Cheese Steak Subs


A while back Tom decided that he was going to start cooking on Friday nights so I could start the cleaning as soon as we got home. I'm very organized in the fact that I have to get everything that isn't fun (cleaning and washing clothes) done first before I can do anything moderately fun (grocery store) or super fun (going out somewhere, baking/cooking a new recipe). I just don't feel right going out and doing something fun knowing there is a load of laundry or a cat box to clean waiting for me at home.

At the beginning of the week he had decided he wanted to make cheese steaks, but when the night came, he was too tired to do so. I, however, had thought of these cheese steaks all week. I have yet to find anywhere near where we live that makes a really decent cheese steak. By decent, I mean one where I can customize my toppings and one that doesn't use the cheapest meat ever leaving you with a soggy pile of grease in the form of a cheesesteak. So while Tom was content to have cheese and meat on his cheese steak, I planned on going all out with toppings on mine.

Cheese Steak Subs
Source: A Cookaholic Wife Creation
Yield: 4
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    • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
    • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
    • 1 1/2 lbs. chopped beef (or Steak-Umms)
    • 1 lb. provolone cheese slices
    • 8 tomato slices
    • 1/2 cup lettuce, shredded
    • 4 tbsp. mayo
    • 3 tbsp. jarred jalapenos, diced (or sandwich hots)
    • 4 sub rolls
    • salt and pepper to taste

1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring frequently for 20-25 minutes or until the onions have caramelized. Set aside to keep warm.
2. Preheat the oven to 350. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spread the mayo onto each side of the sub roll then add 1-2 pieces of cheese on each roll.
3. Spray a large skillet with non-stick cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Season with meat with salt and pepper and cook, breaking up the meat until it is cooked through.
4. Meanwhile, place the baking sheet with the sub rolls in the oven and bake for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the sub rolls are lightly toasted.
5. Break up any remaining provolone cheese and stir it into the meat until melted.
6. Place the lettuce, tomato and jalapenos onto one side of the roll. Add the meat on top and then top with caramelized onions.

These were much better than I expected. The caramelized onions made them taste more like sub shop style cheese steaks not homemade ones. If only they were healthier and we could eat them more often. :-)

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