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Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread Recipe

This Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread takes a quick u-turn on the classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich.

Overhead photo of philly cheesesteak slices

 

Philadelphia and Their Cheese Culture!

People take their Philly cheesesteak very seriously. It’s one of the Philly classics.

I have been to Philly a number of times and always look for new places to try Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. Side note: Philadelphia is a really good food town. So many good places to eat with great recipes which is why I keep going back!

As for cheesesteaks, I did the Pat and Geno’s challenge and they were ok. Went to Campo’s and that was ridiculously good. Even found a great cheesesteak at the local Hilton. 

The point being, you can go many places in Philly and experience so many variations and delicious recipes for Philly cheesesteak sandwiches.

So, I guess I’m breaking the mold making a cheesesteak flatbread. But, this isn’t the first time I strayed from tradition and it won’t be the last!

ingredients needed to make the flatbread

 

A Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich on Flatbread

So, I was I inspired by the cheesesteak and why I came up with this recipe. I wanted to bring the Philly flavor of those fun trips home. 

Those Philly cheesesteaks earned a rep for good reason. However, I do say you can make an excellent revision of them.

With steak, peppers, and cheese, and a bit of seasoning, you can really get that Philly feeling. Yes, even on a flatbread!

peppers and onions sautéing in a skillet

 

The Origin of the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich

Pat’s gets credit for being the first steak sandwich restaurant in the country. It actually started as a hotdog joint, but then the owner wanted to change things up and put chopped steak in the bun rather than a hot dog. 

That was successful so his friend Geno opened a place across the street to sell his style of cheesesteak sandwiches. Basically, the biggest difference is the way they cut the meat and the amount of swagger they cook it with. 

Everyone has their own take on which is better and the real deal. People can literally debate it to a degree that would make your head spin. 

Their simplicity matters most. You cook steak with peppers and add cheese. Toss into or onto the bread. Good to go. 

So, enjoy this take on Philly cheesesteaks!

philly cheesesteak flatbread before cutting into slices

 

Tips and Tricks

  • If you’re unable to find Steak-Umm or Gary’s Quick Steak, you can substitute chopped deli roast beef.
  • Don’t skip infusing the oil with garlic. The garlic adds an extra layer of flavor to the flatbread.
  • For best results, you should use a flatbread. However, I’ve also used a pre-baked pizza crust. Plain naan breads can be used, but they tend to be more for an individual serving.
  • If you want to reheat any leftover Philly cheesesteak flatbread, simply place the pieces on a baking sheet that’s been lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper (for easy clean up). Place the baking sheet in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 350 degrees. Once the oven reaches 350 degrees, the flatbread will be perfectly reheated.

Ingredients Needed to Make a Great Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

Full instructions are found below in the recipe card

  • Gary’s Quick Steak or Steak-Um – You can find those in the freezer section at the market. They work great because you can heat and eat very easily. No muss, no fuss. My personal favorite is Gary’s Quick Steak, but Steak-Umm is also a great option.
  • Flatbread – I use the Aldi flatbread which makes two flatbreads. A twelve inch pre-baked pizza crust works great, too. 
  • Cheese – I suggest using a package of shredded provolone cheese mixed with mozzarella. You can find those in mixed bags, or buy them separate. 
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Bell peppers –  I like sweet red peppers. Either green peppers and/or yellow peppers work too. And, I just love that color of red peppers. Naturally, you can also use those hot red cherry peppers. Pepperoncini? Not going to stop you. 
  • Onion – I prefer using a red onions but white or yellow onion would work just fine. 
  • Mushrooms – These are optional, but if you want to add them, I would suggest cremini mushrooms for the most flavor. 
  • Garlic infused olive oil – This gets brushed onto the flatbread crust and adds so much flavor.
  • Black pepper
  • Salt
  • Seasoned salt
  • Pizza or Italian seasoning
  • Fresh parsley

How to Make Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Combine olive oil and garlic in a small microwave container.
  • Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then let oil sit while your prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  • Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add bell pepper and onion, season with a pinch of salt and pepper.
  • Saute until veggies are soft and starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
  • Remove veggies from skillet and set aside.
  • Increase heat to medium high and add frozen steak to skillet.
  • Sprinkle with seasoned salt.
  • Cook on one side for 2-3 minutes.
  • Flip meat over and start to break up with a spoon.
  • Once meat is cooked through, remove from skillet.
  • Brush crusts with garlic oil.
  • Evenly divide steak between the flatbreads.
  • Evenly divide pepper and onion between the flatbreads.
  • Top each flatbread with 3/4 cup of the the shredded cheese and 1 tbsp each of the parmesan cheese.
  • Bake flatbreads directly on the oven rack in preheated oven for about 8 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is crispy.
  • Sprinkle with pizza or Italian seasoning and parsley.
  • Slice and serve.

 

What Goes Great with a Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread?

The philly cheesesteak flatbread is phenomenal, and I love them. In my opinion, they taste amazing, one of the best flatbreads of all time! Try having them with a couple different salads. 

  • Field Greens Salad – This salad is so fresh and flavorful with an easy homemade balsamic vinaigrette, along with mouthwatering homemade croutons. It pairs perfectly with this flatbread. 
  • Italian Cucumber “Pasta” Salad – Spriralized cucumber stands in for pasta to make this fantastic low-carb salad.
  • Chopped Cucumber Summer Salad – A cucumber salad offers a nice balance as well to the huge fullness of the cheesesteak, even if it is lighter on flatbread. 

More Cheesesteak Inspired Recipes

slice of flatbread served with a glass of wine with flatbread slices in the background

 

Yield: 6 servings

Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread Recipe

Philly Cheesesteak Flatbread Recipe

Philly cheesesteak flatbread puts a new twist on the venerated Philly cheesesteak sandwich. Instead of the bun style roll, I use flatbread.

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus 1 tbsp
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 2 precooked flatbreads
  • 1 (12 oz) pkg frozen Philly cheesesteak meat, such as Gary's Quick Steak
  • 1 bell pepper, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1/2 tsp seasoned salt
  • 1 1/2 cup pizzeria blend shredded cheese
  • 2 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning
  • chopped fresh parsley, if desired

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Combine 1/4 cup olive oil and garlic in a small microwave container.
  3. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and then let oil sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  4. Heat remaining tbsp of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  5. Add bell pepper and onion, season with a pinch of salt and black pepper.
  6. Saute until veggies are soft and starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
  7. Remove veggies from skillet and set aside.
  8. Increase heat to medium high and add frozen steak to skillet.
  9. Sprinkle with seasoned salt.
  10. Cook on one side for 2-3 minutes.
  11. Flip meat over and start to break up with a spoon.
  12. Once meat is cooked through, remove from skillet.
  13. Brush crusts with garlic oil.
  14. Evenly divide steak between the flatbreads.
  15. Evenly divide pepper and onion between the flatbreads.
  16. Top each flatbread with 3/4 cup of the the shredded cheese and 1 tbsp each of the parmesan cheese.
  17. Bake flatbreads directly on the oven rack in preheated oven for about 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and crust is crispy.
  18. Sprinkle with pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning and parsley.
  19. Slice and serve.

Notes

My favorite flatbread is from Trader Joe's. You can also use (2) 12 inch pre-cooked pizza crusts for this recipe.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 574Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 931mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 36g

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