A good Philly cheesesteak sandwich doesn’t have to be complicated or even authentic when you need a tasty dinner idea. No need to slice ribeye steaks or hunt for the fancy frozen variety either–these are truly simple and delicious!
It can be really easy to get stuck in a dinnertime rut.
And it’s not very often that we think about a good hot sandwich as an alternative.
These Philly cheesesteaks are something new to try! They can be customized to make everybody in the family happy, and they’re great to make ahead, and warm up when you’re on the run.
Is there a sauce or special seasoning for Philly cheesesteak?
No, there doesn’t have to be. Good mushrooms, sauteed onions, peppers and beef with plenty of gooey cheese is all you have to have. I did make a little bit of a dipping sauce for ours, and I’ll include that in the recipe but it’s totally optional.
What cut of beef is best for cheesesteak?
Traditionally, it’s a ribeye steak. However unless you live in an area where Philly cheese steaks are made regularly, it’s really difficult to find thinly sliced meat for these sandwiches. Some grocers will sell the meat frozen, and you toss it in a skillet and it’s done.
I’ve bought ribeye and sliced it as thin as I humanly could without cutting off my fingers.
When it was all cooked, it was big thick chunks. Fail. Some say you can freeze it then slice it but I just don’t think you can get it thin enough by hand.
The alternative is to use a really good quality deli roast beef. I bought a pound of shaved London broil at my local Kroger and really enjoyed the texture of that much better.
How to make easy Philly cheesesteaks step by step
How to make them ahead
Make a few ahead but don’t bake them. Wrap in foil and refrigerate. Heat them in the oven at the temperature specified in the recipe, or microwave (wrapped in a paper towel, of course) for a minute or two and you can have them all week!
Easy Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches
- 1 pound roast beef shaved
- 1 large onion sliced thinly
- 2 large green bell peppers seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 small package button mushrooms wiped clean, stems removed and sliced
- 4 tablespoons butter divided
- 4 white hoagie rolls
- 5 slices provolone cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
For the sauce
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoons A1 Steak Sauce
- 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce
- Preheat the oven to 400.
- Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a medium sauce pan and saute the peppers, onions and mushrooms until they are very soft--about 12-15 minutes.
- Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Transfer the vegetables to a plate on the side and cover with foil to keep warm.
- Slice the roast beef into thin strips. It should already be shaved, so just cut it up a little.
- Over medium heat, add the remaining butter and melt.
- Add the roast beef and toss. Heat thoroughly. About 5 minutes.
- Add the hot meat to the vegetables and toss to combine.
- Place about 1/4 of the meat and veggie mixture back in the pan, scooting it to one side. Add another 1/4 to the other side.
- Top each pile with one slice of cheese and allow it to melt slightly.
- Transfer each pile on to its own hoagie roll and roll each up tightly in foil.
- Complete the other two sandwiches then transfer to a hot oven for 7-8 minutes and you're ready to serve.
- For the sauce:
- Mix all ingredients well in a small bowl. Serve on the side for dipping.