his is a cheesesteak-inspired sandwich. I have never eaten a cheesesteak, but Michael, who has lived in PA, says that this is better because it’s without all the crappy processed cheese & scary meat. There are optional mushrooms and cheese here. I can’t eat a sandwich full of mushrooms or halloumi & so just go for the seitan & peppers, but Michael loves it with the fried cheese.
4 large hoagie rolls or mini-baguettes
1 T. canola or other neutral oil
2 large onions
3 green peppers
1 red pepper
2 packages Sweet Earth or White Wave seitan, sliced into strips
salt and pepper
Saute the onions over medium-high heat in a large pan until slightly caramelized and reduced in volume. Season with salt, pepper, and oregano. Remove from the pan and set aside. Saute the peppers, in batches if neccessary to avoid crowding, until slightly caramelized and reduced in volume. Season with salt, pepper, and oregano. Add to the onions.
Taste the seitan before you begin cooking it. If it is tough, place in the pan with 1/4 c. water and a little soy sauce over medium heat, cover, and cook for 3-5 minutes. If not tough, saute as above. Add to pepper-onion mixture and toss.
If you want mushrooms, prepare them here. Use sliced mushrooms of any size, sauteed until their moisture comes out and evaporates somewhat. Mushrooms can be added to the pepper-onion-seitan mix or set aside.
Split the hoagie rolls horizontally and toast them lightly.
If you want halloumi, it can be done while the rolls are toasting. Place 1/4 inch slices of halloumi in a non-stick pan over medium to medium-high heat – no oil is necessary because of the butterfat in the cheese. Fry for a few minutes & turn when browned to cook the other side. Fried halloumi should be eaten quickly – be ready to assemble the sandwiches as you’re finishing it.
If you are not a fan of halloumi but want cheese, aged provolone would be a good fit here.
Spread the rolls with
Grainy mustard (I am addicted to Pommery Moutarde de Meaux)
and add the vegetables and cheese if desired. Jam them in a bit and then press down rather hard on the sandwich.
Makes 4 overstuffed hoagies.