Are you still letting your local sub shop overcharge you for your sandwiches? I can show you how to make cheap, easy steak and cheese subs. In my opinion the homemade version is much better than the ones you get from your local shop because they are packed with fresh ingredients, plus you can tailor them to your own personal liking. You don’t have to worry about someone making a mistake on your condiments or fixings and they cost a fraction of the price. In this post I’ll cover everything you need to know about how to prepare, cook and serve a steak and cheese sub.
You will need
1 sub roll (I use Fantini sub rolls. They are 10″ rolls and you can get them from any supermarket)
Shaved steak (Most people don’t know this but you can get the same exact shaved steak that every sub shop uses right in the meat cooler at your local supermarket. If you don’t see it there the butcher on duty will gladly assist you. Just ask and you shall receive. The amount needed will greatly depend on how full you like your sub and what you add. If you like to add fixings to your sub you will need much less than normal.
An electronic or cast iron skillet (I use a non stick electronic skillet)
That’s actually all you NEED to make a steak sub, the rest will depend on what you like on yours. Let’s get started.
The first thing you want to do is preheat your skillet to 350 degrees. I use an electronic skillet to make judging temperatures easy. If you only have a cast iron skillet, you can tell its preheated to the proper temperature by dropping a bead of water on it. If it immediately sizzles and evaporates it should be hot enough. Next you want to prepare your sub roll. When cutting, you don’t want to cut all the way through. You want to make a pocket in the roll by starting your cut about 1/2 an inch in and cutting down 90% of the way through the roll. Having a good bread knife really makes life easy but if you don’t have one you can manage with a steak knife. You want to take the next few minutes to prepare what your going to put on you sub. There are so many combinations of ingredients it’s almost endless, for this post we’ll keep it simple and just add some mayonnaise.
Next you want to start cooking your steak. Take whatever you prepared and drop if on your skillet all at the same time. The cooking process is pretty fast and there is a bit of a technique to it. To break up the steak into small chunks like you see coming out of your local shop, hold one spatula upside down so the top is facing the cook surface. You’ll use this spatula to hold the steak in place. Next hold the other spatula on its side so you can use the edge as a blade. Hold the steak with the first spatula and use the second to break up the steak. See the actual blog post for a demonstration.
You want to make sure the steak is in very small chunks, if it is, you can add some spices(salt, pepper etc.) if you like. If all the meat is brown then it is done, you can add cheese at that point and let it melt before you place it in the roll. Cut the roll in half and there you have it! A fresh, home made steak and cheese sub. This recipe is extremely cheap. An average package of shaved steak goes for about $5 and yields 2-3 subs. The sub rolls are about $2.50 and some cheese from your local deli for $1-$2. That’s an incredible price of about $3 per sub! The steak and cheese from a local or chain sub shops cost upwards of $10 each.
Great steak and cheese ideas:
Steak Bomb- Add diced green peppers, onions, mushrooms, salami and provolone cheese
Atom Bomb- Add diced green peppers, onions, mushrooms, salami provolone cheese and jalapenos (I use habanero peppers for an extra kick, I like it spicy!)
BBQ steak- After the steak cooks, add just enough of your favorite BBQ sauce to coat the steak and use white American cheese.
Steak wrap- Use a sandwich wrap for a low carb alternative, it’s usually less messy as well.
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