Italian Steak Sandwiches

Italian Steak SandwichThis is for the most part an original recipe. I went through my cookbooks looking for something to do for my latest video and found something called an Italian Steak Sandwich but it consisted of minced beef and a Bolognese sauce, topped with button mushrooms (blech), mozzarella and fresh leaf basil. All wrong. Bolognese sauce would dissolve ciabatta bread; it would just fall apart in your fingers. Horrible.

As for using mushrooms, that’s entirely your prerogative but you won’t catch any such vegetable in my version. I have essentially taken the concept of the recipe but executed it completely differently. Much easier, and more importantly much cheaper!


  • Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Pack 4 ciabatta rolls
  • 450g diced beef/casserole steak
  • 1 Red pepper – cut into slithers
  • ½ Red onion – sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic – roughly chopped
  • 1 pack fresh Mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tsp pesto

*Alternatively, you can use button mushrooms, olives and/or chillis for your vegetables and fresh leaf basil instead of pesto.

Serves 4

Preparation Time: Approx. 10 minutes

Cooking Time: Up to 10 minutes


  1. Heat the oil in a pan. Sauté the onions, garlic and peppers together until lightly browned. Set aside and retain the juices.
  2. Cook the steak in batches and set aside – keep separate from vegetables.
  3. Halve the ciabatta rolls, and place the vegetables in and the steak on top. Under a moderate heat, grill for 5 minutes or until the ciabatta is toasted.
  4. Remove from grill. Slice the Mozzarella thickly and place on top of the meat. Return to grill for 2-3 minutes until the cheese is melted.
  5. Top with a teaspoon of pesto and serve.

And here is The Student Takeover’s demonstration, presented by Yours Truly: