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Philly Steak and Cheese Sandwiches

on April 20, 2012

I have to say, I Love this recipe.  It may be one of my favorites that I make.  It’s hearty, flavorful and fun.  I also really like seitan, and don’t cook with it as often because it’s a little more expensive than tofu…but so worth it!

First, what is Seitan you may ask?  Kinda  a funny looking word…Well, it’s often described as “wheat meat.”  That’s because it made from extracting the protein (the gluten) from wheat.  One serving has only 130 calories, 2 grams of fat and a whopping 21 grams of protein.  Yowza.  **See more on my opinions about the Gluten-Free Diet craze below

I started with creating my own Worcestershire sauce because:  A. I didn’t have any  B. No one really knows what it is anyhow (click here if you want to know) and C. Sometimes it has anchovies in it – decidedly not vegetarian.


Sauce – Vegan Worcestershire

  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tbs water
  • 1 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tbs maple syrup
  • 1/4 ts each of garlic and onion powder
  • dash of cayenne pepper

Everything else

  • 1 package of cubed Seitan
  • 1/2 cup sliced onions (I used chopped, because they came that way from the salad bar and then I don’t have to touch them 😉 )
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into thin pieces lengthwise, then cut in half
  • 1 ts canola oil
  • 2 small heads of broccoli


  • Make the sauce – add all ingredients to a small sauce pan and cook on medium low until everything is mixed and the sauce starts to bubble
  • Pour sauce over seitan in a tupper ware container; close container and toss to evenly coat, place in refrigerator overnight

**Note, you may want to slice the seitan into smaller pieces, both to expose more parts to flavor and to mimic the consistency of a philly cheesesteak

  • Next day – start with the veggies.  Chop onions and peppers, and drop into a preheated pan with the canola oil
  • Cook over medium heat until peppers soften and onions become translucent (about 20 min)


  • Once the veggies look almost done, spray a large frying pan with a Cooking Spray, and pour in the seitan and sauce mixture
  • Cook over medium high heat, stirring frequently, until the seitan starts to brown
  • Once everything is ready, fill a lovely soft roll with the seitan, top with onions and peppers, and finish it off with a slice of provolone
  • Place the sammies in the oven under the broiler for about 1 minute, or until cheese melts (watch it! It will burn quickly!)


I served the sandwiches with some simple steamed broccoli, simply dressed with seasoned salt.  Or, for the kid in all of us, topped with even more melted cheese.

The combination of the fresh bread which was toasted but still soft on the inside, the succulent seitan, the depth of flavor with the veggies and the melty cheese – a delicious dish.  I LOVED the flavor of the seitan.  Savory and rich, definitely mimics the Classic Philly Cheese.  My eating companion, an avid Steak and Cheese connoisseur, definitely enjoyed it as well!

His and Hers:

Yum Yum:

**Now I know, I know, the Gluten-Free (GF) diet is all the rage these days, but personally, I think it’s crap.  The gluten is just about the healthiest part of wheat!  You take it out, and there’s virtually no protein in the carbs your eating (albeit there may be remaining fiber).  Sounds kinda silly to me.

Now, the idea behind the diet is that you have to stay away from processed foods – which I’m all for.  But with the craze has come processed GF foods to replace the normal stuff, thus undermining the entire benefit of the diet in my mind, because people are just loading up on processed foods which so happen to be GF.  Although some people cannot digest gluten and have to restrict their intake, most people don’t really understand the science behind the GF diet and miss the point.  So, if you can’t eat gluten, then there are plenty of alternatives to accomodate you.  But purely health wise?  Call me a Gluten Advocate 🙂


2 responses to “Philly Steak and Cheese Sandwiches

  1. Yosef says:

    Awesome post. Very creative with the Worcestshire sauce. Inventive! You need some vegainaiise. ! And I agree with you on the Gluten-free fad…might as well be on the vegetable free diet.

  2. […] Verdict:  Mine was awesome, his was kinda dry and he didn’t like it as much as Tony and Lukes. For my recipe, which in my humble opinion even beat this delicious fare (though isn’t vegan), click here. […]

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