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Steak and Cheese Ciabatta Bread

Steak and Cheese Ciabatta Bread...Hearty ciabatta bread smeared with a tart and slightly spicy spread, piled with savory, flavorful flank steak cooked to perfection, covered with caramelized onions and sweet red bell peppers, then smothered with delicious melty provolone cheese...how can you go wrong here!
Author: Diana Butterfield

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf Ciabatta
  • 2 lbs Flank Steak
  • 16 oz provolone cheese sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 2 medium onions
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper

For the Spicy Parmesan Spread

  • ¾ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp mustard
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions

  • Liberally salt and pepper the steaks and allow to sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes - 1 hour.  While steaks are sitting out, prep your veggies and spicy parmesan spread.
  • Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Slice peppers and onions into strips. Add olive oil to skillet and cook peppers and onions until soft and caramelized.
  • To make the spicy parmesan spread combine the mayonnaise, mustard, parmesan cheese, cayenne and whisk together until well combined.
  • Slice the ciabatta loaf in half long ways and coat each side with the spicy parmesan spread. Cover the bread with half of the provolone cheese. Place the cheese covered bread on a sheet pan.
  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Heat griddle over medium high heat. When hot, cook steaks 4-7 minutes per side depending on the size of your steaks and how you like your steaks prepared. Use an instant read thermometer to check for your desired doneness. I took them off at about 130° degrees which is on the rare side, but the steak will cook a little longer in the oven. Remove from the steaks from the griddle and allow to rest.
  • While the steaks are resting put the ciabatta bread covered with spread and provolone in the oven until the bread is warm and the cheese is melting, about 5 minutes.
  • Slice the steak into thin slices, against the grain. Cut the slices into bite sized pieces and place on top of the cheesy ciabatta bread. Cover the steak with peppers and onions and then top with the remaining cheese.
  • Place the steak and cheese ciabatta breads in the oven until the cheese is melted and getting brown, bubbly, and delicious.  Turn on the broiler for a minute if you like your cheese extra browned.

Notes

If the weather is nice, cook those steaks on the grill!