Recipe courtesy of Cooking Channel

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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.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 2 giant hoagies, 6 to 8 servings
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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)

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


  1. 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. 
  2. 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. 
  3. 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. 
  4. 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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