Cheesesteak Casserole

 




 

 

Cheesesteak Casserole

Cheesesteak Casserole 

September and October are filled with fairs and festivals! I love how the smell of food just lingers in the air as soon as you arrive at one of these events. My go-to choice is usually pizza and some sort of fried dessert like Fried Oreos or a yummy funnel cake. My husband, on the other hand, usually heads straight for the cheesesteak line. He loves to get his cheesesteaks loaded with peppers, onions, mushrooms and lots of mayonnaise. In fact, there’s normally a glob of mayo running down his hand once he’s finished. Isn’t it so funny how when you are in the dating stage, men try to be so neat and proper and actually use napkins? And then once you get married you look at your man sitting across from you with mayo running down his arm, wondering if he should have been born in the caveman era. It’s okay though, I still love him! 

 
In fact, my love for him is what inspired this recipe. I wanted to make him a warm meal that made him feel like he was gobbling down one of those yummy cheesesteaks from the fair. My son and I don’t care for peppers and onions, so it will be grilled cheese for us on the nights that I make this. When I made my recipes, especially ones with ingredients that I don’t particularly care for, I always hand it out to neighbors, friends, and family. So far, everyone who had tried this has said that it is delicious! My friend Courtney said, “It’s like a cheesesteak in a bowl!” Another friend said, “Yes, Kyle [her husband] really liked that too! And he’s sort of picky!.” Sounds like this recipe is a winner!

Cheesesteak Casserole

This recipe is a version of a deconstructed cheesesteak from the fair. It has all of the components of a cheesesteak, right down to the goopy mayonnaise. The Italian hoagie roll is replaced with noodles and grilled mushrooms with cream of mushroom soup. If you wanted, you could definitely add some sautéed mushrooms to this. I would cook the onions and peppers until they were almost translucent, and then throw the mushrooms in and sauté them for a few minutes before adding the cheesesteak. You will still need to add the cream of mushroom soup as this adds the creaminess to the dish. If you left it out, your casserole will probably be dry and your noodles may get hard. I also cooked the noodles in beef broth which adds an amazing depth of flavor and makes your noodles not taste bland. I hope you enjoy this recipe!





Loaded Cheese Fry Grilled Cheese

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Loaded cheese fry grilled cheese

If you are looking for a way to spice up a boring ole grilled cheese sandwich, this is the recipe for you. Trust me; this is not your momma’s grilled cheese. It’s loaded with bacon, minute steak, and of course french fries; but what really takes this sandwich to the next level is the chili srachara mayo that is smothered on the top and bottom of this sandwich.

** This would be a great recipe to use up left over french fries from take out!

Lets cut to the chase; shall we?

Ingredients for 2 sandwiches:

4 pieces of bread ( I used the pre-sliced Italian. Do not use thick slices of bread)

6 slices of cheese  ( 3 for each sandwich. I used velveeta single slices because it most resembles the cheese they put on loaded cheese fries)

3 minute steaks ( cut up and cooked)

4 pieces of bacon (cooked and crumbled)

French Fries  ( enough to load it up! Depends on the size of the fries how many you use 😉 )

Butter for grilling the sandwiches

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Hot Chili Sriracha Mayo 

4 Tbsp. mayo

2 tsp. hot chili Sriracha

Mix together

Directions:

First butter one side of each piece of bread and grill it. This makes your bread more sturdy so it can hold the sriracha mayo without making your bread soggy.

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Once you have toasted one side of all four slices of bread, spread them with the Sriracha Mayo. You want to spread all four slices with the Sriracha Mayo. my photo only shows 2 slices spread.

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After all four slices are spread with Sriracha Mayo on the toasted side then it is time to start layering. Split the crumbled bacon between the two sandwiches. I lay my bacon on top of the Sriracha Mayo and then place 2 pieces of cheese on top of the bacon and then load up those fries.   (I do it the way so that as it grilles the cheese acts as a glue to the bacon and the fries)

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Load it up with fries! I am drooling now! =p

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On the other half of the sandwich which has all ready been spread with the sriracha mayo, split the minute steak between the two sandwiches and lay it on top of the Sriracha Mayo.

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Lay one piece of cheese on top of the minute steak.

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Now for the tricky part; carefully put the sandwiches together. To do this I pick up the part with the minute steaks using two hands and quickly position it over top the part with the fries. Then butter your pan and grill the sandwich, pressing it down with a spatula. Once the bottom of the sandwiches are grilled to a golden perfection then carefully lift the sandwiches off of the frying pan. Add more butter to the frying pan and carefully flip the sandwiches to grill the other side.. I use my hands to flip it into the pan (But be CAREFUL not to burn yourself!)

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** If your cheese is not melting fast enough, put a cover over the  frying pan ( I used a cookie sheet)  to trap the heat. This will allow the cheese to melt more quickly.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive commission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Cheese steak Skillet Sghetti

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skillet Sghetti

If you are tired of the same old boring spaghetti you are going to want to give my Skillet Sghetti a try. The sauce is made thick and creamy by adding heavy cream, then I top it with cheese that has been broiled to golden brown perfection. I use cheese steak in mine but you could always substitute for ground beef or sausage. P.S. If you are wondering about the name, that is what my son calls spaghetti =)

Ingredients

1 – 15oz  box spaghetti noodles

2 – 24oz  jars of your favorite spaghetti sauce

1 Cup heavy cream

5-7 cheese steaks… minute steaks, whatever you call them LOL

1 – 8oz bag Shredded Mozzarella cheese

 

Directions 

Break Spaghetti noodles in half and cook according to Aldente instructions MINUS 3 minutes. Drain and set aside. In a Medium to large cast iron skillet cook cheese steaks breaking them up using two forks as they cook,  drain excess grease (save 1-2 small spoonfuls to top with). Add both jars of spaghetti sauce and heavy cream in the skillet with the cheese steaks, stir. Add cooked spaghetti noodles to the sauce and mix so all the noodles are well coated in the sauce. Let simmer 5-10 minutes, stirring every few minutes so the sauce does not burn. Once noodles are finished cooking ( I give them a taste test to make sure they are cooked the way I like them) turn heat off and top with the entire bag of Mozzarella cheese and the 1-2 spoonfuls of cheese steak saved from earlier. Place the entire skillet under the broiler till the cheese turns golden brown.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive commission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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