Steak and cheese sandwiches are one of the simplest meals to make, and also one of the most delicious. The preparation is straight-forward, but when you make these for people, they will be impressed. This meal can be dressed up or down for the occasion, too.
If this sandwich was a shirt, it would be flannel.
(The easy-to-find ingredients, artistically strewn about on my countertop).
The fun part is picking out which cut of steak and which type of cheese you like best. If you are considering a slice of yellow american cheese, though, you might as well make a burger in my opinion. That is like the tee-shirt tuxedo of cheeses, and while hilarious, is inappropriate for the occasion.
A proper steak sandwich should be made with a unique, artisan cheese like asiago and a cube steak if your grocery store stocks them. The cube steak works nicely because it crumbles in your mouth like a burger, but tastes like a steak. I would avoid skirt steak, because it can be very hard to chew.
The recipe below takes about 25 minutes to make and requires these ingredients:
- Pan, cookie tray, aluminum foil
- Cooking oil/spray
- Salt, pepper, garlic (optional)
- Buns/bread (I used 80 calorie whole wheat burger buns)
- Chunk of butter for the buns (so much for 80 calories)
Lightly sprinkle salt, pepper and any additional seasonings you would like on your steak. There is no need to go heavy on the salt, because there will also be cheese and butter in the sandwich. A little garlic rub or powder will give the steak an appealing aroma in its crust, but if you just have salt and pepper that should be enough to get the job done.
Now is also a good time to preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Pre-heat a pan on the stove. Once the pan is hot, pour a little oil and throw on the steaks on for about 2 minutes per side. Take the steaks off of the pan and place them on a plate or cutting board while you prepare the buns.
Crumble some cheese and spread on the bottom half of your buns, bread, or whatever vehicle you happen to be using. I also like to dab on just a smudge of butter on the upper half, as this will give the buns a toasted, buttery texture.
Throw your slightly charred steaks onto the buns, fold up the aluminum foil around the outside, and place into the oven.
(Looks like a Chipotle burrito on the outside, but won't weigh you down like one.)
After 10 minutes or so, take out of the oven and let the sandwiches cool for a couple of minutes. Once you unwrap the foil and see the restaurant quality you just made at home, you will be kicking yourself for never having made these before.
(The finished product.)