My family and I follow this 80/20 method: 80% healthy eating, 20% breaks/cheats. It works out because we don’t feel deprived and we can still enjoy our “off” meals. To be honest, eating well actually ends up being closer to 90% or more because it’s just so much more beneficial and it makes us feel so much better. On the days we indulge, we make sure that it’s well worth it. No one wants to splurge a good meal on things like junk food. It’s much tastier to have something like cheesecake or this philly cheesesteak stuffed bread.
You heard me right, it’s another stuffed bread! I guess I’m just enjoying my carbs lately, because this was another fantastic creation in my kitchen, well worth the indulging.
This stuffed bread is filled with spicy pepper jack cheese, stir fried peppers, onions, and mushrooms, and tender strips of cooked beef. It’s like a philly cheesesteak sandwich, but in a more presentable way. Plus, this way there’s so much more filling and stringy cheese to enjoy!
I love making philly cheesesteak with beef, but I have seen it done with chicken breast as well. The mushroom, onions, and peppers seriously blend so well with the flavors of the beef. And the cheese….I love pepper jack cheese. I filled the bottom of the bread with cheese and topped the bread with more cheese to ensure plenty of yummy goodness.
This is definitely something I will be trying out more often. I hope you give this philly cheesesteak stuffed bread too a try too, it’s perfect for a quick weeknight meal and looks great in the center of the table at any party. If you love stuffed bread, be sure to try out my pizza stuffed bread as well!
A decadent stuffed bread with beef, peppers, onions, mushroom, and pepper jack cheese.
- 1 pre-baked loaf french bread
- 1 lb beef steak, thinly sliced
- 2 bell peppers, chopped
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
- 1-2 cups shredded cheese of your choice (pepper jack, white cheddar, etc.)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp salt, or to taste
- Oil for cooking
- 1/2 cup mayo or 1/2 a stick of butter
- Coat the beef strips in the spices and fry on high heat with a little oil for about 3 minutes, or until just done. Overcooking = tough & chewy beef. Remove from pan onto a plate.
- In the same pan, add more oil and stir fry the onions, peppers, and mushroom until the bell pepper is slightly softened. Add some salt and pepper. This will take about 4-5 minutes on medium heat.
- Add the cooked beef back into the pan and turn off heat. Set aside while the bread is prepped.
- Preheat oven to 375 Deg F.
- Remove the top layer of the load with a serrated knife. Scoop out the bread filling, leaving an inch of bread crust.
- Layer the inside of the bread with butter or mayo (your choice). Sprinkle with shredded cheese, add the filling, and top with more cheese. Spread some butter on the outer crust.
- Cover the loaf with foil and bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly. To get a golden crust, place on top rack for last 5 min.
- Let rest for 10 min before slicing and serving. Enjoy!
You can sub the beef for chicken if you wish.