When I was a kid I was OBSESSED with Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. My dad and I used to go to our local spot so often that the employees new my name. Once they held a raffle for a Philly cheesesteak stuffed animal and “I won”, but I am pretty sure they just told me I won because I was there most loyal customer. So, yes, I did sleep with a Philly Cheesesteak stuffed animal in my younger years…. not weird at all.
Anyways, when I became vegetarian my freshman year of high school it was one of the first dishes I learned to replicate. I still make that recipe to this day but I thought I would throw a fun spin on it by flipping the sandwich inside out and putting the bread on the inside of Vegetarian Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers.
Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
- Preheat the oven to 425
- Spray 2 cups sourdough with cooking oil and toss with salt and pepper. Place in the oven and toast for 10 minutes or until crunchy like croutons.
- Slice the Peppers in half, lengthwise. Remove the seeds and white pith.
- Place the peppers in the oven and let cook for 20-25 minutes.
- While the peppers are cooking heat 1 Tbsp oil in a large pan over medium high heat. Add onions and 1/4 tsp of salt and cook 5-6 minutes until they start to turn translucent.
- Add the Portobellos and another 1/4 tsp of salt and let cook 4 more minutes.
- Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
- Turn the heat to low and add the crunchy bread cubes and soy sauce then mix everything together.
- Add the flour and toss to coat the vegetable and bread mixture. Add 1/2 cup vegetable broth and mix.
- Add cream cheese and stir over low to medium heat until the cheese has melted and formed a sauce with the broth.
- Place the filling into the par-cooked peppers and top each half with 1 slice of Mozzarella cheese.
- Place the peppers back into the oven and let cook for 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and the peppers have softened.
- Stale bread works wonders in this recipe so make this to use up any old bread and reduce food waste.
- Feel free to add in some beefless strips at the same time as the portobellos to add extra protein to this recipe.
- If you leave out the bread and add sliced bell peppers the filling mixture can be used in a hoagie roll to make a more classic vegetarian Philly cheesesteak.