High Heels and Grills: Man Mondays: Mini Philly Cheesesteaks

Monday, August 13, 2012

Man Mondays: Mini Philly Cheesesteaks

I've always loved philly cheesesteaks. When I first started college, like a billion years ago, I worked at a sunglasses place in the mall. Feeling rich (after all, I did have a big-time job), I ate in the food court nearly every single day. On the really busy days, I couldn't get too far from my kiosk. The closest food joint? Charley's. Thus, my love for philly cheesesteaks was born.

Now, being older, wiser, and more handsome, I've resorted to making sandwiches myself. This recipe, I completely put together with my very own brain cells, and let's be honest - I had low expectations in the event it completely bombed. Let's just say I was blown away with how awesome it turned out. Additionally, it's so dang easy!

The title of the post is "mini philly cheese steaks" due to some editing by my lovely wife. However, the original title was Philly Cheese Steak Sandwichlets. I guess she figured too many people would be confused by the title... weird... as everyone knows, you simple add "-let" to the end of any noun, and you now have a smaller version of said noun. Examples:  babelet (little baby), niblet (a little piece of something), Hamlet (a little ham...), etc. So I introduce to you Philly Cheese Steak Sandwichlets!

  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 white onion, cut into thin slices
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 lb thinly sliced roast beef 
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • mushroom slices (however many and whatever variety you like)
  • 1/2 Tbsp. oil
  • 6 french hard-rolls, cut in half
  • 6 provolone cheese slices

  1. Melt the butter in a skillet on medium heat and add the onion, garlic, and bell pepper - let the veggies simmer in the butter while you work on the meat, stirring occasionally.
  2. If you went to the deli and got super-thin slices of beef, then cut this step out. If you are like me and buy the cheapest stuff, you will probably need to pound the meat into oblivion. (Seriously though, the secret to an awesome philly is super thin beef.) Pound away until meat is about 1/8 inch thick.
  3. Season your beef simply with salt and pepper.If you insist on seasoning it with something more, try a little allspice, it gives it a really nice flavor when all is said and done.
  4. Add the mushrooms to the veggie skillet when the onions and peppers are getting soft. Season with salt and pepper.
  5. Cover the bottom of another skillet with your oil and get it nice and hot. Put a couple of the meat slices in the pan. Since the meat is so thin, only cook for about 30 seconds on each side, that's all it takes, I promise. If you cook it any more, you'll have tough meat and unhappy sandwichlets.
  6. Assemble your cheese-steaks by adding the hot meat to your french rolls, putting the provolone slices right on top of the meat, and the hot veggies on top of that. This will make for a juicy, melty, happy sandwichlet.

Please enjoy your niblet of heaven (see what I did there?). And share this post with anyone and everyone, or Man Mondays will continue to be the least viewed posts on this blog *Zach struggles to hold back tears*. Enjoy!


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  1. I love this whole post! Zach it is literally like I am sitting down having a conversation with you... that is when you know you do a great job writing blog posts... your personality comes out! And knowing you are a great cook first hand, I KNOW these sandwiches are going to be a smash hit in my home! The look DELISH! Pinning! p.s. I love the name sandwichlets.. it made me smile!

  2. Love the name of them! They look amazing and I'm pinning this asap. Megan

  3. Following from Mom's Monday Mingle!


    Please stop by & say Hello, if you haven't already. (And follow)


  4. I make cheesesteaks all the time, but never made minis - love the idea!

  5. My stomach is growling...it's lunch time here in HI. Charley's is sooo close, but so far right now. Hahaha.
    Thanks for linking up...and making me hungry! haha!

  6. Found you via Naptime Review---these look amazing, just pinned! Looking forward to seeing more recipes. Hope you stop by our blog, http://www.thechirpingmoms.com!


  7. So making these! I skimmed through the past recipes, yum! And thanks for stopping by my blog. New follower!

  8. Those are "manly" yet adorable. The hubs and I would love this quick and easy cheese steak. Thanks for stopping by to visit today. I am a new follower of yours as well.

  9. My man would sure love me for making these! Thanks for the recipe! Thanks for stopping by my blog, just became a new follower!

  10. Seriously. Man- monday, might be my new favorite thing... you guys are hilarious. miss you so much!!

  11. This looks delicious!! Don't laugh.. but for the roast beef... do you go to the meat counter and ask them to slice it?

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  12. Oh my they do sound yummy! I shall have to try them!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  13. Can something manly also be adorable? These are so awesome! We love philly cheesesteaks, too, gotta try these sandwichlets (cute name, too!)

  14. Just made these for dinner tonight. Delicious!

  15. These sound so great. Mini anything is great! Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends this week! I hope to see you again Tuesday! :)

  16. Actually I am kind of fond of the mini name. :D Looks delish. Thanks for linking this up this week.

  17. Yay! You were featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday. Thanks so much for partying with us :)

  18. Love the way you let your personality shine through your writing, Zach! My husband will absolutely love this recipe! Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. These look great! I absolutely love Philly cheesesteaks, but have never made them at home before! Thanks for sharing at Foodie Friends Friday!!

  20. That post cracked me "uplet".....too cute! And the Philly Cheesesteak always gives me a warm feeling. One of my favorites! I guess you can call it one of my comfort foods. Perfect share for Foodie Friends Friday. Thank you! I am going to enjoy following you www.alilcountrysugar.blogspot.com

  21. Beautiful sandwich, awesome name. Can't wait to try these out.

  22. These look yummy!! Thanks for linking up!

  23. These sound great, gotta try it. Thanks so much for sharing at Tasty Thursdays on The Mandatory Mooch. I hope you will link up again. The party will be live with features tomorrow night. www.mandatorymooch.blogspot.com

    Thanks, Nichi

  24. My husband is basically drooling over these mini cheesesteaks! Or sandwichlets :) Love Man Mondays!


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