My Kind of Cheesesteak

by jerseygirl on December 7, 2008 · 49 comments

On Thursday night, we were getting ready to watch the Rutgers football game. I was debating what to cook and decided to go with a good ol’ cheese steak. Since we live so close to Philadelphia, you know we can order them from anywhere and they will be good. But I decided to go the homemade route and I made the husband very happy. It also cut down on grease and possibly a few calories.

I am not saying these were anything close to diet food but they did include some veggies and lean meat. I bought some chip steak which was really thin sliced sirloin and added some spinach to the mix. This Italian style cheese steak was so good. Of course, the bread made the sandwich. While Rutgers was scoring 49 points in the first half of the game, we were chowing down. If you don’t live near Philadelphia but would like a great cheese steak, follow this recipe.

Italian Style Cheese steaks
1 TBS olive oil
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
16 oz chip steak or thinly sliced rib eye
1 tsp garlic powder
8 ounces baby spinach
1/4 cup tomato sauce
a pinch of crushed red pepper
salt to taste
2 large Italian hoagie rolls, split
6 slices sharp provolone cheese

In a a large fry pan, heat the olive oil and saute onions until they start to turn golden. Add chip steak and cook until no longer pink. Add garlic powder, spinach and sauce to the pan along with the red pepper. Cook until spinach is wilted and stir well. Season with salt to taste. Lightly toast the inside of the rolls and divide meat mixture on the two rolls. Top with provolone cheese and melt under the broiler for a minute or until cheese is melted.

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Kaitlin December 7, 2008 at 3:44 am

Ooo those look so good! I’m actually planning on making a cheesesteak-ish (hehe) recipe that I saw in a pillsbury magazine..so this post makes me want to make it even more!

Peter M December 7, 2008 at 6:01 am

The provolone cheese is a must, any other cheese is a no-no. Had the real-deal in Philly…great street food.

HoneyB December 7, 2008 at 7:18 am

I am not ashamed to admit that I could eat that right now for breakfast. lol. I’ve been up since 4:30 now and starting to want to eat! This sandwich is doing me in!

RecipeGirl December 7, 2008 at 9:16 am

My hubby would be one happy guy if I attempted cheesesteak at home. What we get out here in CA that is dubbed as ‘cheesesteak’ is never anywhere close to the real deal!

Bunny December 7, 2008 at 9:29 am

I LOVE cheese steak!! Your killing me Lisa, I haven’t had breakfast yet, how healthy would cheesecake for breakfast be!!??LOL!!

Megan December 7, 2008 at 9:49 am

OMG THAT CHEESESTEAK LOOKS AMAZING! I think I may be making one very soon 😀

culinarycory.com December 7, 2008 at 10:08 am

Philly cheesesteaks are so good! It’s a must have whenever I’m in Philly.

Stacey Snacks December 7, 2008 at 10:33 am

Lis,
I like this, but hold the provolone on mine, please!

ttfn300 December 7, 2008 at 10:45 am

love it! for some reason I reserve those for going out (maybe so i don’t eat them too much?) but now that i’m not in philly anymore i may have to give this a shot!

Mary December 7, 2008 at 10:49 am

Lisa, this looks awfully good. I love the use of provolone and spinach — a nice twist on a classic. Cheesesteak is a favorite food of mine if I can get good rolls.

Beth December 7, 2008 at 11:01 am

Who cares about the calories!!!! It looks so tasty

Cathy December 7, 2008 at 11:08 am

Oh — there’s nothing like a cheesesteak to make my mouth water! Since I don’t live anywhere near Philly, (but eat great cheesesteaks whenever I am there!) I am definitely going to try your recipe!

John and Lisa Howard-Fusco December 7, 2008 at 1:03 pm

Go cheesesteaks! And Go RU! Upstream Red Team! – John

Candy December 7, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Oh wow! That makes me yearn for a hoagie! Your’s looks even better than Pat’s.

Sharon December 7, 2008 at 4:41 pm

mmm, I love a good cheesesteak and they’re not too common out here in California!

Jeena December 7, 2008 at 4:45 pm

That is one tasty sandwich. 🙂

Mari December 7, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Yummy! You’re making me hungry!

Jenny December 7, 2008 at 7:14 pm

Nice Lisa! I am a cheesesteak lover! Yours looks scrumptious!

Katrina December 7, 2008 at 10:51 pm

Darn, those do look really good! I’ve never even had a true Philly.

