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Sheet Pan Mini Philly Cheesesteaks

A quick and effortless take on the East Coast classic sandwich.

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One of the sandwiches I miss most from my time in the United States is the old school Philly cheesesteak. The experience of hitting up a diner, gas station, or sandwich bar for the little bundles of cheesesteak happiness is second to none. Not only did they fill my stomach, some of the most colorful conversations that I had in the States were while waiting for a delectable, freshly made Philly cheese.

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Here in Australia, there aren’t many cheesesteaks in sight. The best thing, however, is that I can whip up my own on a sheet pan in a jiffy (with a few alterations from tradition). I’ve been spreading the word about amazing Philly cheesesteaks with these killer little snacks, and they’ve been a huge hit with hungry friends and family.

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In terms of ingredients, I like to use top sirloin for the steak. It’s a decent cut that’s much more inexpensive than rib eye; I always keep rib eye for steaks on the grill. Given that it’s important to take your steak and give it a good hammering to thin it out before slicing against the grain, there’s no issue with using a cheaper cut to get the job done, if you do so correctly.

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I love the flavor of provolone cheese, and given the choice it’s the one I like to use when making cheesesteaks. In this example I used the easy-to-find mozzarella, and it works well enough, but you can use any appetizing cheese choice, provided that it melts well. There’s even a school of thought in the US that suggests the best cheese to use in a Philly steak is Cheese Whiz, but that’s not for me.

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Fresh buns are good – they’re light and fluffy, but toasted ones are better. Small hot dog buns are perfect for these snack sized sandwiches, and they come in the perfect amount. I like to air fry buns for 2-3 minutes because it gives them a fabulous toasty crunch and helps in melting everything together perfectly. Alternatively, you can grill or bake the buns for a similar amount of time and get the same result.

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While not exactly the same as the amazing Philly cheesesteaks that I indulged in states-side, this version is close enough to keep me happy from 2000 miles away (give or take). They make a terrific snack for when the game’s on, or if the extended family comes to visit with just a moment’s notice.

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Makes 6

10m prep time

10m cook time

5
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Ingredients
  • Hot dog buns (6)
  • 1 -1.5 lbs top sirloin, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup provolone cheese, grated
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • Butter as required
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
Preparation
  1. Tenderize the steak, then cut against the grain into thin slices, then marinate in Worcestershire sauce and set aside.
  2. Chop up the veggies into thin slices and place them onto a sheet pan, spread out evenly.
  3. Add the beef and Worcestershire sauce. Combine salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then sprinkle over the ingredients.
  4. Place sheet pan in oven pre-heated to 350°F and cook for 10 mins, tossing once.
  5. While steak is cooking, air fry the hot dug buns at 300°F for 2-3 mins, butter, and sprinkle with leftover herb mix.
  6. Remove sheet pan from the oven, toss once and fill hot dog buns with cheesesteak mixture. Top with grated cheese
  7. Plate and serve immediately with fries or cottage chips.
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One of the sandwiches I miss most from my time in the United States is the old school killer Philly cheesesteak. The experience of hitting a diner, gas station, or sandwich bar for these little bundles of cheesesteak happiness is second to none. Some of the most colorful conversations that I had were while waiting for a fresh, hot Philly cheese.

Here in Australia, there aren’t many cheesesteaks in sight. The good thing, however, is that I can whip up my own on a sheet pan in a jiffy (with a few alterations from normal).

I’ve been spreading the word about Philly cheesesteaks with these killer little snacks, and they’ve been a huge hit with hungry friends and family. While not exactly the same as the ones I indulged in states-side, they’re close enough to keep me happy!

Final Pair
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Sheet Pan Mini Philly Cheesesteaks (Makes Six)

Ingredients

Philly Cheesesteak Ingredients
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  • Hot dog buns (6)
  • 1 -1.5 pounds top sirloin (you can use rib eye, but my preference is to only have rib eye for steaks, both for economics and taste)
  • 1 cup provolone cheese (I had to use mozzarella in this example, and it works well enough)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 1-2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp salt
  • 1-2 tsp cracked pepper
  • Butter as required
  • Optional: 1 small chilli pepper

Instructions

1. Take your steak and give it a good hammering on each side with a meat mallet to thin out. Cut against the grain into slivers and place in a bowl.

Give it A bash
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2. Marinate the steak in Worcestershire sauce and set aside

Marinating Beef
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3. Chop up the veggies into thin slices and place them onto a sheet pan, spread out evenly.

Finely sliced veggies
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4. Add the beef and Worcestershire sauce. Combine salt, pepper, and garlic powder, then sprinkle liberally over meat and vegetables.

5. Place sheet pan in oven pre-heated to 350°F and cook for 10 mins, tossing once.

Ready to cook
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6. While steak is cooking, grate your desired amount of cheese (skip this step if you prefer shredded)

Grated Mozzarella
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7. Air fry the hot dug buns on 300°F for 2-3 mins (it gives them a fabulous toasty crunch). Alternatively, you can toast or bake for a similar amount of time and get the same result.

Air Fried Hot Dogs Buns
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8. Butter your hot dog buns and sprinkle with any left over salt/pepper/garlic spice mix.

9. Remove the sheetpan from the oven, toss once and then fill hot dog buns with mixture, then top with grated cheese.

Out of The Oven
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10. Plate up and enjoy!

Plated Cheesesteaks
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