Philly-Style Flank Steak

Some would say cheese whiz is the only acceptable cheese for this. I say they are wrong

Philly cheese steaks are one of the things that many people feel no one makes properly unless they are from the location it originated from. Much like Buffalo wings or Maryland crab cakes. Then there is the cheese whiz versus provolone versus American singles argument. Everyone does agree that it needs to have thin slices of steak fried on a grill with green peppers and onions on a toasted hoagie bun.

Well this is not really traditional anyway.

Philly-Style Flank Steak

  • 2 lb flank steak
  • 1/2 red onion sliced thin
  • 1/2 green pepper sliced into thin rings
  • 6-8 slices provolone cheese
  • 4 ounces mushrooms sliced thin
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Butterfly steak making sure not to cut through it all the way on one side. The steak will become the bread so imagine it as a large sub roll opened up. Pound out meat to about 1/4- 1/2 inch thickness. Season well with salt and pepper. Melt a tablespoon butter in a frying pan and saute the onion until it begins to brown. Add green pepper and mushrooms and cook until they are soft and mushrooms begin to brown and have released their water. Set aside to cool down. Heat an oven to 365 degrees. Spread vegetable mixture evenly over one half of the steak. Top with cheese slices and fold the other half of the steak over. Try to make sure nothing is hanging out. Now for the tricky part. In a frying pan large enough to hold entire steak heat two tablespoons butter with one tablespoon olive oil. Sear meat one one side for about 3 minutes. Using a spatula and something else (like tongs) flip the steak over without letting it open up. Sear the other side for 3 more minutes then place in oven to finish cooking, about 5 minutes for rare. Let the meat rest for 10 minutes before slicing into “sandwiches.” Serve with slices of french bread and a bad East Coast accent.

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29 Responses to Philly-Style Flank Steak

  1. Holy cr*p that looks fantastic!!

  2. TasteFood says:

    Perfect – sounds like a great Friday night dinner.

  3. A_Boleyn says:

    Sounds and looks very tasty.

  4. I’ve never heard of Philly Flank Steak before – I assumed it would have Philly cheese in it! Looks delicious, guys! :)

  5. Traditional or not, it looks fabulous! :-) Mandy

  6. Drooling… ! What a great excuse to get the grill fired up. Have a super weekend. BAM

  7. Brilliant.
    Did you try closing it with a toothpick, to make turning easier?

  8. sallybr says:

    Won’t be able to do the East coast accent, not even a real bad one, but the recipe is outstanding!

  9. egg me on says:

    Check out that melty cheese and juicy steak! My mouth is watering. I’d pick that up with my bare hands like an animal. A very, very, very happy animal.

  10. Wonderful Friday dinner!

  11. Carol Murphy says:

    I saw Bobby Flay do a provolone sauce on a throwdown instead of the wiz it looked almost as good as yours

  12. Eva Taylor says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever had one of these, but the photo makes me want to. Cheez whiz is like eating plastic.

  13. nrhatch says:

    Interesting take on a classic sammy from Philly!

  14. spicegirlfla says:

    Very clever! I would pass on the cheese whiz too, I don’t care what the purists say! Looks so very tempting!

  15. Andrea says:

    Was never a whiz girl, always provolone! This looks great!

  16. Now that looks like a delicious cut of meat!

  17. Mad Dog says:

    You’ve got me drooling even though I have a big duck in the oven!

  18. ChgoJohn says:

    That is one enticing piece of meat! I need to invite a few people over here as a pretense for making this.

  19. eyeluvfood says:

    Wow, that looks yummy

  20. My Kitchen Stories says:

    Perfectly cooked staeak and great Friday night dinner

  21. Oh my husband would LOVE this!

  22. Kristy says:

    Definitely no cheese whiz! This looks done right to me. :)

  23. rsmacaalay says:

    All I can say is WOW! I need some of those meat

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