The Irresistible Cheese Steak Sauce: A Flavorful Twist on a Classic Sandwich

cheesesteak sandwich with fries in takeout basket

Do you have a favorite sandwich? The one that never fails to satisfy your cravings? For me, that sandwich is a cheesesteak. There’s just something about the combination of juicy steak, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and melted cheese that makes it absolutely irresistible.

While this version may not be an authentic Philly Cheesesteak, it’s the one that we love here in Ohio. And let me tell you, it’s a flavor explosion! The secret to its greatness lies in the super easy, yet incredibly delicious, creamy garlic horseradish sauce. Say goodbye to regular mayo and mustard – this sauce adds an extra flavor boost that will leave you wanting more.

The Art of Making Cheesesteaks

Preparing the perfect cheesesteak requires a few key steps. Let me walk you through the process:

step by step photos of how to make cheesesteaks

  1. Crafting the Horseradish Sauce: The first step is to prepare the creamy garlic horseradish sauce. It’s best to make it earlier in the day or even a day or two before to allow the flavors to meld together.

  2. Sautéing the Onions and Mushrooms: Achieving that beautiful caramelization on the onions and mushrooms requires patience. Remember to add the salt and pepper after they’ve cooked to ensure the best results.

  3. Cooking the Steak: Stir the steak occasionally, allowing it to develop a golden brown color. This step adds depth and richness to the flavor profile.

  4. Combining and Adding Cheese: Once the steak is cooked to perfection, add the onion and mushroom mixture to the skillet. Divide the mixture into sections and generously top it with cheese.

  5. Assembling the Cheesesteaks: Here comes the exciting part! Add plenty of horseradish sauce and cheesesteak mixture to your preferred type of roll, then wrap it up in foil or any other oven-safe material of your choosing.

  6. Baking to Gooey Perfection: A quick bake in the oven will transform your cheesesteaks into gooey, cheesy goodness.

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These cheesesteaks are made with juicy chopped strips of ribeye, caramelized onions, golden brown mushrooms, and are smothered in gooey provolone cheese. All that goodness is wrapped up in a tender hoagie roll that's been slathered in a creamy garlic horseradish sauce!

Exploring Delicious Variations

Why stick to the traditional when you can unleash your creativity? Here are some delightful variations to try:

  • Mushrooms: If you love a meaty flavor, try using cremini mushrooms. Simple white button mushrooms work just as well.

  • Peppers: For those who enjoy a little kick, feel free to add your favorite peppers. Whether it’s green bell peppers, cubanelle peppers, or banana peppers, they’ll add an extra layer of flavor.

  • Un-baked Option: Short on time? You can skip the oven step, but trust me, the baked version is worth it. The heat will make the cheese melt into a gooey, heavenly delight.

  • Rolls: Use any hoagie rolls you prefer. Perfection Deli Super Sub rolls are a popular choice, but any hoagie roll or bun will work perfectly.

  • No Horseradish: Not a fan of horseradish? No problem! You can omit the horseradish sauce and opt for plain mayonnaise or a combination of mayo and spicy brown mustard.

cheesesteaks with fries in takeout baskets

Prepare Ahead for Convenience

Want to save time without compromising on flavor? Here’s how you can prep ahead:

  • Steak: Slice and chop the ribeye ahead of time, keeping it refrigerated for a day or so.

  • Onions: Slice the onions and store them in the refrigerator for a day or so.

  • Mushrooms: Slice the mushrooms and keep them refrigerated for a day or so.

  • Sauce: Make the horseradish sauce in advance and refrigerate it for a few days.

Storage Tips

Leftover cheesesteak mixture can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 4-5 days. When you’re ready for another tasty meal, simply reheat the mixture, add it to your favorite hoagie roll, and bake as directed.

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closeup of mushroom and onion cheesesteak

This recipe was originally posted in April 2018 but has been updated in October 2022 with additional information and new photos. Inspired by The Little Kitchen.

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