 medium yellow onion
Provolone
Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper
Hot sauce (like Tabasco or Cholula; optional, I suppose, but super yummy!)
4-6 Hoagie rolls

Okay, your job here will be made infinitely easier if you have a food processor. THIS recipe is what food processors were made for. One reason some people may not like steak sandwiches is that the steak is cut too thickly. If you have a food processor, you can fit it with the slicing blade, partially/mostly freeze your steak, and get paper-thin slices of steak for your sandwiches. Also, you can slice your onion and green peppers, making this recipe a breeze! As always, you should consult the manufacturer’s instructions to make sure it’s okay to use the food processor to slice meat, but, generally speaking, the rule of thumb is that if you can pierce the meat with the tip of a sharp knife, it’s okay to put it in your food processor.

All righty then, onto the recipe. Slice bell peppers and onions (preferably in the food processor). Set aside. Slice frozen meat (again, food processor). Set aside. Heat 2 Tbsp. butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet. Add steak and stir-fry. Season heavily with salt and lots of freshly-ground pepper. When meat is about half-cooked, add peppers and onions. Stir occasionally, cooking until most of the liquid is evaporated and meat is cooked through. Season with hot sauce to taste. For me, I don’t want them super spicy. But I like a little bite. As far as hot sauce goes, Tabasco is not my favorite. Shhhh. Don’t tell my dad or the hot sauce police in my state of residence; I may be shunned forever. I prefer Cholula–it’s not quite as hot, so I can actually taste the flavor of the sauce, not just the heat. I also love that it has a nice smokey flavor to it. And the fact that if I get a little crazy with the hot sauce and add more than 3 drops, I haven’t ruined everything. But I’m also a wuss, so take that into your hot sauce considerations.

Anyway, enough hot sauce yammering. Slice buns and spoon steak mixture inside. Top with cheese and place under broiler for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is slightly toasty. Enjoy!

Freezer Instructions: Slice the meat, onions, and peppers according to the directions. Place the meat on one lined baking sheet in a single layer and the onions and peppers on another lined baking sheet in a single layer. Place in the freezer. When frozen, remove from the freezer and transfer the meat to one freezer bag and the onions and peppers to another freezer bag.
When ready to cook, cook according to the directions in the recipe, just for a little longer to allow the excess water to evaporate and the frozen meat to cook thoroughly. Serve on crusty rolls with melted Provolone or Swiss cheese.
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  1. 1
    jenimur says:

    Back to the grocery store! This looks fantastic, can’t wait to make it!

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    Kaylene says:

    This is one of my families favs as well. We like to add mushrooms (we’re not much of bell pepper fans, but load on the mushrooms) One tip for those of you without a food processor, I buy a cheap roast at the butcher counter and have them slice it as thin as they can. Most grocery stores (I know Macey’s for one) will be happy to slice it for you. Also Albertsons, Safeway, depending upon where you live.
    Thanks for all the yummy recipes and ideas!

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    jennschmerer says:

    That’s a great idea to have the butcher cut the roast for you. And roast is on sale at Macey’s this week…I just might have to find an excuse to make it there. Hmmm…I’ve been thinking lately I’d like to get a food processor. Hearing the practical applications for one- like this recipe- make me want to get one for sure. What suggestions does everyone have for what the best one out there is? I also have a kitchen aid already. Is there maybe an attachment for that that I could just buy? It seems like there’s an attachment for just about everything for those kitchen aids! Thanks for the great blog- I just discovered you through a friend and along with great recipes, I love that you give some great food education as well- THANKS!

  4. 4
    Kate says:

    Jenschmerer–Unfortunately, there's not an attachment for your Kitchenaid mixer, mostly due to the design of the food processor; it's definitely it's own unit. The GOOD thing is that there are some very affordable food processors out there. I would definitely stick to the higher-end processors; we got a Black and Decker for our wedding and I literally never used it because it was so poorly designed and just didn't work as well as some of the others.

    This is the one I have: http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-KFP740CR-9-Cup-Processor-Chrome/dp/B0007SXIMM/ref=pd_bbs_sr_2?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1217615006&sr=8-2. It's awesome. I love that it has a smaller workbowl inside, so if you're working on something smaller, you can do it in there. And I love Kitchenaid; the customer service and quality are fantastic.

    I believe this is what Sara has:
    http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-DLC-1BCH-Mini-Prep-Processor-Chrome/dp/B000H4C5F2/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1217615120&sr=1-6. She loves hers, too, although it's much smaller than mine.

