Phat Lady

Although there has been some beef between Rutger's Grease Trucks and Princeton's Hoagie Haven, everyone can agree that French fries and mozzarella sticks are a natural addition to the cheesesteak. A full 16-inch hoagie might be the best cure after a late night, but we like splitting it up and sharing these hoagies with a few friends.

Adapted from the Phat Lady from Hoagie Haven for Cooking Channel

Photo: Phat Lady

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 40 min
 
YIELD: 2 giant hoagies, 6 to 8 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • Vegetable oil, for frying, optional
  • One 16-ounce bag frozen French fries, preferably steak fries
  • 8 frozen mozzarella sticks
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 pound thin shaved beef steak (a mix of rib and round beef)
  • 8 slices white American cheese
  • Two 16-inch loaves Italian bread, split
  • Ketchup, for serving
  • Hot sauce, for serving
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Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F or heat 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot, or in a countertop fryer. Bake or fry the French fries and mozzarella sticks according to the package directions.

Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, onions, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and some pepper. Cook, stirring, until the onions are tender and lightly browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape into a bowl and set the skillet back over medium-high heat.

Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil until just beginning to smoke. Scatter the beef in the skillet and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and some pepper. Let the beef cook undisturbed for 2 minutes, and then quickly stir once or twice, breaking some of the clumps of beef apart. Continue to cook until the beef is just cooked through and browned, another 2 to 3 minutes, stirring once or twice more if needed. Remove from the heat and add the beef to the bowl of onions. Stir to combine.

Put 4 slices of the cheese on the bottom half of each loaf of bread. Evenly top with the steak and onions. Add a handful of fries and 4 mozzarella sticks in each sandwich.

Bake the assembled hoagies (don't close them up yet) until the cheese is melted, 6 to 8 minutes. Top with ketchup and/or hot sauce. Cut each hoagie into 3 to 4 pieces. Serve warm.

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