Portobello "Philly Cheese Steak" Sandwich

For some reason my camera is refusing to upload photos so the one above is courtesy of Eating Well.

Jim was apprehensive about a steak sandwich with no steak. He likes his meat. I should just serve him instead of telling him ahead of time we're having a meatless meal.  But he asked for seconds after he devoured his sandwich and asked when I'd make these again so I call this a hit.

Portobello "Philly Cheese Steak" Sandwich

From EatingWell:  December 2005/January 2006, The EatingWell Healthy in a Hurry Cookbook (2006)
Cheese steaks are a Philadelphia tradition: thin slices from a rich and very fatty slab of beef, fried up and topped with a heavy cheese sauce. We've cut down on the fat considerably - but not on the taste. All it needs is a cold beer or a glass of pinot noir on the side. Make this vegetarian by using vegetable broth in place of chicken stock.
4 sandwiches | Active Time: 25 minutes | Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed, sliced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano, or 2 teaspoons dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable broth, or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 ounces thinly sliced reduced-fat provolone cheese
  • 4 whole-wheat buns, split and toasted


  1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until soft and beginning to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, bell pepper, oregano and pepper and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are wilted and soft, about 7 minutes.
  2. Reduce heat to low; sprinkle the vegetables with flour and stir to coat. Stir in broth and soy sauce; bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat, lay cheese slices on top of the vegetables, cover and let stand until melted, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Divide the mixture into 4 portions with a spatula, leaving the melted cheese layer on top. Scoop a portion onto each toasted bun and serve immediately.


Per serving : 268 Calories; 10 g Fat; 4 g Sat; 4 g Mono; 15 mg Cholesterol; 35 g Carbohydrates; 13 g Protein; 7 g Fiber; 561 mg Sodium; 704 mg Potassium



Stephanie said...

We've made these a few times- very yummy! Even as a vegetarian I'm not always fond of portabellos as a meat stand-in but I thought they were a great fit in this recipe.