    Another good option is:
    http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CBT-500FP-SmartPower-Processor-Stainless/dp/B0006ONQOM/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1217615205&sr=1-3. I always saw them at Costco when we had one close by (sob). I love that it's a blender AND a food processor!

    As a side note, I couldn't live without mine! Okay, I could, but life is so much easier with one! I really love the grating blade–cheese, veggies, etc. are SO EASY!

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    Erin says:

    When I saw this recipe, I not only salivated, but I cried a little inside because I don’t have a food processor. But hearing the tips on having grocery stores cut it for you, in addition to the fact that my birthday is in November and I now know what to ask for, lifts my spirits a little bit! Thanks for the delicious looking sandwich. P.S. Did you ever eat at The Italian Place when you lived in Orem/Provo? I LOVED (and greatly miss) their sandwiches.

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    Kate says:

    Erin, that’s so funny that you bring up The Italian Place because that’s where I fell in love with steak sandwiches! I’ve never been to the one in Utah county, but I used to go to the one in Logan every day during the summer with my dad. I don’t even know if it’s still there, but oh, man, I loved that place!!

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    Lisa says:

    drooooool….must have now! Looks so yummy!

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    rubyjade says:

    YES!!! Another great dinner I cant wait to try!

    Now for a dumb question. What kind of steak should I be using? Skirt steak?

  9. 9
    Kate says:

    You can pretty much use any boneless steak (and really not a dumb question, BTW!) Top sirloin works great, I used flat iron the other day, if you can find a fillet on sale and don’t want to eat it whole, you can do that, although I would CRY if you cut up a full-priced fillet or New York steak to use in sandwiches! :)

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    rubyjade says:

    Yeah, I could never do that to a filet. Yikes! I’ll have to look for top serloin on sale

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    jenimur says:

    These were awesome! I stepped up the spice by using the cheddar jalapeno rolls from Walmart. This is a new favorite!

  12. 12
    Kami says:

    Amazing!!! We loved these and are planning on having them again next week. I had to hand cut my meat, and it wasn't too bad. They were really easy. I love them!

  13. 13
    Richelle says:

    Kate, Philly Cheesesteaks are a staple in my home. :) My question is if you have read any of the reviews on Amazon about the food processor that you have. I am curious to know if you have any of these same problems. I am in the market and totally trust your word on what works. And Sara of course! Thanks and keep up the great work ladies.

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    Kate @ Our Best Bites says:

    Richelle, I went and read some of the reviews. And I still love mine… :) Yeah, I wish the thing in the middle was a little taller and occasionally, stuff does get stuck between the blade and the top, but it's no biggie. Maybe it's because my old food processor was SO craptacular, but those just seem like tiny…not even annoyances, you know? *MY* only complaint is that my first workbowl cracked after about a year (which was remedied by KitchenAid sending me an ENTIRE new food processor). So I'm really happy with it…

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    honeybee says:

    Awesomely good and oh so easy to make! I had never used my food processor to slice meat before. This will be a recurring meal for our family:) thx!

  16. 16
    Brook Rasmussen says:

    ACK! What is going on here? Anyway, I love this Food Blog. LOVE IT. Thanks for the hard work and delicious recipes. I don't care about authentic. I care about taste and these taste DELISH!

  17. 17
    Yadira says:

    I am going to try this recipe on sunday for our Monthly family dinner/Family Home evening. If its this easy to make it should be easy enought to feed a group of 14 people. I would just need to increase the amounts of the ingredients. Thanks you for your wonderful recipes. I have enjoyed all of the ones that I have tried so far.

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    *~Amie~* says:

    Yum! Making these tonight…would never have thought to cut the steak in the food processor, but wow…paper thin indeed! I used my food processor attachment for my Cuisinart 800W mixer (I got it and a blender attachment for free w/ purchase of the mixer!!) I am so excited to eat them!

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    lvilla says:

    This recipe was so tasty and delicious. We eat cheesesteaks at a local restaurant quite frequently. My husband made the comment, "I didn't know they delivered." I love to please him so thanks for this recipe!

  20. 20
    Siri says:

    These turned out amazing! I thought maybe I’d used too much pepper, but it turned out to be just the right amount. You weren’t kidding when you said LOTS of pepper! Thanks for sharing.

  21. 21
    Andrea says:

    This turned out great! My husband’s absolute favorite and I didn’t ruin it. I used Lawry’s seasoning too and it was perfect. Thanks so much!

