Author: EatingWell Test Kitchen, Kate Webster
Photographer: Ken Burris
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.
Yield: 4 sandwiches
Serving Size: 1 bun and 3/4 cup vegetable mixture
Active Time: 25 minutes
Active Time (mins): 25
Total Time: 25 minutes
Total Time (mins): 25
- 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, sliced
- 4 large portobello mushrooms, stems and gills removed (see Tip), 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Tips & Notes:
- The dark gills found on the underside of a portobello are edible, but if you like you can scrape them off with a spoon.
Per serving: 258 calories; 9 g fat (3 g sat, 3 g mono); 12 mg cholesterol; 35 g carbohydrate; 3 g added sugars; 8 g total sugars; 12 g protein; 6 g fiber; 529 mg sodium; 708 mg potassium.
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (94% daily value), Vitamin A (30% dv), Calcium (24% dv), Potassium (20% dv), Folate (16% dv).
2 Carbohydrate Serving(s)
Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 high-fat meat
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