I’m all about quick and easy meals and this recipe for Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches with garlic aioli is a definite favorite! My husband is originally from Pennsylvania so Philly Cheesesteaks is one of his favorite foods. So although these might not be traditional version of cheesesteaks, they are absolutely delicious and come together in a matter of minutes!
I think what makes these so special for me is the garlic aioli! Aioli is just a fancy word for mayonnaise! Basically all we are doing is mixing together mayonnaise and pressed garlic so it’s very simple to make but definitely a MUST! It works beautifully with the peppers and onions and adds a slight creaminess to the dish. And well I don’t know about you but garlic anything I’m there!
Also my kids love steak so I usually make them a cheese roll with the hoagie (they are not big sandwich kids) and just serve the steak and onion mixture on it’s own as their meal! So a meal that can be adapted to please my whole family is a win for me!
What kind of meat can I use for cheesesteaks?
I made these using chuck steak that I thinkly sliced. New York steak would be incredible too. Or if you are trying to put these together quickly you can buy Steak-Umm! That is pre sliced beef found in the freezer section and I’ve used it in a pinch! Even chicken would be delicious in this recipe although then it wouldn’t be a cheesesteak but hey I’m not judging!
What kind of cheese to use for cheesesteaks?
I used shredded colby jack just because that is what I had on hand and it’s a great melting cheese. You can also use white cheddar even pepperjack would be delicious for a little spicy kick. My husband love cheez whiz on his Philly Cheesesteaks so that’s another option as well!
How to toast your hoagie rolls?
Preheat your broiler, I set mine to LOW so I have more control over it. Things can burn quickly (too quickly) under the broiler. I then line a baking sheet with foil, place my buns on it and put it in the oven under the broiler. Toast the outside (both sides) of your rolls and then take them out. Then spread the aioli on the buns, top with cheesesteak filling and cheese and place your sandwiches back in the oven to melt the cheese. I like pre toasting my bun because there’s nothing worse than a soggy bun!
How to reheat leftovers?
I keep leftover steak filling in a container in the fridge. Then I reheat filling with a tsp of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until warmed through. Then I assemble my sandwiches using the same instructions as in the recipe card! I just find steak reheats so much better on the stove, so that’s one thing I never use my microwave for! Heated this way, the leftovers were almost as delicious and making them fresh so we enjoyed having them for lunch the next day.
Philly Cheesteaks with Garlic Aioli
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 2 cloves garlic pressed
- 2 tbsp butter
- 1 lb boneless chuck steak thinly sliced
- 1 onion sliced
- 1 red pepper sliced
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup shredded cheese (I used colby jack)
- 4 hoagie rolls toasted (I used great grains cheddar cheese)
- Preheat broiler.
- In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise and garlic. Set aside until ready to serve.
- In a large cast iron skillet, melt butter over medium high heat. Add sliced steak and cook for 3 minutes per side or until medium rare. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a plate.
- Add the peppers and onions to the skillet and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
- Turn the heat off and add the steak back to pan and mix together with veggies,
- Spread garlic mayonnaise inside each hoagie roll, top with steak/veggie filling and shredded cheese. Place on a baking sheet and bake in preheated broiler until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.