  22. 22
    Bridgette says:

    My family loved it!! Lots of pepper makes it taste just like the ones you get from restaurants. Deelish!!!!!!!

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    Jennifer C says:

    Being from Philly, I am soooooo happy that you don’t call these Philly Cheesesteaks. We don’t tend toward hot sauce on our them out here- unless they are buffalo chicken steaks. (Which are fabulous- thin-slice the chicken and fry it up in oil until just cooked, top with buffalo sauce and cheese; often American out here.) If you ask a butcher for chip steak, he may slice it thin enough for the sandwiches we make out here that would work for this recipe, too. BTW- These still look good. But if you want them real Philly style (and not what the Food channel calls Philly steaks, but the real corner steak shop sandwich), just fry the chipped steak in oil while chopping it until it is just cooked (overcooking RUINS it- you want it a little juicy, but browned through,) top with your choice of fried onions/mushrooms/ peppers/ cheese. And just FYI, real corner shops in Philadelphia and the surrounding area rarely use cheese wiz. Really. Just the two place you see on TV- Pat’s and Geno’s.

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    Robin Dahl says:

    I have been making cheesesteak sandwiches similar to this for sometime and my son loves them. Just thought I’d throw out a couple of “cheats” that I’ve discovered along the way. If you’re really in a rush, you can buy deli roast beef and ask them to shave it. It’s probably more expensive, but saves the time of slicing the meat yourself. Also, instead of using butter or oil to stir fry this, I always use non-fat italian dressing. It works great, adds some seasoning to the meat and veggies, and is a bit healthier.

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    Laura says:

    I make these with elk loin actually, adding beef bouillon for more flavor and red pepper flakes for heat. I also love mushrooms and I put the Philly back in by spreading cream cheese on my sourdough bun before toasting it under the broiler. Yum! Also just scored a food processor from my mom so thanks for the idea!

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    Julie says:

    Would this freeze well if I coooked a big batch of meat and veggies and then portioned and froze them? I was thinking of doing this and then when reheating, putting on the cheese?

  27. 27
    Meg says:

    These were such a huge hit at my house!! They were absolutely delicious! I shouldn’t have been surprised- we always love every recipe from your book and site. We substituted mushrooms for the peppers, because that’s what we had, and I used my Bosch food processor to slice the meat, and I think that might have been the key- the meat was awesome! I don’t love stove-top cooked steak, and this was just so so so delicious! Thanks for such fabulous recipes, always:)

  28. 28

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    Katie Drollinger says:

    I just went to Macey’s and had the meat guys slice up a roast for me. sounds like a lot easier to do than putting the steak through the food processor. We are making these tomorrow night. I was wondering how much Cholula sauce you put in? I noticed you said 3 drops? Is that about right?More? Less?
    This sounds great, can’t wait to try it!!

  30. 30
    Katie Drollinger says:

    Help! Just made this tonight. Am I suppose to drain the fat that comes off the meat as I cook it or leave it in there for some “sauce”? My family felt like the meat didn’t have much taste to it, and I did put lots of pepper on it and the hot sauce. And the meat wasn’t very tender. What did I do wrong? It still tasted good,some had more than one serving,but some of us added more hot sauce once on the bun or steak sauce for some flavor.
    Thanks for your help.

    • 30.1

      Hmmmmm…it could have been a number of things.

      1) What cut of meat did you use? If it was a tough cut of meat, that would explain the toughness.

      2) Was it sliced thinly enough? It should only be a few millimeters thin.

      3) Was your pan hot enough? If the pan isn’t hot enough, the juices will hang out in the pan. Also, in the future, you can always cook it until the liquid evaporates.

      Hope those suggestions help! :)

  31. 31
    Katie Drollinger says:

    I went to Macey’s, to the meat dept. told them what I was making, etc… and he suggested buying a dinner roast. THey sliced it up for me. Some of the slices were pretty thin, other not so much. I might have had too small of a pan maybe also, I doubled the recipe for our family. Everyone still ate it, I have no leftovers…
    Thanks for your suggestions.

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    Kelsey Scheitlin says:

    Another great dinner! Pretty sure if it was legal my husband would marry you right now.

    Thanks again!

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    Erica Williams says:

    I’ve made this a number of times now and every time it’s a hit! I’ve been using petite sirloin steaks and they work perfectly! Thank you for an amazing recipe!!

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