national sandwich day

Posted on November 3, 2011


Happy National Sandwich Day!!

Let’s make Philly Cheese Steaks & make them vegetarian. We’ll make our own rolls, too! This is another recipe from one of my favorite blogs, Peas and Thank You. There are so many delicious recipes on there, even if you don’t want to eat vegetarian or vegan!

This recipe is vegetarian, but it would also be great if you added some lean red meat to it to make it a little more authentic. Either way, the sandwich is delicious and got rave reviews from the people who tried the recipe with me. You can buy 100% whole wheat hot dog buns if you don’t feel like making your own. But it really was fun making the pretzel rolls!

Philly Cheese “Steaks”

Recipe from the Peas and Thank You

Makes 6 sandwiches

Pretzel Rolls:

  • ¾ cup warm water (110 to 115°)
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBSP butter, melted
  • 10 cups water
  • ⅔ cup baking soda
  • coarsely ground sea salt

Sandwich Filling:

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 TBSP red wine
  • pinch of sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • 1½ TBSP fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 9-10 medium sized mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 medium yellow onions, sliced
  • 2 green bell peppers, de-seeded and sliced
  • 6 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese

Prepare sandwich filling: Combine all sandwich filling ingredients in a large bowl. Marinate at least one hour or up to 24 hours.

Make rolls: Combine warm water and sugar in a large bowl. Sprinkle yeast on top and let sit until foamy, about 5-10 minutes. Add butter, flours, and salt. Combine with a spatula, adding dough if necessary, until dough is smooth and not sticky. Knead for 5-10 minutes. Transfer dough to an oiled bowl, cover with a dish towel, and let rise for 1 hour (or until doubled in size). Once risen, divide into six even sections and form into sub rolls.

Preheat the oven to 450° and bring 10 cups water & baking soda to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Once boiling, drop one sub roll in at a time and boil for 30 seconds. Transfer to a cookie sheet sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Sprinkle each with salt. Repeat with all rolls. Bake 12-14 minutes until tops are golden brown. Transfer to cooling rack.

Make sandwich filling: Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Remove mushrooms, onions, & peppers, and saute until lightly browned.

Assemble sandwiches: Preheat broiler. Slice rolls and place on baking sheet. Top evenly with mushrooms mixture. Top roll & mixture with one slice of cheese per sandwich. Broil for 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and rolls start to toast. Enjoy!!


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