Philadelphia Cheese Steak Sandwiches

It's the molasses that gives this recipe it's unique flavor.


  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 medium onions (about 1 1/4 cups)
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  • 1 1/2 lbs. boneless sirloin, cut in 1/2" strips
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tsp. molasses
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 red bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 green bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • 4 small Italian, French, or sub rolls, about 6 inches long and split open
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup shredded provolone cheese


In a large nonstick skillet heat oil over med. heat. Saute onions and meat until onions are soft; about 3 minutes. Add chili powder, pepper, salt, Worcestershire, molasses, and garlic and cook for 5 minutes; stirring occasionally. Add red and green peppers and cook 3 more minutes.

Assemble the sandwiches: preheat oven broiler. Fill each roll with 2 cups of meat mixture and sprinkle with 2 Tbsp. mozzarella and 2 of provolone. Place under broiler until cheese melts, 30 seconds to 1 minute.


This is the original recipe. I omit the chili because we don't like it. I've also used ground beef instead of steak because my husband prefers it that way. I use less filling per roll and it gives me 6 to 8 rolls. I've taken these to parties as well; I use the little salad rolls instead. They are always popular with men.

Source: I got this from a magazine article (don't know which) a number of years ago.

By mother of 5 from Nova Scotia


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