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Philly Steak Sandwich Recipe

5/5 (1)
55 mins
Vadim Rachok
23.01.2024
28.03.2024
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Make a delicious Philly steak sandwich at home. You will get a yummy American sandwich with juicy beef, caramelized onions, and melty cheese. It is a perfect dish for weeknight dinners with friends or any other occasion. Well, let’s make this Philly steak sandwich with a simple recipe that you can find below. 

The Philly Steak Sandwich is a true American classic that's loved for its delicious blend of juicy beef, caramelized onions, melty cheese, and a perfect milk bun to hold it all together. Originating in Philadelphia, this sandwich has made its way into the hearts and palates of food enthusiasts worldwide. This recipe offers a fantastic homemade version that captures the essence of the iconic Philly steak sandwich. It's a wonderful choice for weeknight dinners, gatherings with friends, or whenever you're craving something hearty and satisfying.

What is a Philly Steak Sandwich?

The Philly steak sandwich is an American classic that has its origins in the city of Philadelphia. This famous sandwich has its name from its roots in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is the creation of Pat and Harry Olivieri. 

This Philly Sandwich recipe requires using a milk roll and fried filet mignon, caramelized onions, Dutch cheese, bell pepper, and smoked paprika. The sandwich is also topped with a delicious sauce made from flour, milk, cheese, and butter. You can be sure that this variant of Philly steak sandwich will be your best!

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Philly Steak Sandwich Ingredients

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  • Milk bun: The soft and slightly sweet milk bun is perfect for the savory fillings while providing a delightful contrast to the bold flavors of the steak and vegetables.
  • Filet mignon: Filet mignon is a tender and premium cut of beef. It ensures that the meat in the Philly Sandwich is exceptionally tender and flavorful. 
  • Bell pepper: Bell peppers complement the savory beef for a harmonious combination. 
  • Onion: Caramelized onions add a burst of sweetness and crunch to the sandwich
  • Dutch cheese: Dutch cheese has a creamy texture and mild flavor and is a delightful choice to melt over the steak. It contributes to the rich and smooth nature of the sandwich and enhances its overall richness.
  • Smoked paprika: It adds a smoky and slightly sweet element to the sandwich, enhancing the overall flavor. It also adds depth and complexity to the seasoning of the meat.
  • Coriander: Coriander and garlic add aromatic and spicy notes to the meat, These spices play an important role in the marinade for filet mignon.
  • Coriander and Garlic: Rosemary and garlic are used to add a hint of herbal freshness to the sandwich.
  • Brown sugar: Brown sugar is used to caramelize the onion. The sweetness of added sugar balances the onion’s inherent acidity, creating a more nuanced flavor.
  • Butter: It makes the meat juicier and gives the whole dish that rich, buttery taste.

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Sauce

  • Sunflower oil: Oil contributes to a smooth and velvety mouthfeel and enhances the overall texture of the sauce.
  • Flour: Flour gives the sauce body and a smooth, creamy texture.
  • Milk: Milk provides the liquid base for the sauce. It adds creaminess and helps create a velvety texture.
  • Parmesan cheese: Its nutty and salty notes enhance the overall flavor and make the sauce more indulgent. The cheese also helps thicken the sauce.
  • Butter: Butter gives the sauce richness and a luxurious mouthfeel.
  • Salt and pepper: These are a basic seasoning that enhances natural ingredient flavors. 

 

How to Mate Philly Steak Sandwich?

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  1. First, cut bell pepper into strips. Also, cut the onion into strips or half rings.  
  2. Then, cut the filet mignon into strips.
  3. Sauté the onion in sunflower oil until golden brown, add the brown sugar, and set aside the saucepan.
  4. Marinate the meat with garlic, rosemary, paprika, coriander, salt, pepper and sunflower oil.
  5. Heat a frying pan, and add sunflower oil. Then add the meat and fry until golden brown for 4-5 minutes. Next, add bell pepper and fry for another 2-3 minutes.
  6. To make the sauce, put the flour in a saucepan and heat it up. Add the butter and pour in the milk. Bring the mixture to a sauce-like consistency over low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk.
  7. Then, add the Parmesan, salt, and pepper, and set aside the saucepan.
  8. Cut the buns in half lengthwise, and spread the cheese slices on the top bun. Put the sauce, beef, bell peppers, and caramelized onions on the underside of the bun, and pour the sauce over the top.
  9. Bake in the oven at 356 F degrees (180 C) for 5 minutes.
  10. Remove from the oven, put the top side of the bun on the bottom. Enjoy.