Leslie December 7, 2008 at 11:21 pm

dont forget the calcium from the cheese! LOL
They look DELISH!

Pam December 8, 2008 at 12:52 am

Oh Lisa, this is my kind of sandwich. I love that you used sharp provolone. Excellent recipe.

EAT! December 8, 2008 at 7:42 am

YUM!

Debbie December 8, 2008 at 8:20 am

Wow does that look good. I could go for one of those for lunch today.

Katherine Aucoin December 8, 2008 at 9:42 am

You can’t go wrong with a cheesesteak sandwich, especially one that looks that good. Love the provolone!

Dawn December 8, 2008 at 12:16 pm

YUM! You know I love this! This looks soooooo good!

Maria December 8, 2008 at 12:53 pm

Wow, that is a sandwich!

The Blonde Duck December 8, 2008 at 1:18 pm

Did you make your bread? Things are more Mexican based down here so I have a hard time finding Italian breads…

Kitt December 8, 2008 at 1:40 pm

OK, now I want one of those for breakfast! Heart attack on a plate, but soooo good.

You pie giveaway package arrived! (I posted a photo.) Thanks so much! I’ll be stocking my freezer soon.

kat December 8, 2008 at 2:39 pm

I love the addition of the spinach to this. I've never made this before & this one is totally tempting me

Darius T. Williams December 8, 2008 at 3:19 pm

I love a good cheesesteak and this looks awesome!

-DTW
http://www.everydaycookin.blogspot.com

Aggie December 8, 2008 at 3:22 pm

Oh, my mouth is watering!! That looks unbelievable!!

Allie December 8, 2008 at 3:26 pm

You must be reading my mind I’ve been craving a cheesesteak for the longest time!

priscilla December 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm

Hi Lisa, do you mind of I use a picture of your brownie cookies, the ones off my blog? I am doing a post with bloggers who have made my recipes.

Amy December 8, 2008 at 7:00 pm

Yum!! I am SO going to be making this soon:)

That Girl December 8, 2008 at 8:18 pm

That cheesesteak looks dripping in deliciousness.

inland empire restaurant and food reviews December 8, 2008 at 11:22 pm

The spinach is a nice touch!!

Kevin December 8, 2008 at 11:41 pm

That is one nice looking sandwich!

MrOrph December 9, 2008 at 6:03 am

You know my very first job at 12 was making steaks and pizza in Germantown (Philly). I make them here in the ATL by buying 1/2 inch rib-eyes then pounding them to wafer thin. I use my two eye griddle and my two spatulas to pull the meat into small bits. You gotta have provolone; no wiz here!!!!

I only wish I could get some Amoroso rolls down here.

Proud Italian Cook December 9, 2008 at 5:06 pm

Provolone for me, the sharper the better! This looks sinfully good!!

Jeff December 10, 2008 at 11:40 am

I love a good cheesesteak sandwich. Nice twist with the spinach and good call on the lean meat.

joe@italyville December 10, 2008 at 2:06 pm

those look amazing!

melissa December 10, 2008 at 2:34 pm

…aaaaand I know what I’m getting for lunch.

DROOL.

Awesome to make these at home and nice personal touches on yours.

Birdie December 10, 2008 at 7:06 pm

My husband is from Philly and is always on the prowl for a good steak sandwich. This one looks like the real deal

Kristen December 10, 2008 at 11:52 pm

I love cheesesteak sandwiches. I’m bookmarking this to try very soon! Yum!

lesleychef December 11, 2008 at 8:27 pm

Another riff on that delicious looking sandwich is a cheesesteak pizza. Substitute a homemade pizza crust for the bread. Lay the cheese (no tomato sauce) and the cooked steak, mushrooms and peppers if desired, salt, pepper, bake! voila!

Jan December 12, 2008 at 9:44 pm

I love Philly Cheesesteak but have never tried making it myself. I really must give this a whirl, it sounds great.

Clumbsy Cookie December 19, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Homemade cheesesteak?! Oh cool is that?! I thought about emailing you to go eat one with me while I was in Philly last week, but I had not much time. Oh well, next time…

Barbara | Creative Culinary November 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm

So glad to not see green pepper; that just ruins a cheese steak for me and I love the addition of spinach. Sounds great…even if it is a bit less fat!

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom November 5, 2011 at 10:18 pm

MMM this is MY kind too!

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