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Philly Joes

Posted: March 30

Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

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This is a true knockout of a lunch or dinner! Philly Joes fuses the melty, meaty masterpiece of Philadelphia cheesesteaks with the tangy, sweet sauce of America's favorite diner-style sandwich, the sloppy joe. The result is even more savory and hearty than either sandwich on its own. It only takes 20 minutes to whip up Philly Joes, so this can be a meal anytime, no matter how crazy your schedule is. It's the eye of the tiger of sandwiches!


1 teaspoon vegetable oil
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium green bell pepper, diced
1 cup beef broth
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
salt, to taste
pepper to taste
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon water
6 ounces provolone cheese, sliced or in chunks
8 hamburger buns
1 tablespoon butter, optional


Step 1

Place a large nonstick pan or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 2

Coat the pan with oil.

Step 3

Add the ground beef and cook until the beef is mostly browned, for about 3-5 minutes.

Step 4

Drain the fat from the skillet.

Step 5

Add the onion and bell pepper and sauté until the onions are translucent, for about 2-3 minutes.

Step 6

Add in the beef broth, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, salt, and pepper.

Step 7

Mix the cornstarch with the water to create a slurry.

Step 8

Add the slurry to the pan, stirring constantly.

Step 9

Once the mixture is thick enough to form mounds, remove it from the heat.

Step 10

Add the cheese and slowly stir it in.

Step 11

Butter and toast the buns to your desired doneness.

Step 12

Spoon the meat mixture onto the toasted buns.

Step 13


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