There is a restaurant near Joliet, IL called Merichka's (http://www.merichkas.com/index.htm ) that has been my husband's favorite restaurant since he was a young boy. His favorite thing there are the Poor Boy Steak Sandwiches. These steak sandwiches are tender with loads of garlic flavor which is then topped with cheese, onions and mushrooms. Unfortunately, we live a bit of a distance from Joliet now and have little reason to head back that way. One of the things I wanted to be able to do for him though was to be able to duplicate the sandwiches as close as I could. It took a bunch of mis-tries before I figured this one out.
Although, it isn't as good as Merichka's, it is dang close. Bonus, these whip up quickly, so partner with chips, and you have an awesome summer meal that barely heats up the house!
So, here we go!:
4 Po Boy steaks (these look like long cube steaks)
1/2 T. Adobo seasoning (see my favorite seasonings)
1/3 cup Beef broth
4 slices Provolone cheese
4 Ciabatta Garlic rolls (bonus if you can find ones with cheese, but not necessary)
4 T. Butter
1 Onion sliced thinly
1 8 oz can mushrooms
1) Melt butter in a skillet. When melted, stir in onion and mushrooms. Sautee, stirring frequently, until softened. Remove from heat and set aside.
2) Sprinkle steaks with Adobo seasoning and set aside.
3) Bake Ciabatta garlic rolls according to package directions.
4) Spray a skillet liberally with cooking spray and allow to heat up. Add steaks to skillet and fry until cooked through.
5) Add beef broth and continue to cook for no more than 5 minutes (this will soften the steaks some)
6) It is now time to assemble the sandwiches. Place a steak on the bottom half of the roll and top with some of the onion/mushroom saute. Top with cheese.
7) Return to oven JUST ENOUGH TO MELT THE CHEESE!!
8) Place top half of the roll on sandwich and serve!