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The Ultimate Steak Sandwich

By Troy Gagliardo

Posted: Friday, Aug. 29, 2014

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Chef Troy Gagliardo

"Chef Troy" Gagliardo hosts a weekly cooking segment called "Troy's Everyday Eats" live every Tuesday on WCCB News Rising from 7 to 9 a.m. He has made over 300 appearances on the show showcasing over 1000 of his unique original recipes. He was also voted one of the Top Five best chefs in Charlotte in 2013. Troy has penned a cookbook called Pseudo Southern, which has been endorsed by celebrity chef and best selling author Fabio Viviani. His business Motown Spice Provisions supplies some of the top restaurants and country clubs in the greater Charlotte area for the past 10 years. He is a self-taught chef who learned early on the importance of family and food, and the connection between both, from his parents and grandparents. Contact him at troygagliardo@gmail.com. Visit www.cheftroy.net, and follow Troy on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

There is no denying that meat, cheese and bread are an awesome combination. Burgers are super juicy, charred, cheesy and handheld so what could possibly be better than that? A cheese steak sandwich of course. Just like in Philly, where the cheese steak was born and still reigns supreme, this “Motown” will deliver the goodness.

For this recipe sirloin steak is used, but could easily be replaced with rib eye, skirt steak, flank steak or even strip steak. The meat gets a quick poke with a fork to allow the marinade of balsamic vinegar and hot sauce to penetrate the meat. Grill outside, until slightly charred while still being moist and juicy on the inside, is key to making this the ultimate steak sandwich.

Slice thin and pile into a fluffy soft bun. Top with grilled mushrooms and onions and then the best part…gooey, melty, easy to make havarti cheese sauce. For those who dare, thin sliced fresh jalapeno peppers for a fiery contrast. While perfect any time of year, this will make a great addition to any tailgate party or football celebration this fall.

For more great recipes from Chef Troy visit www.cheftroy.net and be sure to catch Troy on WCCB Charlotte’s Rising morning show every week 7-9 am for “Troy’s Everyday Eats” cooking show.

Motown Cheese Steak Sandwich


• 4 Each-Hoagie Rolls

• 1 1/2 Pounds-Sirloin Steak-thick cut

• 1/2 Each-Red Onion-cut into thick slices

• 2 Each-Portabella Mushrooms

• To Coat-Canola Oil

• To Taste-Balsamic Vinegar

• To Taste-Hot Sauce

• To Taste-Chef Troy’s Spice Mix

Havarti Cream Sauce

• 1 Tablespoon-Unsalted Butter

• 1 Tablespoon-Flour

• 2 Cups-Heavy Cream

• 4 Ounces-Havarti Cheese, thin sliced and cut into small strips or grated

• To Taste-Kosher Salt/Black Pepper


1. Place sirloin on a sheet tray and poke with a fork all over.

2. Drizzle on a little balsamic vinegar, shake on some hot sauce and a touch of oil.

3. Flip steak coating with marinade and leave out at room temp for at least 30 minutes, flipping occasionally.

4. In a sauce pot melt butter over medium heat and whisk in flour until smooth.

5. Add heavy cream, whisk to combine and cook until thickens.

6. Once cheese sauce has thickened slightly add havarti cheese and stir to combine.

7. Keep on very low heat until ready to use, stirring frequently (add a splash of cream or milk if sauce becomes too thick).

8. Preheat grill for direct grilling on medium high heat.

9. Season steak with Spice Mix, place on grill and char steak on both sides.

10. When steak reaches desired temperature, remove and allow to rest.

11. Oil/season and grill onions on both sides until charred.

12. Oil/season mushrooms, place on grill gill side up and drizzle in a little balsamic vinegar.

13. Cook just long enough to warm through, remove and begin assembling sandwich.

14. Slice each hoagie roll long ways almost all the way through to make a pocket.

15. Place on grill cut side down and grill until inside is toasted.

16. Chop onions into bite size pieces, slice mushrooms into long thin strips and set both aside.

17. Slice steak into thin strips and assemble sandwich.

18. Evenly distribute steak in all four rolls and top with havarti cream sauce.

19. Top with onions/mushrooms and serve.

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