You know, I’ve never been to Philadelphia.
I hear it’s a pretty cool city. I know they are famous for their cheesesteaks, which I also hear they load to the top with cheese. We all know I like cheese… A LOT.
Since I can’t really pick up and fly myself to Philly to give one a try, I figured I would make my own. I also figured that this week would be as good a time as any to share this easy recipe with you. I mean, hello… talk about the ultimate Super Bowl sandwich. Speaking of which, are you ready for all the game day eats this week?? It’s going to be SO good, and these cheesesteaks are only the start.
But first, we really need to chat about something that seriously excites me.
Did you guys see that Netflix confirmed the Gilmore Girls revival series?
I mean, I mean!!
I honestly cannot contain my excitement! No seriously, like I can’t. I know it’s totally lame to admit, but you guys, Gilmore Girls saved my life growing up. OKAY, that’s totally dramatic, but really, I lived for Tuesday nights! They were my escape from school, family and general pre-teen/teenage drama. And I cannot believe I am admitting this, but when I am having a bad day or I just need something that makes me feel all cozy, I will totally put Gilmore Girls on. Legit truth.
Want to know something funny? My dad cringes at this show. He sat through SEVEN years of me ritually watching this show every Tuesday night and hated every minute of it. He thinks they talk too fast or something, and he finds Lorelai 100% annoying. BUT, I could care less and the good news for him is that I don’t live at home anymore! However, he has been listening to me talk about this revival show for the last two nights during our massive “clean up” sessions. It’s safe to say he thinks I am legit insane… yep outta my mind.
But umm, Rory is coming back! YESS. SO PUMPED!
Oh MY GOSH, I just had the BEST idea. I think I need to do a week of Gilmore Girls themed recipes. Like homemade poptarts, coffee, coffee, coffee and pizza. Yup, totally happening.
Again, so pumped.
Ok, but on to today’s Crockpot Philly Cheesesteaks.
I’m kind of thinking cheesesteaks are something everybody needs to give a try at least once in their lifetime. Even if you’re vegetarian or vegan (have you guys seen the lentil and mushroom cheesesteaks?? YUM), at some point you gotta try (some form of) a cheesesteak, you know? It’s just a classic sandwich that you cannot go wrong with… saucy steak (or mushrooms/lentils), cheese and bread – you just can’t.
When I was thinking up Super Bowl recipes for this year, I had kind of a big list. So I did what I do when I can’t decide on which recipes to choose, I sent my list off to my cousin. She then chose her top five picks from the list and one of those picks were these cheesesteaks (yes, you will see the other four in the next four days!). I gotta say, I’m pretty happy she went with the cheesesteak. Sometimes you just need an easy recipe for a classic… and um, trust me these are SO easy, and SO delicious.
When I made these last week, I had to send a snapchat to my oldest brother Creighton who lives back in Cleveland. Rarely do I make food that Creigh thinks looks delicious, but I knew he would be drooling over these sandwiches. I almost felt bad torturing him with these photos… but then I didn’t, because I am his sister, and I can’t lie torturing him is kind of fun…wahahaha. Plus, he should probably get his butt outta Ohio and over to Colorado anyway. It’s time he joins the rest of the fam. Okay, and I really need another person to down all this food I’ve been making these days. With Kai away at school and Red always traveling (wait a min, I take that back Red eats next to nothing!) there’s kind of been A LOT of extra food. Seems like it’s feast or famine lately!
Anyway, the point is, I made “guy” food… and I made it so yummy!
Here’s the deal. Just throw all the ingredients into your crockpot and let them slow cook all day long. So super simple. When you’re ready to eat, just preheat your oven, stuff the saucy steak into a soft hoagie roll and LOAD it up with all the provolone cheese you can get your hands on. That’s it, then just wrap the sammie in foil and place it in the oven to let the cheese get all warm and melty.
You need to make sure you wrap these sandwiches in foil. The key is to melt the cheese while keeping the bread super soft and moist, so foil is KEY. Of course if you prefer crispy bread, then by all means, skip the foil, but I’m going to be honest, for this sandwich you don’t want crispy bread, soft is best here.
And then of course, fries are HIGHLY recommended as well. For me… and for my family, fries are a MUST, ketchup too.
OH and lastly, I topped my cheesesteaks with honeyed jalapenos. May sound a little odd, but if you like spicy, it is so GOOD!
Crockpot Philly CheeseSteaks.
- 1-2 slice sweet onions thinly (I used 1)
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon worchestire sauce
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 pounds round sirloin steak or skirt steak thinly sliced (use 1 1/2 pounds New York Strips or Ribeys for the Stove-Top version)
- 1 teaspoon garlic power
- salt + pepper
- 8 ounces button mushrooms sliced
- 2 poblano peppers or green bell peppers sliced
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 2 1/2 - 3 cups beef broth
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro or parsley
- 4-6 hoagie rolls
- [chipotle tahini mayo | https://www.halfbakedharvest.com/vegan-blt-minus-that-egg-with-chipotle-tahini-mayo/] or regular mayo optional
- 6 slices provolone cheese
In the bowl of a crockpot, toss together the onions, brown sugar and worchestire sauce. Add the butter and steak. Sprinkle the steak with garlic powder and then generously sprinkle with salt and pepper. Nest add the mushrooms and bell peppers and then pour in 2 1/2 cups of beef broth + the soy sauce. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hour or on high for 5-6 hours, stirring once or twice throughout cooking if possible. If the liquid get too low (if the steak is not mostly submerged in beef broth), add the remaining 1/2 cup of beef broth.
Once the steak is finished cooking, stir in the cilantro. Taste and adjust salt + pepper to your liking.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spread a little mayo on each hoagie (if using) and then stuff equal amounts of the steak mixture into each hoagie roll and then generously top with provolone cheese. Wrap each hoagie in foil and place in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Serve warm with jalapeños + french fries if desired.
To Make these Cheesesteak on the Stove
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Heat a a large skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and the onion. Sprinkle the onion with brown sugar, cook for about 5 minutes or until the onion is soft. Add the green pepper, mushrooms and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook 5-8 minutes or until the veggies are soft. Remove from the skillet and place in a bowl.
Return the skillet to medium high heat and add another tablespoon butter. When the skillet is hot, add the steak and sprinkle it with the garlic powder. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until the steak is cooked to your liking. Remove from the heat and add the worchestire sauce and soy sauce. Spread a little mayo on each hoagie (if using) and then stuff equal amounts of the steak mixture into each hoagie roll and then generously top with provolone cheese. Wrap each hoagie in foil and place in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese has melted. Serve warm with jalapeños + french fries if desired.
Game day eats for the win.
P.S. what do you guys think of my Gilmore Girl inspired recipes idea?? Any suggestions or must makes??!?!? Tell me, tell me! 🙂