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  • 1 cup drained giardinera (hot pickled vegetables)
  • 2 pounds hanger steak, vein removed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 large red field pepper or bell peppers, seeded, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 large green bell pepper or 2 cubanelle peppers, seeded, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled, quartered lengthwise and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon (about 1/3 palmful) granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon (about 1/3 palmful) granulated onion
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt and white pepper, to taste
  • 2 1/2 cups (12 ounces) grated mild to medium Provolone
  • 4 Italian hoagie rolls (gristedes), lightly toasted


Serves: 4


In a food processor, chop giardiniera into a fine relish; transfer to a bowl.
Freeze the meat for 5 minutes to make it easier to slice.

Heat a tablespoon of oil in large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, a turn of the pan. Add the peppers, onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper, cook to tender, 10-12 minutes. Add stock to keep them moist.
For sauce, melt the butter over moderate heat in a saucepot. Add flour, granulated garlic and onion, and whisk in milk. Thicken sauce, season with salt and white pepper and stir in the provolone to melt. Turn heat to warm/low.
Heat large, cast-iron pan or griddle over medium-high to high heat. Very thinly slice the steak on a bias against grain. Drizzle meat with olive oil and flash grill it in small batches to crisp at edges and cooked through.   
Assemble hoagies: In the toasted rolls, place giardiniera relish, meat, provolone sauce, peppers and onions.