February 24, 2011

Recipe Post: Open-Faced PCS Wanna-Be Sandwiches

No, not that PCS!

Here's another one of SoldierMan's favorites. This is a great recipe because it's a two-person recipe (although it can easily be multiplied for four or more). And I know we're always looking for good two-person recipes, right?

I ran across the original recipe for these sandwiches back years ago, I don't remember where. And over time it has evolved into this incarnation. I do remember the recipe originally called it Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches. But as there's no steak involved, and a completely different kind of cheese, and you don't wind up with a puddle of grease in your lap at the end (yum!) I don't think they can legitimately be called Philly Cheesesteaks. So, I give you:

Open-Faced PCS Wanna-Be Sandwiches

You will need:
  • 1 package deli-cut roast beef
  • 2 sub sandwich rolls
  • 1 package Pepper Jack Cheese
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • EVOO
  • Butter
  • Garlic salt
Start by cutting up your pepper and onion into small pieces, about an inch long. It makes for much easier handling later.

I usually wind up using the whole pepper and 1/3-1/2 of the onion, depending on the size of the onion. You want a fairly even ratio of pepper-to-onion.

Then put them in a small skillet with some EVOO to keep them from sticking and stir over medium-low (closer to low) heat to get them warm through. Basically you are just trying to work on them until they are not-quite-raw. Unless you go for that sort of thing.

While they are cooking, slice up your rolls lengthwise. Then butter them generously and sprinkle on some garlic salt. Not too much! I've made the mistake of putting more than just a thin layer on and getting a mouthful of grainy salty garlicky awfulness. Blech. Just a thin layer on top of the butter will do.

Once the onions and peppers are "done" to your desired level of...done-ness...set them aside but keep the skillet on.

Now, in the warm skillet, put a bit more EVOO (if you need to) and then add the roast beef to brown. I find it works best if I "unfold" it out of the package.


The goal is to brown the meat so it's not deli-raw. Like the meat on the left side of the pan. Be sure to stir constantly, because even on a low heat, the meat can sizzle up fast and we don't want to scorch it, just brown it.

About this time, I'd turn on the broiler and get it good and hot.

While that's cooking, slice up your cheese. Not too thin, not to thick. 1/4-inch wide, perhaps? You want about 20 slices total, so however that works for you.

Once the meat is all sufficiently brown, turn off the heat and pick the beef out of the skillet, letting the EVOO and what's melted off the meat drip into the skillet.

Then place each slice one-by-one on the buttered roll halves.

Then add your peppers and onions and top with the slices of cheese.

Then put it in your oven to broil until the cheese is all melty and beautiful. Takes mine about 10 minutes, but don't walk away! Keep an eye on it. You don't want to scorch your cheese.

And there you go! Beautiful, easy, almost-PCS sandwiches. The best part is they are very filling, so I've never needed to make a side dish. In fact, I usually can't even finish my two slices. SoldierMan picks up the slack for me there. :)

Hope you enjoyed that. If you try it out, let me know how it goes and how you personalized it. I love hearing how people take recipes and make them their own.


  1. I will be making this VERY soon, it look so yummy!!!!

  2. that looks amazing!!!
    i HAVE to make that soon!
    thanks for the recipe.

  3. Mmm, that looks good!!! I may have to make those. =)

    I totally love that you said "done-ness." Not sure why, but it made me giggle. =P

  4. I am definitely going to try this recipe!

  5. This looks so good! My husband would love it. I will definitely give it a try!

  6. Yummmm, this looks so good! Can't wait to try it :)

  7. Looks good! And easy! Thanks for sharing! :)

  8. OH MY WORD! Those look amazing! I could never get my husband to eat anything with peppers and onions, but I might just have to make these for myself one night! YUM. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  9. That last picture did a number on my salivary glands! Holy moly I'm going to have to try this...so up my alley. Like sooooo.

  10. Ooohhh, that looks good! I will have to give it a try soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  11. Oh my gosh. . Those look AMAZING.

    I'm going to acquire all the stuff for that recipe and make them when we're back from our trip (unless we have a kitchen at our hotel, in which case I will make them during our trip).

  12. I just bookmarked it! This looks insanely tasty!

  13. I just had to let you know - I made these the other day, and we loved them! I plan to make them again this week, too :) Thanks for the recipe!


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