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Chef Recipe Tips:

You can safely change the ingredients in this dish: 

  • you can use toasted bread instead of buns;
  • use another part of the beef cut instead of filet mignon, such as rib-eye steak or New York steak;
  • substitute pecorino or cheddar cheese for the Parmesan;

How to store the Philly Steak Sandwich?

You can store the stuffing separately from the buns. Keep the stuffing in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. To freeze, place the mixture in a zippered bag and date label. It will keep in the freezer for about a month.

This dish is very filling, high in calories, and nutritious, making it suitable for those who are actively training and looking to gain (or maintain) muscle mass. The high protein content per serving makes this dish a great find for athletes and anyone engaged in strength training. As for its impact on the digestive system, this sandwich cannot be considered light food. Therefore, the optimal (I would even say, the only) time to consume it is during the midday. It would be an ideal choice for closing the carbohydrate-protein window after a workout in the first half of the day.

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Philly Steak Sandwich Recipe
5/5 (1)
Author:Vadim Rachok
Make the best Philly steak sandwich with bell peppers and caramelized onion!
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Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
55 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 sandwiches
The ingredients you need:
4 pcs milk bun
2 pcs 7 ounces (200 g) each filet mignon
1 pc bell pepper
2 pcs onion
5 ounces (150 g) dutch cheese
0,07 ounces (2 g) smoked paprika
0,07 ounces (2 g) coriander
3 cloves garlic
1 sprig rosemary
0,4 ounces (10 g) brown sugar
0,7 ounces (20 g) butter
1,4 ounces (40 g) sunflower oil
0,5 ounces (15 g) flour
7 ounces (200 g) milk
1,4 ounces (40 g) parmesan cheese
0,7 ounces (20 g) butter
salt
pepper
Let’s start !
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1. Cut bell pepper into strips. Cut onion into strips or half rings.  

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2. Cut the filet mignon into strips.

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3. Sauté the onion in sunflower oil until golden brown, add the brown sugar and set aside the saucepan.

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4. Marinate the meat with garlic, rosemary, paprika, coriander, salt, pepper and sunflower oil.

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5. Heat a frying pan, add sunflower oil, add the meat, fry until golden brown for 4-5 minutes, add bell pepper and fry for another 2-3 minutes.

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6. Put the flour in a saucepan and heat it up. Add the butter and pour in the milk. Bring the mixture to a sauce-like consistency over low heat, stirring constantly with a whisk.

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7. Add the Parmesan, salt, and pepper, and set aside the saucepan.

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8. Cut the buns in half lengthwise, and spread the cheese slices on the top bun. Put the sauce, beef, bell peppers, and caramelized onions on the underside of the bun, and pour the sauce over the top.

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9. Bake in the oven at 356 F degrees (180 C) for 5 minutes.

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10. Remove from the oven, put the top side of the bun on the bottom. Enjoy.

Nutrition Information
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories: 641
% Daily Value *
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g49%
Saturated Fat 14g69%
Cholesterol 96mg32%
Sodium 717mg31%
Total Carbohydrate 40g14%
Dietary Fiber 3g12%
Total Sugars 6g 
Protein 35g 
Vitamin C 26mg131%
Calcium 277mg21%
Iron 5mg27%
Potassium 500mg11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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Watch How To Make It

When preparing the filet mignon for your Philly Steak Sandwich, remember that this is a tender cut of beef. To ensure that it remains juicy and flavorful, avoid overcooking it. A quick sear in a hot pan is all you need to achieve that perfect balance of tenderness and flavor. Additionally, when caramelizing the onions, take your time to achieve that beautiful golden-brown color and sweet, rich flavor. The slow and low method will yield the best results. Lastly, don't rush when making the sauce – a smooth, velvety texture comes from patiently whisking and heating the ingredients over low heat. With these tips, you'll elevate your Philly Steak Sandwich to perfection!

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