How to Make a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich

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If there is a more well-loved sandwich, I'm not sure what it is. Between the flavorful steak, the sweet caramelized onions, the tang of the provolone, and the soft roll, this is hand-held crowd pleaser. It's simple enough to make, and impressive as far as sandwiches go, making it a great option to feed a hungry crowd.

Image Credit: Jackie Dodd
Image Credit: Jackie Dodd

Things You'll Need

  • 1 pound ribeye steak

  • 1 sweet white onion

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 8-wt ounces sliced mushrooms

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • Salt and pepper

  • 3 to 4 slices provolone cheese

  • 3 to 4 hoagie rolls


Get the good stuff! Many people will use a low-quality meat for their cheesesteaks, only to end up with an overly-chewy sandwich. Once you taste the melt-in-your-mouth texture of a nice ribeye, you'll never go back.

Step 1: Prep the Steak and Onions

Lightly wrap the steak in parchment paper, place in the freezer for 15 minutes while you prepare the onions -- this will allow for easier slicing. Thinly slice the onions.

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Step 2: Caramelize the Onions

Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onions, cooking until they start to caramelize, about 15 minutes. Onions require much more cooking time to caramelize than the other vegetables.

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Step 3: Cook the Vegetables

Add the mushrooms and green pepper, cooking until softened and the mushrooms are dark brown.

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Step 4: Slice the Steak

The steak should be very cold, but not completely frozen. Slice very thinly, removing any large chunks of fat. Sprinkle with salt.

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Step 5: Cook the Steak

Add the steak to the pan, raise the heat to medium-high. Cook until the steak is cooked through. Salt and pepper to taste.

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Step 6: Add the Cheese

Turn heat to low. Separate the filling into three to four piles (depending on how full you want your sandwiches), top each pile with a slice of provolone cheese, allowing to melt.

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Step 7: Fill the Rolls

Gently scoop one filling pile into each hoagie roll. Rolls can be toasted or warmed in advanced depending on preference.

Image Credit: Jackie Dodd
Image Credit: Jackie Dodd