Make-ahead Meal: 3 Minute Steak Hoagies with Homemade Steak Sauce

Fill a hoagie with tender steak and cover with a make-ahead sauce and spicy greens.


For the sauce:

  • 1 large shallot, coarsely chopped
  • 1 red Holland or Fresno chili pepper
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 2 large fresh bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seed or dry mustard (1/3 palmful)
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
  • 1 cup organic ketchup or low-sugar ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or Tamari (dark soy sauce)
  • 1 cup beef stock

For the sliced steak:

  • 1 tablespoon high-temperature cooking oil, such as canola or peanut oil
  • 1 1/4 pounds flank steak
  • 4 hoagie rolls of your choice
  • 1 big bundle watercress, upland cress or baby arugula


For the sauce: In food processor bowl, combine the shallot, chili pepper, garlic, bay leaves, mustard seed, sherry, Worcestershire sauce and peppercorns and process into a smooth paste. Place the paste into a pot and combine with the ketchup, soy sauce and beef stock. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Cool and refrigerate for a make-ahead meal.

Pre-heat the oven to 325ºF to crisp the bread.

Reheat the sauce over medium-low heat.

Place the flank steak in the freezer for 5 minutes or until cold. Remove and shred or cut the cold flank steak against the grain. Throw the bread in the oven to crisp it up. In a skillet, heat the oil over high heat until it smokes. Add the meat and toss for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat and combine the steak with the warm sauce. Cut the rolls open and stuff the hoagies with spicy greens and the hot ‘n saucy steak.

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