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Philly Cheese Fakes

Mushrooms are the key to this twist on popular Philly steak sandwiches—a nice meatless meal option that’s tangy and tasty. —Veronica Vadakan, Portland, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Broil: 5 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 medium green peppers, sliced
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 hoagie buns, split
  • 4 slices reduced-fat provolone cheese


  • Preheat oven to 450°. In a small bowl, whisk the first 6 ingredients. In a large bowl, combine mushrooms, green peppers and onion. Pour dressing over vegetables; toss to coat.
  • Transfer to two 15x10x1-in. baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake 15-20 minutes or until crisp-tender, stirring once.
  • Divide mushroom mixture among buns and top with cheese. Broil 3-4 in. from heat 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Replace tops.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 344 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 681mg sodium, 47g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 17g protein.

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  • kimross67
    Apr 11, 2011

    it was great ilove it

  • my_litch91
    Apr 5, 2011

    absolutely amazing! the smoked paprika is wonderful, i had never used this spice before... but it was fabulous!! I have found a new favorite meal!!

  • shastabrooke2002
    Apr 4, 2011

    Could not find shiitake mushrooms, so I just grabbed the only fresh mushrooms we could find in our rural grocery store (don't know what kind they were). My husband wasn't a fan--the thought of a vegitarian meal was too much for him--but I though it was great! Made it for Mom too & it went over well. A creative take on an old favorite!

  • bakerswoman
    Apr 4, 2011

    This is such a good recipe! My daughter, who "hates mushrooms" just loved it! She didn't know it had mushrooms in it! I would make this again in a heartbeat!

  • dmv60
    Apr 3, 2011

    This was so good, my husband didn't even mind that it was meatless.

  • gingersnapped
    May 17, 2010

    made this last night with a few alterations... I didn't have lemon and couldn't find the paprika I just bought (grrr) and shitakes are too expensive for MY pocketbookso I used cremini mushrooms - I tossed the veggies with olive oil, salt & pepper and a splash of worcestershire - then did everything else the same EXCEPT I was afraid it wouldn't have enough flavor without the lemon and paprika - so I made garlic bread out of the roll and toasted itI REALLY liked this for a quick meatless meal - I will totally make it again!!

  • reezee1946
    Apr 8, 2010

    Could not find shitake mushroolms, so used portobellas instead. They turned out delicious and the vegetarian in the family got a big kick out of the name.