I know what you’re thinking. Why is this a cheater Philly cheesesteak recipe? Well, I’ll tell you. First, I’ve never been to Philly. And second, I’ve never eaten an actual Philly Cheesesteak. So, honestly, this could be way off base and I’d never know the difference!
That said, they sure are tasty! My whole family pretty much devours them, actually. In fact, they are so delicious that my 14 year-old requested for me to make them not once, but twice in one month! And, as any mom knows, any recipe that pleases every member of her family is worth its weight in gold. So, let’s get cooking, shall we?
What I Love About This Recipe
It’s pretty quick to make. In no more than 35 minutes, you can have dinner on the table.
It’s super easy! If you can slice things and toss them in a skillet, you’re good to go.
The smell of the onions and meat cooking together will have you and everybody else at your house drooling.
You can adjust the vegetables to your liking. Want less onion and more pepper (or vice versa)? Go for it. Do you like mushrooms? Add some with the onions. I’ve done it and it’s delicious.
Really, there are 4 tablespoons of butter in these things. How could that be bad?!
What’s in them?
1 lb. thinly sliced roast beef (I use either Boar’s Head from the deli counter or Kirkland brand from Costco)
8 slices provolone cheese
4 large green bell peppers
2 medium yellow onions
4 tbsp. butter
4 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
Cracked black pepper to taste
8 sandwich rolls
(Optional: If you want to add mushrooms to the mixture, use 6-12 ounces of sliced baby bella mushrooms.)
How do you make them?
In a large, deep skillet, melt the butter and olive oil together over medium-low heat. While it melts, thinly slice the onions.
Add the onions, salt, garlic powder, and pepper to the skillet and sauté for about 20 minutes, until the onions are soft and golden. While they are cooking, slice the peppers to the same thickness as the onions. Add them to the onions in the pan and continue to sauté for another 10 minutes. (Note: you may want to go lighter on the salt as some deli meat is saltier than others. You can always add more salt, but you can’t remove it!)
While the vegetables are cooking, slice the roast beef into thin strips. Add them to the pan and toss with the vegetables until it’s heated through (about 5 minutes).
Build your sandwich by lining open roll with the provolone cheese and filling it with meat and vegetables. (Alternatively, you could fill your sandwiches with the meat and vegetables and layer the cheese on top and broil it quickly to melt the cheese.)
And that’s that!
In our house, these are served alongside some chips or pretzels. This Philly Cheesesteak recipe is a great option for a quick weeknight meal or something super easy for your weekend.
As always, here is your handy dandy printable! –> Cheater Philly Cheesesteaks
Now, go make them and be prepared for some very happy family members!