Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes

Living near Philadelphia, we are big fans of cheesesteaks. Many restaurants near us make their own cheesesteaks and, of course, there are the popular restaurants in the city itself. SP even made his own version recently. So when I saw this recipe for Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes on Kelly's blog, I had to give it a try.


These couldn't have been easier and the results were delicious. I added some green pepper for color and flavor and I think mushrooms would also be good. We only had two tablespoons of steak sauce left in the bottle, but that ended up being plenty. The cheese sauce is a great addition and made these taste like the cheesesteaks we know and love. I hollowed out the rolls to make a little bed for the meat mixture to sit in, which really helped keep everything together. I'll be making these again for sure.

UPDATE: I've remade these quite a few times and tweaked the recipe, decreasing the amount of broth and making some changes, like melting provolone instead of making the cheese sauce and omitting the green pepper (I'm not really a fan). Two of my favorite ways to serve these are with Cheez Wiz and as a cheesesteak hoagie with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and sliced raw onion with a smear of mayo mixed with red wine vinegar and a dash of oregano.

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Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes
Adapted from Rachael Ray

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 softball-sized onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped (optional)
1 pound ground beef
2 tablespoons steak sauce, such as A-1
1/2 cup beef stock
Salt and ground black pepper
4 dinner rolls
Cheese sauce (see below) or sliced provolone or Cheez Wiz
Optional toppings: shredded Romaine, sliced tomato, sliced raw white onion, 4 tablespoons mayo mixed with a splash of red wine vinegar and a shake of oregano

Cheese sauce:
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon flour
1 cup milk
1 cup provolone, shredded

In large skillet over medium-high heat add the oil. Add the onion and green pepper and cook until soft and starting to brown. Add the ground beef and cook about 5-6 minutes. Drain off the fat, then stir in the steak sauce and beef stock, season with salt and pepper, bring to a boil and cook about 2 minutes.

Toast the rolls and set aside.

If making the cheese sauce, melt the butter in a medium-size pot over medium-high heat. Stir in the flour and cook about 1 minute. Whisk in milk, bring up to a bubble and let thicken, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat and stir in the cheese.

To serve, place a scoopful of the meat mixture onto the bottom of the rolls, then top with the cheese sauce and replace the top of the roll. If serving as a cheesesteak hoagie, spread the mayo mixture on the top bun and add lettuce, tomato and raw onion on top of the meat.
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144 comments:

  1. I have been waiting for you to post this! Can't wait to try it.

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  2. I love this idea. I wish I was home to make one right now!

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  3. wifeplzak - You won't be disappointed. These were great and so easy. :)

    Melissa - So much easier then using sliced steak. The sauce is especially good. :)

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  4. This looks soooo delicious. I can't wait to try it this week. Just added it to our food menu plan for the week. Thanks!!

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  5. We love Sloppy Joes and we love Philly cheesesteak. What a great idea to mix the two and come up with this excellent result!

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  6. Once again you have come to my rescue when I was in a pinch for dinner. You are a SAINT! Lol. Thank you for all you do, it helps more people than you know!

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  7. Chad and Mary Beth - I hope you like it.

    Pam - It was a great combo.

    Girl Friday - Awww...thanks! I'm glad you liked it.

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  8. WoW! this is so great. .love it. .

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  9. I am making this as soon as I can get some provolone! Awesome!!

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  10. I made these last night and they were a complete hit! So delicious, and so easy and fast. I'll be making these again!

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  11. These look so good! Definitely trying these. Thanks.

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  12. i'm making these with Quorn ground beef (vegetarian) and mushroom broth and salivating right now... thank you!

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  13. Thank you so much for this recipe! My boyfriend and I were craving some philly cheesesteak sandwiches and I came across this recipe and made it the same night - IT WAS DELICIOUS! So much better than I even anticipated, I definitely recommend this!

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  14. Am making this tonight...sounds delish!

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  15. This was so good, even my picky eaters loved it! My cheese sauce didn't thicken, so I just put a slice of provolone on each sandwich. I used toasted hamburger buns. Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I'm sorry it took so long to respond to some of these comments.

    Marisa - I hope you enjoyed them!

    One Sweet Shannon - I'm glad they were a hit. :)

    Stephanie - You're welcome.

    LatinaDiana - I'm so glad you were able to adapt them to be vegetarian. Enjoy!

    Sarah Collins - I'm glad it helped satisfy his craving.

    Theresa - I hope you enjoyed them.

    Lesley - You're welcome. I'm glad even the picky eaters liked it. :)

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  17. Thanks, this was a great recipe and relatively easy to make. We served ours on homemade warm hamburger buns. YUM!

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  18. Thank you! Made these tonight and everyone loved them!!

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    1. Fantastic! I'm glad these are so popular.

