Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Ok, confession time.

My husband and I have a serious addiction to “Friends”. Like, seriously, we watch it every day. EVERY DAY! We own all 10 seasons and have them on constant rotation, especially while we eat dinner as there is usually nothing better on television. We quote our favorite lines from the show constantly. We watch the re-runs on Nick at Nite and on TBS. We’re nerds, but whatevs. And given that the show was on for 10 years, I can relate almost every real-life situation to an episode of Friends. Yeah, it’s scary.

I can even relate my love for delicious and toasty sandwiches to Friends. Case in point:

This is kind of how I feel about this Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. Don’t touch my sandwich! Especially this one. It is delicious and at just under 400 calories, it is way lower in fat compared to traditional Philly Cheesesteaks. You can cut out some calories and carbs by hollowing out the top and bottom halves of the bread. And trust me, you won’t even notice the difference because the filling is so yummy!

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Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 12-ounce flank steak
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 portobello mushroom caps (optional)
  • 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced green pepper
  • 2 tsp. garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tsp. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1 ounce provolone cheese, torn into small pieces
  • 2 tbs. grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • 4 hoagie rolls, lightly toasted

Directions:

  1. Cut beef across the grain into thin slices (you can place it in the fridge for 10-15 minutes before slicing to make it easier to cut). Sprinkle with salt and pepper. If using mushrooms, remove the brown gills from the underside of the mushroom caps and discard. Remove the stems and thinly slice the caps; cut slices in half crosswise.
  2. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium high heat. Add 1 tsp. of the olive oil to the pan. Add the beef and saute for 2 minutes or until the beef loses its pink color, stirring constantly. Remove the beef from the pan. Add the remaining olive oil. Add the onion and saute for about 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms, bell pepper and garlic. Saute for another 5-6 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Remove from the heat, add the beef back to the pan, and stir in the Worcestershire and soy sauce. Keep warm.
  3. Place the flour in s small sauce pan and add in the milk, whisk until blended. Bring to a simmer over medium heat until slightly thickened. Remove from the heat. Add the cheeses and the mustard. Stir until smooth. Keep warm and the mixture will thicken as it cools.
  4. Hollow out the top and bottom halves of the rolls. Divide the beef mixture evenly amongst the bottom half of each roll. Drizzle the cheese sauce over the beef. Place the top half of the bread back on top and serve.

Don’t want to go through the trouble of making the cheese sauce? No problem! Just places a slice of provolone cheese on top of each sandwich and stick under the broiler until melted.

Recipe from Cooking Light

   

56 comments

  1. Steak, peppers and cheese-those do make for an amazing sandwich. Cool idea cutting out the bread to lower the carbs, especially since the bread can be too thick for my tastes. Your sandwich here looks like it is straight from the deli. All those crispy veggies showing does make my mouth water-yum!

  2. Is it wrong to want this for breakfast???? It sound (and looks) just amazing! Have a great weekend!

  3. We have rewatched the entire series since we’ve been here. It came on at 6 every night and I was seriously cranky if I missed it. I love this sandwich! I would totally love one(or two!)of these with an episode of friends!

  4. I love a real Philly sammich, though I’ve only had one that would be considered “real” a couple times in my life. But if you can compare it to Ross – then I know it must be amazeballs. :)

    • Thanks, Megan! I think I’ve only had a real one once or twice too. But, I’ve read they often use like Cheez Whiz and that kind of grosses me out! lol

  5. Oh my goodness, YES! I need to make these for my husband (and myself, of course). I think he’d do just about anything I asked with a plate of these sandwiches in front of him.

  6. LOVE Cheesesteak sandwiches! I am going to try this one soon!

  7. I’m not going to laugh because when I was in college the world totally stopped when 90210 and Melrose Place were on. Like half the dorm would pile into a room to watch it and we’d throw stuff at the tv and get all kinds of worked up about it. Besides, who didn’t like Friends!?

  8. Haha, I had a Friends phase, but I don’t think it was ever this intense! I’ll take that sandwich any day though, looks like a great comfort food type of dish! :)

    • Some people think I’m crazy that I can watch the same thing over and over, but I don’t know, it’s almost a comfort thing sometimes!

