Thursday, January 20, 2011

Cali Cheesesteak Sandwiches

A few nights ago we barbecued New York steak, which is my favorite steak.  We don't eat it very often, but this past week The Spy Who Loves Me and I made it to the 29 year mark in the marriage department, so we thought a good steak dinner was in order.  And it was a good dinner.  We had quite a bit of steak leftover, and it would be a sin to waste New York steak, so last night I put it to good use.  Very good use.  Here's how it went down:

I chopped up some green bell peppers and onions and stir fried them in a little bit of olive oil.

When they were getting a little bit brown and soft, I added the steak, which I had thinly sliced.

Once the meat was warmed up, I added about 1/2 c. steak sauce, like A1, only I used the Walmart brand, and it was great!

Then I stirred it up (hey, this blog isn't named Stirring It Up for nothin') and let the flavors combine.  (Sorry for the steamy picture, it was very steamy in my kitchen last night.)

While I was doing all of that, my teen son put a little bit of butter and Parmesan cheese on some rolls and we toasted them under the broiler until they were just a little bit brown.  Then we topped the rolls with the heavenly meat mixture.  Yes we did!

And these divine little sandwiches couldn't be Cali Cheesesteak Sandwiches without cheese, so I topped them with a mix of Italian cheeses:  mozzarella, provolone, Romano and Parmesan.  Don't be overly impressed by my use of so many cheeses, they came already grated and mixed in a bag.  I shouldn't have told you that.  I should have just let you be overly impressed. 

Then I popped 'em back under the broiler for just and minute and, drum roll please, this is what happened:

Let me just say that the crowd went wild over these sandwiches.  The crowd included my marvelous momma, who was celebrating her birthday yesterday.  (I have the best mom in the whole world.  The whole wide world!)  She was a big fan of these sandwiches, and she wasn't alone.  The flavor from the barbecued steak combined with the vegies and steak sauce is over the top good.  Then you put it on that crispy, cheesy roll and add more cheese, well, you've got yourself something worth blogging about.  I named them Cali Cheesesteak Sandwiches because I'm from Cali, not from Philly.  I've never even been to Philly.  I've never even been to the right coast.  I'm a left coast girl, through and through. 

I served these sandwiches with baked beans and a fruit salad.  And for dessert, I made these cookies.  I probably should have made my mom a birthday cake, but she is crazy about these cookies, so I make those instead.  And my mom went crazy.  In a good way.  Not in a padded room kind of way.  But in a really good, thanks for making my favorite cookies on for my birthday, kind of way.

If you have leftover steak, make these sandwiches.  If you don't have leftover steak, barbecue steak and make sure you have enough to have leftovers.  Then make these sandwiches.  You'll be glad you did!

Hope you enjoy stirring it up!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the best birthday dinner ever. I'm glad and surprised there was a little left over for my lunch today! I am going to really try to eat just one cookie a day, but I make no promises.
    Love, Mom