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Steak Bomb Sandwich

This Steak Bomb Sandwich recipe combines tender shaved steak, melted provolone cheese, caramelized onions, mushrooms sautéed in bourbon, and our roasted garlic aioli into one amazingly good steak bomb sandwich.

Sometimes, my husband Jack goes a little over the top when he’s cooking.  And in the case of this Steak Bomb Sandwich – that’s a very, very good thing!

This recipe combines tender shaved steak, melted provolone cheese, caramelized onions, mushrooms sautéed in bourbon, and our roasted garlic aioli into one amazingly good steak bomb sandwich.

(Don’t you want to take a bite out of this right now?)


This Steak Bomb Sandwich recipe combines tender shaved steak, melted provolone cheese, caramelized onions, mushrooms sautéed in bourbon, and our roasted garlic aioli into one amazingly good steak bomb sandwich.

Just use your favorite sandwich roll for this recipe.  Here in New England we call these ‘bulkie rolls’ but any sub, Kaiser, Hoagie or soft crusty sandwich roll will do, as long as it can hold up to the juicy filling in this steak and cheese sandwich.

Also, don’t be embarrassed to buy pre-shaved steak at the grocery store or butcher for making this steak bomb sandwich recipe.  Most home cooks (including us) aren’t able to hand shave the steak thin enough for this type of sandwich.  Just be sure you buy shaved steak and not the pre-ground steak that is formed into strips – it’s definitely not the same tender cut of beef that you want to use when making this steak bomb sandwich.

Served with our Roasted French-Style Potatoes (and a little Roasted Garlic Aioli on the side for dipping) – this is a hearty and delicious meal!

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Steak Bomb Sandwich

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 large peeled onion, sliced into five thick slices
  • 1 8-oz package button mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons butter separated (or less as needed)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil separated (or less as needed)
  • Pinch of sugar
  • 1/8 cup bourbon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Few grinds of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound shaved steak
  • ¼ pound sliced provolone cheese
  • Bulkie or Sub rolls
  • Roasted Garlic Aioli


  1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt one tablespoon of butter with one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Place the onion slices into the pan and slowly sauté for 15-20 minutes until browned and caramelized, stirring and flipping occasionally. Add a pinch of salt, a few grinds of pepper and a large pinch of sugar and stir to combine. Cook on low for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. While onions are cooking, heat a large skillet over high heat with one tablespoon of butter and one tablespoon of oil. (Mushrooms will be cooked in two batches). Once butter mixture is hot, place half the mushrooms in and stir. Cook for 2-3 minutes and flip each slice and cook for another 2 minutes. Repeat with the last of the oil and butter and second half of mushrooms. (You may not need all of the butter and oil for the second batch.)
  3. When the second batch of mushrooms are cooked, add first batch in with second batch and pull pan from burner. Add in bourbon and slowly place back on flame. The mixture should flame up and then burn off the alcohol. Season with salt and pepper and remove from heat.
  4. At this point you can add cooked mushrooms in with the cooked onions and reuse the large skillet to cook the steak.
  5. Heat large skillet over medium high heat and add one tablespoon of olive oil. Add in steak and with two wooden spoons, pull steak apart and turn and cook for 2-3 minutes until cooked through. Season with a little more salt and pepper.
  6. Add onions and mushrooms to the steak, stir to combine and turn off heat. Place provolone slices over the steak mixture and cover pan to melt the cheese, about one minute.
  7. Spread roasted garlic aioli onto bulkie roll. With a spatula slide a serving of the steak and cheese mixture onto each roll and enjoy. We served ours with Roasted French-Style Potatoes.

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  1. What kind of steak would you buy for this, even if you had a butcher shave it for you, or if I wanted to do it myself? New york strip, ribeye? I’d appreciate your help, I’d love to make this. It looks so good! Thanks in advance for your reply!

  2. This sandwich is absolutely mouthwatering! Using a brown variety of mushrooms, crimini or portabella, would add some extra meaty textures for the real meat-lovers in the family…Thanks for sharing this recipe and for making me so hungry!!


