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Cheap College Cuisine


Written by Sarah Joseph

Midterms are upon us! And with midterms, we often need some self-care. Self-care includes treating yourself, especially with some comfort food.

This week I will be giving you the recipe to my favorite steak sandwich, a little treat for all of you for the coming midterm week.   (If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, apologies!) This is not to be confused with a Philly Cheesesteak. I am not from Philadelphia, cheese is completely optional, and this is on top of garlic bread. 


Defrost steak ahead of time. For vegetables chop to your preference. I typically do julienne for peppers and diced for onions.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Once ready place bread in oven right on the rack and let toast for 12-15 minutes.

1.5 Take Steak and season (to taste) on one side with Cayenne, Sea salt, and Black Peppercorn.

  1. Place onions and peppers in a pre-heated pen. Cook for a minute or two before adding steak. Stir fry steak cooks quickly so leave on each side for about a minute.
  2. Once the bread is done let sit for a minute before adding all other ingredients.
  3. Cut in half, fourths, eighths, however much you want. Enjoy!!

*If you have leftovers wrap sandwich in plastic wrap, then in aluminum foil.


Stir Fry Steak 1lb-2lb:

Walmart – $7.99/lb average

Kroger – $4.99/lb

Yellow Onions:

Walmart – $0.78/lb

Kroger – 1.29/lb

Green Peppers:

Walmart – $0.72

Kroger – $0.89


*Cayenne (Ground, Organic):

Walmart – $3.98

Kroger – $3.79

*Sea Salt (McCormick):

Walmart – $4.08

Kroger – $3.19

*Black Peppercorn (McCormick):

Walmart – $4.08

Kroger – $3.19

Garlic Bread Loaf:

Walmart – $2.00

Kroger – $2.29

Cheese price varies depending on the type you prefer.

*Purchase could be for future usage so is more of a one-time cost