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  19. Made this tonight! Easy weeknight dinner for two with leftovers for hubby tomorrow! Thanks for sharing recipe!!

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  20. This looks GREAT! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful dish. I loved it so much that I featured it on my blog in a recipe round-up. You can check it out at http://www.recipelionblog.com/quick-easy-top-5-ground-beef-recipes/.

    Thanks, again.

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  21. these look great! glad i found your blog!

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  22. I don't see in the instructions when to add in the provolone to the sauce. Am I just blind? Please help. Wanting to make this Saturday.

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    1. The last sentence of the third paragraph says turn off the heat and stir in the cheese. :)

      I hope you enjoy these!

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  23. Thanks! I see where it should say that. The "in" is missing and I interpreted it to mean that the sauce was being referred to as the cheese. Thank you for clarifying. I'm making it tonight and putting it over baked potatoes.

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    1. I didn't even notice the "in" was missing...thanks for letting me know. I hope you enjoy them tonight!

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  24. These were just simply amazing! I used beer instead of beef stock and simmered longer and my family inhaled them. The cheese sauce is divine!! Hubby kept going back for more. Thanks so much!!

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    1. Beer sounds like a great sub! Glad they were good. :)

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    2. So glad I just read this because I was thinking I was going to have to run to the store to get beef stock, but we def. have beer in the fridge! Can't wait to try it :)

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    3. HAHA! I thought so too but beer is in the fridge :)

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    4. How much longer do you simmer? I don't have beef stock, but I do have beer.

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  25. Found you through Pinterest. I am so glad I did! These were a big hit!

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  26. Sarah,
    I made these tonight and they were so great! Thank you!

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  27. Just finished eating them...YUM! I used ground turkey and simmered longer and just regular hamburger buns, toasted. Less milk for thicker sauce and an Italian blend cheese. It'd be good with mushrooms added...

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    1. So glad you liked it! I like to sub ground turkey sometimes as well.

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  28. Just finished making these the second time in just a week. Our family is nuts about your recipe. Thanks for sharing!!

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    1. I'm so happy it's a hit with your family.

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  29. I am using your filling and making a hamburger-helper-ish style pasta dish with it by doubling the amount of beef broth and A-1, adding an extra cup of water, and cooking about 8 oz of rotini pasta in it. I have made the sandwiches with it before and they were SO GOOD. Can't wait to see how the pasta turns out!

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    1. This sounds great! If you see my reply please check back and let me know how it was with the pasta.

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  30. This was very good - thanks for the recipe!

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  31. I saw this on Pinterest and was skeptical, but tried it last night and my husband and I loved it! Thanks!

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    1. You're welcome. I can't believe the number of people who have tried and liked these. :)

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  32. Made these tonight and they were AWESOME! Can't wait for leftovers tomorrow for lunch.

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  33. Oh! I like the spin on the sloppy joe! Have you tried it on a baked potato? :-)

    http://dinnerwiththewelches.blogspot.com/2011/12/philly-cheese-steak-potato.html

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    1. No, but that's a great idea. Thanks!

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  34. Love the idea....has anyone thought of making them in the crock pot....I think it would add to the flavor...that all day flavor idea....

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  35. Do you drain the beef after cooking before adding the onions & peppers? Making this tonight for the first time & the kids are looking forward to it! To tell you the truth, so am I!

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    1. I'm sorry I didn't respond right away. I don't usually drain the beef because it's too complicated and usually makes another dish for me to wash. We use low-fat ground beef (90/10) so there isn't much fat. I hope you enjoyed these!

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  36. in the process of making this one, it smells wonderful! but i substituted the beef broth for a dark beer and it smells amazing!!!

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  37. 2 of my favotire things in one!!!! ur a genius!!! cant wait to try this!!

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    1. Rachel Ray is the genius...it's her recipe.

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  38. I made this tonight and we really liked it. I drained the grease off b4 adding the broth. Then I had to drain some of the broth off of the meat b4 serving. I made it on sliders too but I'm thinking next time I will serve it on toasted hotdog buns , open-faced with sauteed mushrooms on top. This is a keeper!

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  39. We love these!!! Instead of the cheese sauce I just put a piece of Provolone cheese on top of the meat then add just a touch more meat. The cheese melts in between the meaty layers. SO DANG GOOD! Thanks for sharing!

    :)Rachel Berry

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    1. I know many people who have done the slice of cheese instead of making the sauce. Both work really well. :)

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  40. Making this right now can't wait!

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  41. I want to try this with turkey. Great idea. Also, I really appreciate that you wrote "1 softball-sized onion." Most recipes usually say med or lrg or small. I mean, what's a med size onion?

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    1. I can't take credit for the wording - that's Rachael Ray's terminology. But I appreciate it, too.

