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My fianc LOVES Philly cheesesteaks; His eyes immediately widened as I told him that’s what was for dinner. Of course, they are not known for being healthy, so I had to make a few tweaks.

First, I subbed the traditional beef with ground turkey. Ground turkey gets a bad rap for being flavorless, but the simple solution is to season aggressively with salt and pepper. Also, letting it cook with the onions and adding the green bell peppers adds extra flavor and crunch. Finally, adding Worcestershire sauce adds a beefy umami quality. I like that the turkey is so lean as there isn’t excess liquid to drain.

For the bread, I chose a whole wheat, hoagie like roll. Since I knew they were going to be messy, I thought it would be easier to cut out some of the top and create a boat rather than cutting the roll in half. This way, there’s less bread too (though I ended up eating the bread cutouts with butter…). It makes the perfect vessel to add some smoked provolone and to broil it until the cheese is all melts!

Sloppy Turkey Philly Cheesesteaks
Serves: 6 sandwiches
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup diced white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 6 hoagie rolls
  • 6 slices smoked provolone (I used Tillamook)
  1. In a nonstick skillet, heat olive oil on medium-high heat.
  2. Place onions and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add ground turkey, season with salt and pepper and break up the turkey as it cooks. Add Worcestershire sauce and the green bell peppers. Cook until turkey has browned completely.
  5. Remove the center of the roll, creating a boat. Line each roll with a slice of smoked provolone, place on a baking sheet and broil on high for a few minutes until the cheese has melted and the bread is toasty. Top each sandwich with the turkey and serve.


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