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Triple Pepper Steak Sandwiches

Make parts of this steak sandwich recipe ahead of time and you can assemble the sandwich quickly for a weeknight meal. This fork-and-knife sandwich works very well with leftover fajita meat and peppers, or as a way to use leftover grilled steak or chicken. The chipotle cream sauce can be made up to three days in advance.—Robert Taylor, Shawnee, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 5 min/batch
  • Makes
    4 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless beef top loin steaks (1 inch thick and 8 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 poblano pepper, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 loaf (14 ounces) ciabatta bread
  • 4 slices pepper jack cheese

Directions

  • Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Grill, covered, over medium heat or broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 7-9 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 135°; medium, 140°; medium-well, 145°). Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute sliced onion, mushrooms and poblano pepper in 2 tablespoons butter until tender. Remove from the heat; stir in sliced steak.
  • In a small saucepan, saute chopped onion in remaining butter until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the cream, chipotle, cumin and bouillon; cook and stir until thickened.
  • Cut ciabatta in half horizontally, then cut into four equal portions. Place cheese on bottom bread slices; top with steak mixture, chipotle cream sauce and remaining bread. Cook on a panini maker or indoor grill for 3-4 minutes or until bread is browned and cheese is melted.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • To make a fresh garlic clove easy to peel, gently crush it with the flat side of a large knife blade to loosen the peel. If you don’t have a large knife, you can crush the garlic with a small can. The peel will come right off.
  • Unless otherwise specified, Taste of Home recipes are tested with lightly salted butter. Unsalted, or sweet, butter is sometimes used to achieve a buttery flavor, such as in shortbread cookies or buttercream frosting. In these recipes, added salt would detract from the buttery taste desired.
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  • Editor's Note
    Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
    Nutrition Facts
    1 sandwich: 768 calories, 37g fat (20g saturated fat), 145mg cholesterol, 1013mg sodium, 71g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 4g fiber), 43g protein.

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