  3. Holy cow this looks ahhhh-mazing! Wow. My Husband is from Boston – I’ll have to ask him about Bulkie Rolls! He would be all over this sandwich! Yum. Found you through a Tweet from Crazy For Crust. 🙂
    – Claire

    • Thanks for stopping by our site Claire!

    • I’m from Boston too. Ask your husband if he’s ever heard of spuckie instead of sub.

      • Hi Ann! He does! He remembers Spuckie’s in Dorchester…told me that people got so used to ordering a Spuckie’s sub that the word Spuckie became the word for sub…

        Small world! Thanks for visiting our site! Martha

  4. Is there another meat cut, such as a roast or loin that would work too! Looking for an idea for my daughter’s graduation party guests.

    • Hi Lola – We’d recommend a rib-eye roast. You can either have your butcher cut it into very thin slices when you buy it, or before cooking, place the roast in the freezer long enough so the meat is stiff for cutting, but not frozen, and then with a very sharp knife, cut your very thin slices. As you are cutting, if it starts to get too soft, you can put it back in the freezer again. I hope that helps! Thanks for writing us! Martha

      • I’m on a limited budget and live in a small town. Will the rib eye roast cost a lot and/or can I used stew beef cubes, since I’m not sure if the store carries rib eye roast (since I’ve never bought it). Also, is this meat tender because, due to a stroke, swallowing is a major issue.; thus, I’ll have it without the bread. Despite my questions, this looks really good. ALL your recipes look really good.
        Thank you.

        • Thanks so much Jeanette! The rib eye is a very tender meat and you could ask your local grocery store butcher to cut it into strips for you to make it easier to eat. If the price is too high for you, a good option inexpensive would be using the pre-packaged shaved steak (fresh or frozen) instead. I hope that helps! Thanks for writing to us! Happy New Year – Martha

  5. Ohhhhh, my stars! My coworkers will go totally insane over this sandwich! My manager has given me permission to get a portable electric cooktop to use at work, so this will most definitely be the “inaugural” recipe–and I can hardly wait for the first bite!!!

  6. Wow, this looks great, but I have to admit I destroy any beef I attempt to cook. However, I’d like to try this for my husband on Father’s day, so one question…when you say. “pull the steak apart,” what does that mean exactly? Will it be in several thin slices cooked in one batch?

    Thank so much!

    • Hi Cozy – yes – the recipe calls for shaved steak which is basically steak cut into very, very thinly slices. (Sometimes, you can find it at the supermarket, other times you might need to get it at a butcher shop.) As you cook the shaved steak, you will be pulling it apart into smaller, pieces that are easier to bite in the sandwich. Let us know if you have any other questions and I hope your husband enjoys the sandwich! Martha

  7. I made the Steak Bombs, Roasted Garlic Aioli and the Roasted French Style Potatos for dinner tonight. They were all a big hit!! Everyone loved them. All the different flavor combinations were a treat.
    The recipe was very well written and very easy to follow.
    Thank you so much for a wonderful dinner!!!
    Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!

  8. This steak bomb looks incredible! Cheesesteaks are my absolute favorite comfort food and this one looks about as good as any. It’s just the way I like it too – just thinly shaved steak, onions, provolone, and mushrooms on really good bread. The bourbon sounds interesting too. I guess it adds a musky sweetness? Will definitely try this. 🙂

  9. This is quite possibly the best steak sandwich I have ever had. I used a sweet onion and baby Bella mushrooms. Instead of making the garlic spread, I rubbed roasted garlic cloves on toasted Sara Lee deli rolls then used olive oil mayo.

  10. Sharon Murphy :

    Hiya, I am from the UK and have been reading your blog lately. Wow – just made a wonderful meal for my family. The Steak Bomb Sandwich is fabulous I served it with Jack’s Potato Salad and Coleslaw – I adjusted the recipes slightly as I am following the Slimming World Plan. The meal was demolished by my husband and two boys (age 5 and 10) they all loved it. Will be trying some more of you great recipes very soon. Thanks

    • Thank you so much Sharon! We’re so glad you and your family have enjoyed our recipes! Thanks for writing to us!

