Steak Stuffed French Bread – Step into the world of our Steak Stuffed French Bread, a recipe that’s sure to tantalize your taste buds and leave you craving for more. This delectable dish combines strips of steak aromatic spices and gooey melted cheese all encased in a slice of French bread. It truly is a masterpiece that never fails to impress. Whether you’re hosting a gathering or simply treating yourself this Steak Stuffed French Bread is an experience you won’t want to miss.
The first time I prepared this steak-stuffed French Bread was when I wanted something tantalizing to surprise my husband and child. And let me tell you this recipe exceeded my expectations! The kitchen filled with the aroma of sizzling steak and melting cheese creating an atmosphere of anticipation. As they took their first bite their faces lit up with delight. It was evident that this dish was an absolute winner. It has now become a favorite, among my family members. I am excited to share this culinary delight with all of you!
What makes this steak-stuffed French Bread truly exceptional?
This steak-stuffed French Bread is truly exceptional, with its fusion of flavors striking the balance between spicy and savory and the heavenly medley of textures. The crispy outer layer of the bread beautifully complements the tenderness of the steak resulting in a harmonious blend of tastes, with each mouthful. It’s an impressive dish that can be prepared in just 30 minutes making it perfect for busy weeknights or spontaneous get-togethers. Moreover, this recipe is quite adaptable; feel free to adjust the spices according to your preference.
What You Need To Make This Steak Stuffed French Bread Recipe?
Crusty French Bread Loaf: Choose a loaf that’s freshly baked and has a robust crust, as this will be the vessel for our savory steak filling. The crust plays a crucial role in holding everything together while providing a satisfying crunch in every bite.
Canola Oil: We’re using canola oil because it has a high smoke point and a neutral flavor, ensuring that the steak cooks perfectly without any additional tastes overpowering the dish.
Beef Steak: Opt for a high-quality cut of beef steak to ensure tenderness and flavor in every strip. Sirloin or ribeye would work wonderfully. Ensure it’s cut into small, even strips for a uniform cook and an even distribution of meat in every slice of the bread.
Fresh Garlic: Mincing fresh cloves of garlic will give a pungent and aromatic flavor that can’t be replicated with pre-minced or powdered garlic. It adds a depth of flavor to the steak that is absolutely mouthwatering.
Soy Sauce & Worcestershire Sauce: These sauces provide a salty, umami flavor that enriches the steak. The combination creates a complex flavor profile, enhancing the overall taste of the dish.
Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce: A little goes a long way with Sriracha. It gives the recipe a spicy kick, but it’s not just about heat; sriracha also has a sweetness and a garlicky complexity that adds layers to the flavor.
Freshly Grated Ginger: Using fresh ginger will provide a zesty, peppery note that complements the heat from the sriracha and adds freshness to the dish.
Ketchup: Ketchup adds a sweet and tangy element, balancing the spicy and savory components of the steak filling.
Kosher Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper: These seasonings are fundamental in enhancing all the flavors of the dish. Kosher salt dissolves easily, and freshly ground black pepper adds a mild heat.
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese: Mozzarella is beloved for its reliability, creating that irresistible cheesy pull that makes the dish so appealing.
Provel Ropes or Shredded Provolone Cheese: Provel, with its creamy and tangy flavor, or Provolone, with its mild and slightly nutty taste, both add a wonderful complexity to the cheese layer, ensuring every bite is cheesy and flavorful.
Steps To Make Steak Stuffed French Bread:
Step 1: Start by cutting off the top third portion of your French bread loaf. Use a steady hand and a sharp knife to make cuts, around the bread angling the knife slightly downwards to create a boat-like shape. Carefully remove the insides ensuring that you leave a half-inch border of bread around the edges.
Step 2: In a skillet set over high heat heat up your canola oil before adding the strips of steak. The goal is to achieve a browned exterior with a crispiness, which should take 5 to 7 minutes. If any moisture appears, promptly drain it as we want the steak to stir fry rather than boil.
Step 3: Reduce the heat. Add minced garlic to the skillet giving it a stir for about 30 seconds. Then add soy sauce, sriracha sauce, Worcestershire sauce, grated ginger and ketchup. Season this mixture, with salt and ground black pepper according to your taste preferences. Allow everything to simmer and blend together for 5 minutes.
Step 4: Now it’s time to fill your bread boat with the steak mixture spreading it evenly throughout. Sprinkle an ample amount of mozzarella and Provolone cheese on top.
Step 5: Put your creation onto a baking sheet. Pop it into a preheated oven set at 350°F for about 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and become delightfully gooey. For that added touch of perfection give it a broil during the final minute to achieve a lovely golden brown cheese topping. Just make sure to keep an eye on it because broilers can be a bit finicky, at times!
When you place the strips of steak into the skillet, with canola oil make sure they are spread out in a single layer and not too close together. Giving space to the steak allows for a proper sear ensuring that each piece gets a delicious caramelized crust. This process really boosts the flavor of the steak. Adds a delightful texture contrast, to the juicy center of the meat. Remember to let the steak cook without disturbance for a couple of minutes before stirring as this helps achieve that perfect sear. Taking your time to properly brown the steak truly elevates the deliciousness of your steak-stuffed French Bread.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I prepare any part of this recipe in advance?
Yes, you can! The steak filling can be cooked in advance. Kept in the fridge for, up to two days. When you’re ready to assemble simply heat up the steak mixture, fill the bread, and follow the baking instructions. This makes it a great option for meal prep or for those days when you want a meal without spending too much time in the kitchen.
What other types of cheese can I use if I don’t have Provel or Provolone?
If Provel or Provolone cheese isn’t readily available you can easily substitute with cheeses that melt nicely. Swiss, Gouda or a mild cheddar would all work as alternatives. The important thing is to use a cheese that will melt well and complement the flavors of the steak.
Is there a way to make this recipe less spicy if I’m serving it to kids or those who prefer milder flavors?
Absolutely! The spiciness, in this recipe mainly comes from the sriracha hot chili sauce. To make it less spicy you can reduce the amount of sriracha used. Or leave it out entirely. You’ll still end up with cheesy steak stuffed bread without the extra heat. An alternative choice would be to offer the sriracha giving people the freedom to customize the level of spiciness according to their taste.
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