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  42. I made these for dinner tonight and they were a huge hit! soooooo yummy! I will for sure make these again.

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  43. What kind of steak sauce did everyone use?

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  44. This recipe sounds delicious and I definitely will try it. But, being born and raised in Philly, I just do not see where the green pepper comes into play. I have never seen green peppers offered on a cheese steak anywhere here, only in places outside of Philly. I am not saying that people may not ask for it, but it is definitely not standard fare.

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    1. That's the beauty of cooking at home - you can add or leave out whatever you want. I live in the 'burbs and it's always an option out here. Might not be standard but it's something people enjoy.

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  45. Omg.... Made this for supper tonight and it simply melts in your mouth and has great flavor. Was an awesome change up in our dinner meals and will become a regular meal in this household! Ty so much!

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  46. Made this tonight and it was excellent. My husband and both girls said it was delicious vote we make again.

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  47. It's a keeper! We used mozzarella cheese and mushrooms and it was the bomb! Great to make for a large crowd for game days or family get togethers...

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    1. Definitely good for a crowd. Glad it was a hit!

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  48. I made this tonight and it was fabulous! I added mushrooms, as well as the peppers and onions. I served it open-faced on a plate and smothered with smoked provolone and pepperjack cheeses. Definitely going to be a regular "turn to" recipe for quick meals and potlucks at work! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. That sounds like a great variation! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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  49. Making this now! Thank you for the genius idea <3

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  50. I just found your blog through Pinterest, I have bookmarked it!! :-) I plan to do these tomorrow night!!! Cant wait, I am an American living in OZ and I miss Philly Cheesesteaks!!! I cant find provolone here so I had to go with mozz. Hoping my kids like this...they are picky eaters!!!

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    1. Hello and welcome. I hope your family enjoys this one!

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  51. I cant thank you enough for this recipe!!!! My 9 yr old has Aspergers and is very, VErY picky and caution with what he eats, rarely has more than 3 bites for any meal.............he ate a whole bunfull, THEN ASKED FOR ANOTHER!!! I cried tears of joy when making his second one. So glad i have found this blog!!! :-)

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    1. Awww....that is so wonderful! I'm thrilled that these were such a hit with your son. :)

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  52. What kindvof steak sauce is best???

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  53. I made this tonight with a few changes. I didn't have steak sauce so I used worcestershire, and I added 2 Tbsp of ketchup. I at least doubled the beef broth, then thickened it with cornstarch to a nice gravy consistency. I also added some garlic and onion salt instead of regular salt. I served it open face with sliced cheese on the bread, instead of making cheese sauce. My family loved it.

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    1. Those sound like great adaptations! Glad it was a hit. :)

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  54. I was out of steak sauce so I added a touch of Worcestershire & BBQ sauce which worked out great. My family loved them. I wasn't crazy about the cheese sauce though, so next time I think I will just use a slice of provelone. But it was a hit at my house

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    1. I know a lot of people who prefer/find it easier to make these with a slice of cheese instead of the sauce. Glad they were a hit!

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  55. I am making these right now and I am so excited about it!! :) Ill let you know if my picky eaters (including an 18 month old) like it!

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  56. Not bad, doesnt taste like a philly though. Next time i'll do without the cheese sauce and just melt provolone on top in the broiler. good flavor but tastes more like a meaty 'joe (because of the A1)

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    1. It definitely isn't meant to be a sub for a cheesesteak. Totally different texture and flavors.

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  57. Found this recipe per Pinterest and made it tonight. It was GREAT... my whole family loved it. As others have done, I did use a dark beer (1/2 Modelo Negro and 1/2 beef broth for the liquid part), and used butter toasted hamburger buns, but otherwise stuck to your recipe. It will most certainly go into my recipe box. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Happy to hear your family enjoyed it. :)

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  58. I'll make it tomorrow! It looks great!

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  59. Just made these (while watching the horrific Eagles v. Arizona game) and they are great. :0) My skeptical hubby is working on seconds! Thanks!

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  60. Just made these and they are great. My skeptical hubby is enjoying seconds. :)

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  61. Your Kidding, RIGHT? I'm sure they taste great, however, a cheesrsteak is a very special thing. Groundbeef and Philly Cheesesteak should NEVER be used in the same recipe. I will try this because it sounds great, but I will NEVER call it Philly cheesesteak sloppy joe.

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    1. I'm sorry you don't like the name - you can take that up with Rachael Ray since it's her recipe. If you do end up making these I hope you enjoy them.

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  62. I'm going to make them soon. Sounds great

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  63. Looks and sounds great, but I will use pepperjack cheese instead of provolone

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  64. Hi,
    I'm happy to find your blog, you have more good ideas

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  65. What kind of steak sauce did you use???? Thanks much in advance for the info!!

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  66. Had these for dinner tonight! Thanks for the recipe! Everyone loved them!