  11. My husband made this for the fam last night and WOW was it great!!!! I made the garlic mayo on monday so it set and just got better until Wednesday night… We used a sirlion steak that was about 80% frozen for easy slicing, sweet onions and Crown Royal for the liquor. We were both surprised at how flavorful everything was even with such little seasoning!! Delicious for a mid-week steak craving! I brought the leftover meat to work for a salad!! Thank you for all the great recipes, we’ve loved everything we’ve tried


  12. Quick question. I’m cooking on an electric stove. The alcohol won’t flame up then will it? And then my silly question. It would still be OK for a toddler to eat. Even if it doesn’t flame the alcohol is still cooked off or to where it won’t hurt , correct?

    • Hi Tiffany! Yes the alcohol will cook off leaving only the flavor…making it safe for your toddler. You could light the alcohol with a long match if you are daring but if not, just boiling it will cook off the alcohol. Hope you enjoy the recipe!

  13. This sounds wonderful. It sounds very similar to a sandwich called a Jalapeno Sirloin Melt that I usually order from a local restaurant when we go out.
    I will definitely be trying this, but adding jalapenos… lol!

  14. What can I substitute for alcohol…This looks amazing.

  15. Looks like a great recipe
    I have eaten steak bombs on Cape Cod in Provincetown and Falmouth. Usually the best are at Mom and Pop pizza and sandwich places. I know there are many variations of recipes but I thought the bombs had tomato/spaghetti sauce on them as well as black olives in addition to the cheese and mushrooms.
    I am anxious to try this recipe

    • Very interesting Jim!! I have to admit that neither of us have seen Steak Bombs with tomato sauce added…just the full boat of veggies (onions, peppers, mushrooms, etc) and the cheese! We’ll have to look for the version you’ve mentioned the next time we’re down in PTown or Falmouth! And totally agree – those Mom & Pop pizza joints have the best food! Hope you enjoy our recipe and thanks for writing to us!

  16. Looks great! One odd question, husband is allergic to mushrooms. How would you think it would come out without them. Thanks for a great recipe.

  17. No bourbon, can I substitute whiskey?

  18. This sounds amazing but I’m not familiar with Shaved Steak, please enlighten me?

    • Hi Bibs – As you might guess from the name, it’s very thinly sliced beef. Your butcher can typically cut it for you – using a rib eye or sirloin. Some supermarkets sell it pre-packaged as well – sometimes in the frozen food aisle. Hope that helps!

  19. this is so good everyone loved it

  20. I cooked this for the first time last week. It was amazing!! My kids are the pickiest eaters and they loved it!! Had a friend and her daughter over for dinner and they loved it as well. So much that I’m cooking it for dinner again tonight!!

    • Thanks Kelli – Having a picky eater of our own at home I totally appreciate it when we find a recipe that everyone enjoys! I’m glad you all enjoy our recipe!

  21. Hi there! Do you have a preferred bulkie roll recipe? I live overseas, so I can’t pop over to a New England supermarket anymore, and the recipes I’m finding are only for kaiser rolls. Thanks in advance for any help. We need to celebrate Patriot’s Day with real New England food!

  22. Can’t wait to try this.

  23. Hi I was wondering if anyone could tell if it 1/3 cup or 1/8 cup of bourbon for some reason it is blurry on my computer screen. Thank you Wendy

  24. I’m going to make the top round roast beef. Since it’s only my husband and I, I’ll have leftover. Instead of dicing up the remaining roast beef for making some kind of stew, I’ll just cut it super thin for this. Easier yet, lightly freeze the leftover to make it easier to thinly slice it. Just about any beef would work….even chicken!

  25. Oh my gosh….WOW! That is not even enough to describe the flavor of this sandwich. I added sliced pepperoni to the recipe as that is how most places make their steak bombs in Rhode Island. THe potatoes, my favorite potato recipe by far. I do not usually eat white potatoes, but made them with the Yukon Golds. So glad there were only four of us for dinner tonight, would not have had enough, they went fast! And of course the roasted garlic aoli. I have never made aoli before, this was so easy. And oh my gosh, what a great addition to the sandwich, and the fries, and my fingers…lol it is that GOOD. I am looking forward to making more of your recipes.