Cheesy Steak Sandwich

Everyone knows what a steak sandwich is.   One would immediately think it’s shredded beef seasoned and cooked with onions and bell peppers placed in between a hoagie roll with mayonnaise and cheese. However, so many think that it’s very complicated to make.  You have no idea how easy it is.

When it comes to making a steak sandwich, I’d rather prepare it at home rather than buying one.   I can’t eat steak, but I love a steak sandwich with lots of onions and bell peppers and smothered with cheese.  I dislike it when the cheese is just placed at the bottom or on top layer of the sandwich.

I have been preparing it this way for as long as I can remember; so cheesy and so appetizing you just want to devour it!   Mm-mm…good!

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Okay, let’s make it.  Prepare the ingredients.

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*Note:  Depending on the heat of your stove, cooking time may require adjustments.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag with four pieces of frozen shredded sirloin steak plus 1 piece ( available at Costco. )
  • 4 slices of Havarti cheese or Provolone cheese
  • 4 pieces of mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium onion, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 hoagies rolls
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • mayonnaise (optional)

Cooking Instructions:

Heat a skillet with a lid over medium-high heat and add the shredded beef.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

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Cover and let cook for 7 minutes* or until the shredded beef sweats and turns brown.

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Remove the lid and separate the beef. Cover. Let cook for 2 minutes.

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Remove the lid.  Push the cooked shredded beef to the side of the skillet.

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Wipe the skillet with paper towels to remove excess fat.

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Turn down heat to medium and add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes.*  Then, add the onions and bell peppers.

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Stir-fry for two minutes.  Cover and let cook for additional 2 minutes.*  Turn off heat.

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Add the cheese.

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Cover for 1minute or until cheese melts.

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I wish I took a picture, so i could show you how cheesy it was, but the cheese was melting so fast I didn’t want it to melt to a point where it will end up at the bottom of the pan.

Immediately, scoop the cooked shredded steak with melted cheese and place in between the hoagie roll with mayonnaise.

I bet you feel hungry just by looking at it.  I could see you salivating.  Okay, go make it to appease your hunger.  Enjoy!  🙂

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Stir-fry Barbecue Steak Sandwich

As a mother of two young boys, I’m all about simple, fast and easy when it comes to cooking, especially when I have to prepare two dishes at a time.  There might be some days when I have extra time and would not mind preparing a more complicated recipe, but I prefer preparing simple and easy meals often.

We had a healthy dinner last night.  Unfortunately, my youngest son is allergic to seafood and could not eat fish.  Sometimes, I have to cook three different meals at a time just to accommodate everyone in my family.

My son had chicken for lunch, so I made him barbecue steak sandwich for dinner.   This dish is easy and made with very few ingredients and it’s ready in less than 30 minutes.*

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Prepare the ingredients.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb. chuck roast or top sirloin or chicken, thinly cut across the grain
  • 3/4 cup Cattlemen’s Kansas Style barbecue sauce or a barbecue sauce of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon dark soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup onions, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 slice of Havarti creamy deli style white cheese
  • Ciabata roll or flour tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream or plain yogurt (optional)
  • lettuce (optional)
  • sliced or chopped tomatoes (optional)

*Note:  Depending on the heat of your stove, cooking time may require adjustment.

Directions:

Preheat a skillet with a lid over medium-high heat and coat with olive oil when hot.  Add the garlic and onions and saute until translucent about 1 minute.

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Add the meat and stir-fry for 2 minutes.

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Cover and let cook until the meat starts to sweat about 1 to 2 minutes.

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Stir and continue to cook  for another 2 minutes . Cover.DSCN7286

Remove the lid.  Add 1 tablespoon soy sauce and stir until well incorporated.  Cover and let cook for 4 minutes.

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Remove the lid and stir-fry until the sauce evaporates about 2 minutes. Reduce heat  to LOW at this time.

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Add the barbecue sauce and stir-fry until the sauce is well incorporated about 2 minutes.

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Continue to stir-fry until the barbecue sauce thickens and caramelized or turned to darker color about 5 to 7 minutes.

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Turn off heat.  Cut the ciabata roll lengthwise  without cutting it all the way and place the cooked steak in between. Place cheese on top of the steak and melt the cheese in a 350 degree oven.

DSCN7315Remember, do not leave the sandwich in the oven for too long or it will burn.  Turn off the oven and let heat melts the cheese about 2 to 4 minutes*.  You can add tomato slices and lettuce if you prefer.  For the steak wraps, add 1 tablespoon of sour cream or yogurt and chopped tomatoes and lettuce with the barbecue steak in the center of the flour tortilla and fold the tortilla over.  Roll once.  Gather the sides of the flour tortilla and fold.  Roll up to secure.  Cut in half and serve immediately with fruits or chips. Enjoy.

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*Note:  Due to variations in ALL ovens, cooking time may require adjustment.

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