  9. We rotate between the healthy and non-healthy food as part of our diet and yes, this sandwiches with the tips on how to bring out a healthy version is one of it I must make at home. Simple yet great in taste it looks like.

  10. When I discovered Philly cheese steak sandwiches, I remember I continuously ate every day lunch until practically my friends told me that’s way too much. I know, I get crazy sometimes (obsessed?). I’ve never made it at home though. I need to check out your recipe. Your sandwich looks so good that I feel like my addiction will start again!

  11. I love Friends!! Gosh…I’m such a sitcom and TV junkie I watch way too many shows. My hubby don’t agree on too much TV together… but we do like to watch shows like Three’s Company on Nick at Nite… yes.. we’re old. :)

  12. Oh my goodness… I think I should have read my comment before I hit send.. LOL. I meant to say my hubby and I don’t agree on too many shows… Duh… I need to go to bed I think. :) I also forgot to comment on your sandwich… duh again. It looks beyond fabulous… I love that episode when the Thanksgiving sandwich gets thrown away… Ross is too much! LOL! :)

    • haha! we have a bunch of shows on Sunday nights that we watch together like Once Upon a Time, Walking Dead, Desperate Housewives, but other than Friends, we like totally different shows too.

  13. All of them are funny but my favorite is Ross. :) Big laugh watching friends and this mouth watering Philly Steak… that is what I call good life. Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend!

  14. Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich is a real treat for me. I love all combination of saute onions, green pepper and oh the melted cheese. It’s just so good.. I made this sandwich sometime ago and didn’t blog about it myself. LOL.. I love watching FRIENDS too. They crack me up and puts a smile on my face whenever I feel down. Enjoy your weekend!! xoxo Jo

  15. I love Friends too :) And this sandwich!

  16. Oh dear lord I think I’ve found my twin. I have the same obsession with Friends – I own the box set and it is constantly on whenever I’m home. I’ve seriously memorized every single line in the entire series, which I’ve watched at least 50 times, maybe even more. So yeah, I’m a super Friends geek like you guys :)

    As for the sandwich, it looks lovely but you’re missing the moistmaker!! I’m just teasing. It looks great, and it’s an added bonus that it’s under 400 calories.

    • Haha! I’m so glad to have found my twin! I think I’ve watched each one the same amount! It just never gets old for me!

      And you’re right! I can’t believe I forgot the moistmaker!

  17. I have to get one of these every time I am in Philly. Too bad it ruins the diet for like a month after wards. I think my husband would love me double time if I made these at home for dinner. I used to watch Friends dubbed in France. It was too funny.

  18. I absolutely ADORE Philly cheese steaks, and I love the fact that you thought to hollow the bread out a bit to lessen the calorie intake. And of course make room for more filling! Thanks for sharing Stephanie this looks great, and we all have a show we’re addicted to, I have too many to name =] Have a great weekend <3

  19. I love Friends too! And this sandwich looks awesome – so toasty and warm and hearty.

  20. This is the perfect Saturday night feast!

  21. These stacks look both healthy and very delish – great recipe :D

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  22. This sandwich looks wonderful ;) Hahaha it’s funny how you and your husband like Friend so much ~ I love watching Veronica Mars and will rewatch it nearly every year :D

  23. This looks yummy! I will have to make these for dinner one night. :)

  24. This is my first visit to your blog – the cheesesteak made me do it! I love the lightened up cheese sauce. And, of course, we love Friends too!

  25. Oh man…the things I would do to this sandwich if I wasn’t a vegetarian! It looks so delicious!

  26. Oh these look delicious, Stephanie! I love all those peppers and onions poking out! And great idea about hollowing out the bread! So fun to read about your addiction to Friends…..but it really was a great series! : )

  27. I just purchased philly cheese brats and I am totally using some of these ingredients for our dinner tomorrow night! These look fabulous. My hubs and I were addicted to Friends as well. It’s been a while since we have watched them though. Great show!

  28. Hee.hee, love it! I was heavily into Friends at one point (but is it possible it was about 17 years ago?!! :)), this sandwich looks positively delicious and enormously satisfying – perfect for our apres ski!

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