Rachael's Chipped Beef on Toast Upgrade: Philly Steak with Onions & Provolone Gravy

Creamy chipped beef on toast has an infamous reputation and a terrible nickname ("$#!* on a shingle"), but shaved beef in creamy gravy is crazy good, especially if you add cheese.
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philly steak with onions and provolone gravy

Recipe by Rachael Ray

Start to Finish: 30 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • 1 large or 2 medium onions, chopped

  • Salt

  • A sprinkle of sugar

  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock

  • 1 tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. butter

  • 1 tbsp. plus 1 1/2 tsp. flour

  • 2 tbsp. white wine

  • 1/2 cup whole milk

  • Black and white pepper

  • About 1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

  • 1/2 tsp. granulated garlic

  • High-heat cooking oil (such as canola or grapeseed)

  • 1 lb. boneless rib eye steak, very thinly sliced

  • 1 cup shredded sharp provolone

  • 4 sub or hoagie rolls (each 10 to 12 inches long)

  • Chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, for serving


1. In a small to medium skillet, heat the oil, two turns of the pan, over medium. Add the onion; season with salt and a sprinkle of sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion softens, 12 to 15 minutes. Add 1 cup stock. Raise heat to medium-high and cook, stirring often, until the liquid absorbs into the onion, about 5 minutes.

2. Heat a large cast-iron griddle or skillet over high.

3. In a small saucepan with a lid, melt the butter over medium to medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour. Cook, whisking often, until the flour is absorbed, about 1 minute. Add the wine, then the remaining 1/2 cup stock. Cook, stirring often, until the sauce thickens a bit, about 1 minute. Whisk in the milk and bring to a simmer; season with salt, black pepper, and white pepper. Whisk in the Worcestershire and granulated garlic. Reduce heat to low and cover to keep the gravy hot.

4. Fill a squeeze bottle with high-heat oil (or hold a finger over the opening of the oil bottle to slow the pour). Drizzle the griddle with some oil. Scatter a few slices of steak on the griddle; season. Working in batches, cook, turning and chopping the steak with the side of a metal spatula, until crisp and brown, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer the steak to a plate.

5. Add the cheese to the gravy and stir in a figure eight motion until the cheese melts, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Pile the steak onto the rolls. Top with the onion, cheese gravy, and parsley.