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  67. I just made these for lunch for my husband, and they were so easy and delicious! I sprinkled montreal steak seasoning onto the meat mixture, substituted American cheese for provolone and added in jarred jalapenos for extra spice. I then mixed the cheese sauce in with the meat mixture. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. I love hearing all the ways people modify this one.

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  68. Made this with ground chicken and chicken stock, and pepper jack instead of provolone....it was amazing!!!!

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    1. I love the idea of using ground chicken instead - sounds great.

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  69. Wouldn't using Steak'ums be more authentic?

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    1. Maybe if you were trying to make a traditional cheesesteak but these are meant to be a sloppy Joe texture, hence the ground meat.

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  70. I tried this tonight and it turned out really well, except I just melted a slice of provolone over the meat instead of making the cheese sauce. Will try it with the cheese sauce next time but either way it was a hit with the fam!!!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it. I know a lot of people have commented that they just melt cheese vs. making the cheese sauce. I'm sure that's a lot easier!

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  71. I'll have to try this soon...I love cheese steak so I know I'll love this! And I'll probably blog about it! thanks for sharing!

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  72. I made this for the first time tonight (I found it on pinterest). I have picky eaters who hate sloppy joes so I was totally prepared for them to hate it. They (7 and 8 year olds) went back for seconds and a friend that was staying the night had 3! The only thing I changed was I sauteed the onions and bell peppers first and then kept them on the side so they wouldn't be in the kids sandwiches.

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    1. I'm glad they were a hit with your picky eaters!

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  73. I made these for dinner tonight after finding it on pinterest. My 7 and 8 year olds hate sloppy joes. They had seconds and a friend sleeping over had 3 or 4. They were a big hit.

    The only thing I did different was I sauteed the onions and bell peppers first so they could be on the side and not in the kids sandwiches.

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  74. Are these mini rolls or for big rolls? I am wanting to do small ones so should I double the recipe?

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  75. Are these the mini Hawaiian rolls or bigger sized rolls? I was thinking of making them with Hawaiian rolls and wondered if I should double the recipe for 4 people

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    1. I'd make the same amount of filling regardless of the size of the rolls. You'll just get more sandwiches with smaller rolls. These are regular sandwich rolls in the picture above, maybe even a larger than normal roll.

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  76. Just made these; the whole family loved. I am always on the lookout for foods my picky bunch of teenage boys and hubby will all love. This one hit the mark. Thanks for sharing.

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  77. We had these tonight - they went into the keeper file! I just used havarti since it's such a creamy melty cheese to save me the cheese sauce step. Yum!

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    1. I love hearing all the different cheeses people use. I've never had havarti but I keep meaning to try it.

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  78. Interesting when a bad critique is giving on this recipe it is not posted

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    1. I haven't seen a bad critique come through. Perhaps it was marked as spam since you're posting anonymously. This is not my recipe so I have no reason to hide a bad review. If you tried this and didn't like it I'm sorry to hear it.

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  79. Made these and served em with beer battered fries and they were a BIG hit!!! ...hubby suggested possibly using cubed "stew meat" instead of ground beef to make it a bit less messy...ill try it and post an update as to if it keeps the same great flavor :) Thanks so much for posting the recipe, it hit my craving right on the spot!!!

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  80. Found recipe on Pinterest, made it tonight and sorry everyone....pretty disappointed. Nothing like a Philly cheesesteak and really kind of tasteless. Won't be saving this recipe.

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    1. I agree with u 100% they were actually disgusting..everyone else on here that likes thm has no taste and ant had the real thing

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    2. I agree!! Just made these tonight and no taste.what so ever. Will not make again.

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  81. We thought these were great! Yes, nothing like a REAL cheesesteak but were you really expecting them to be? My two picky girls loved them. Provolone is difficult to find here in the UK so I just shredded cheddar on the top instead of making a sauce. Definitely keeping this recipe!

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  82. Made these for lunch and they were great! Like many others we melted the cheese instead of making the sauce and we added a little mayo. The ground beef makes it super simple.

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  83. I fixed this meal tonight. Wasn't to me as good as what other people posted. :(

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  84. This was a winner for us. Thank you! I made some tweaks to the recipe to better match my favorite Philly Cheesesteak. Check out my modifications here:

    http://christineskitchenchronicles.blogspot.com/2013/03/philly-cheesesteak-sloppy-joes.html

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  85. These were extremely bland...even seasoned the meat quite a bit...will not make again.

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  86. i love these. i used a spicy creole seasoning and one of those beef stock concentrate. so super tasty. will make again.

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  87. I made this tonight and it was fabulous! I added mushrooms, as well as the peppers and onions. but you have any Beef Steak recipes pls share this in blog,thaks for your cheessteak recipes .

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