This Cheesesteak Panini Recipe is made with San Luis Sourdough bread offering the taste and texture we all love in a classic sourdough bread. San Luis Sourdough breads are locally made which we love, and their slow baking process produces a taste and texture that truly defines Sourdough.
A cheesesteak sandwich is great without doing anything extra to make it better. The flavor of the steak with the bell peppers and cheese is just heavenly. However, there is a way to make a different cheesesteak sandwich that is equally as good.
Some may even say that by making the best cheesesteak panini recipe is even better than the original. My family and I fall into the latter and even prefer a panini.
Ingredients for Cheesesteak Panini Recipe
Some people aren’t fans of sourdough bread but after trying this recipe, sourdough bread gets a whole new taste. The rib eye steak and fresh cut veggies like bell peppers and mushrooms make for one out-of-this-world panini. The salt and the pepper, the cheese and the butter all add flavor.
But the stars of this show will always be the rib eye steak and the sourdough bread.
Bread for Paninis
Named for one of our favorites coastal California towns – San Luis Obispo, San Luis Sourdough bread has quickly become a favorite because of its authentic sourdough flavor & bubbling crusts. They were founded in 1983 by two artisan bakers, and I adore that the true artisan baking process always remains for their bread.
Every San Luis sourdough bread is hand-formed, scored, and takes two full days to create. Baked with simple ingredients and no preservatives, San Luis Sourdough bread have always been a favorite for our family. Some San Luis Sourdough bread are also Non-GMO Project Verified which you can learn more about on their Facebook page.
Cheesesteak Panini Recipe Directions
Prepare and cut vegetables.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 10” to 12” skillet to medium heat.
Add onion and green bell pepper and cook until they begin to soften, then add the mushrooms.
Season with salt and pepper and allow them to caramelize while continuing to stir.
Once they are cooked remove from the pan and set aside. Do not clean pan so you can keep the seasoning.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil to same pan to medium high heat. Add thinly sliced steak to pan, season with salt & pepper and let sit for about 4 to 5 minutes before stirring so the meat can brown.
After 4 to 5 minutes begin to stir and cook until fully cooked about 1 to 2 more minutes.
Once the meat is cooked, drain grease from pan into strainer and then return the meat, onions, bell pepper and mushrooms back to pan and stir to mix.
Heat up panini press.
Butter the outside of the San Luis Sourdough bread and lay butter side down on panini press.
Add meat mixture and 2 slices of white American cheese over top the meat.
Add 2nd slice of sourdough bread to top of cheese with butter side facing out and close press gently so the sandwich presses together.
Cook for a few minutes until the cheese is soft and the bread is a crispy golden brown color.
Remove from press and enjoy!
- 1 loaf San Luis Sourdough bread
- 2 lbs skirt steak or rib eye steak thinly sliced
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil or canola oil
- 1 green bell pepper cut into thin bite strips
- 1 medium brown onion cut into thin bite strips
- 8 medium cremini or button mushrooms thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp pepper
- 8 slices white American cheese
- Prepare and cut vegetables.
- Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 10” to 12” skillet to medium heat.
- Add onion and green bell pepper and cook until they begin to soften, then add the mushrooms.
- Season with salt and pepper and allow them to caramelize while continuing to stir.
- Once they are cooked remove from the pan and set aside. Do not clean pan so you can keep the seasoning.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of oil to the same pan to medium high heat. Add thinly sliced steak to pan, season with salt & pepper and let sit for about 4 to 5 minutes before stirring so the meat can brown.
- After 4 to 5 minutes begin to stir and cook until fully cooked about 1 to 2 more minutes.
- Once the meat is cooked, drain grease from the pan into a strainer and then return the meat, onions, bell pepper and mushrooms back to pan and stir to mix.
- Heat up panini press.
- Butter the outside of the San Luis Sourdough bread and lay butter side down on panini press.
- Add meat mixture and 2 slices of white American cheese over top the meat.
- Add the 2nd slice of sourdough bread to the top of cheese with butter side facing out and close press gently so the sandwich presses together.
- Cook for a few minutes until the cheese is soft and the bread is a crispy golden brown color.
- Remove from press and enjoy!
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valmg @ Mom Knows It All says
I do love a good panini! There is something just perfect about the combination of the pressed bread, melty cheese and tasty meats all put together that is so much better than most regular sandwiches.
Vera Sweeney says
Oh my gosh this panini looks so good!! I love making panini’s for lunch in the winter time and the weather is gloomy.
Amy Barseghian says
Hey girl! Thanks for stopping in! Yes it is amazing and perfect for chilly days! XO!
That sourdough brand is probably my favorite. And I love paninis. I make this delicious grilled veggie and cheese one that is to die for!
Rebecca B. says
We love making paninis too! Nothing better than a good ooey gooey cheesy sandwich!
Ohh these paninis look so tasty…can’t wait to give your recipe a try!
Sarah Halstead says
Yumm, I love cheesesteaks! I need this in my life right now, just hold the mushrooms.
Bonnie @wemake7 says
Oh my! That looks soo good. The only paninis I have ever had was ones that were in the freezer section. Your recipe is awesome.
Thank you for the recipe and the instructions for how to make this cheesesteak panini recipe. I would love to try the sourdough bread from Saint-Louis Obispo.
I would love to try this cheesesteak panini recipe. Thank you for the instructions on how to make it. The sourdough bread from San Louis Obispo sounds amazing.
This looks like the perfect lunch for my family. We are always on the go but try to avoid fast food so this looks like a quick and yummy meal option.
Terri Beavers says
Sourdough bread is our favorite bread. I’ll have to try your recipe soon because it looks amazingly tasty.
Those paninis look great! Sometimes I fail to try new things because I think they look hard, this looks delicious and easy!
Yum. I haven’t had a panini in so long, this looks so delicious! I will have to give it a try!
Omg can we say yum?!?! I just love anything cheese steak! I will have to give this a try!
Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy says
Sourdough bread is my absolute favorite. I just love the flavor. I usually make a piece of toast with it every morning.
Amy Barseghian says
Me too! Love it with avocado and tomato!
San Louis Obispo is such a gorgeous town, it’s no wonder they have delicious artisan bread. I adore sourdough. Yummy!
Another sourdough fan here! I just love using it for panini’s and toast. Cheese tomato and onion is my favorite.
Peachy A. says
My husband loves sandwiches especially with meat in it. This easy Panini recipe looks like something he would love to eat it has meat and veggies too.