Philly Cheesesteak Monkey Bread
Packed with juicy steak, sauteed peppers + onions and two types of cheese, this Philly Cheesesteak Monkey Bread is one delicious way to mix up the routine!
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We always have a lot of food around our house. That’s no surprise, right? I love to cook and bake, and I often tinker with a recipe several times before I post it here on the blog. Normally the extra food isn’t much of a problem. In the summer months, Laura would just take the extras to the breakroom at her office. An hour later, it would look like a pack of starving wolves rampaged through the breakroom. In the winter, I would take leftovers to the curling club. I’d walk in with a container of food, and I’d leave later that evening with an empty container. Problem solved!
However, due to the pandemic this year, I haven’t had an easy way of sharing the extra food in our house. Laura has been working from home, and our curling season is in jeopardy. Enter the neighbors two doors down from us. They’ve got 2 kids close to Robbie’s age, and we hit it off with them immediately when we moved into this house. On a typical day, the kids can be found swimming in their pool or running laps around our backyard. They’ve also stepped up and helped us anytime we have leftover food.
Everyone’s lives have been changed this year. Whether you’re working from home more, homeschooling your kids or limiting vacations, we’ve all stayed much closer to home the past six months. I joke that it’s no secret where I am – I’m always at home. Always. One of the things that we changed early on was switching our grocery trips to once every two weeks instead of once a week. I also started leaving Robbie at home for the grocery trips. (Regular readers might remember that one of my favorite weekly tasks is doing the grocery run with Robbie.)
As a result of the limited trips to the store, we fell into a routine with the neighbors where we’d text each other before going to the store. “Do you need any groceries? I’m about to make a run.” “If you see any pasta, will you grab it. Doesn’t matter what kind.” One week, we asked them to pick up a couple of bananas for us. In an effort to minimize contact, they left those bananas in our mailbox and sent us a text about the dropoff.
About 20 minutes later, Laura headed down to the mailbox to get the bananas. Except there was one problem – no bananas. The mail was there, but no bananas. It took a minute, but then we realized that the mailman took our bananas. Yup, that happened! We laughed until we cried for like 30 minutes. I can’t imagine what the mailman thought. I mean maybe he thought we were leaving him a thank you present? I have no idea. Or maybe he mailed those bananas to Timbuktu. He probably thinks we are the strangest family on the block for leaving bananas in our mailbox!
Philly Cheesesteak Monkey Bread
Needless to say, we stopped leaving food for each other in our respective mailboxes. So how does that story tie to this Philly Cheesesteak Monkey Bread? Well after taking these photos, I sliced the bread down the middle and took half of it down to the neighbors. An entire loaf of this monkey bread would’ve taken us days to eat! And for the record, I left the plate of this monkey bread on the table in their backyard. I didn’t need the mailman taking it, too! (Although to be fair, the mailman probably would’ve been much happier with this Philly Cheesesteak Monkey Bread than he was with two bananas!)
Earlier this year, I posted a recipe for Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread. That recipe is delicious, and it’s been quite a popular recipe here on the blog. I got to thinking recently, and I realized that it might be fun to make that recipe again…but with a Philly cheesesteak twist this time. It didn’t take long before that thought became a reality!
This Philly Cheesesteak Monkey Bread is really quite easy to make, too. Canned biscuits provide the base, and the fun stuff comes in the form of cubed steak, sauteed peppers + onions and cheese. In fact, I used 2 types of cheese in this monkey bread. I went with a combination of Cabot’s Seriously Sharp cheddar cheese as well Cabot’s Pepper Jack cheese. These two cheeses rank among my all-time favorites, and they play together quite well in this monkey bread recipe!
The sharp cheddar combined with the spiciness of the pepper jack is one heck of a delicious combination. I will say that Cabot’s Pepper Jack does bring a bit of heat. I personally find it to be the perfect amount, though. The spice is notable, but it’s not out of control. However, if you’re sensitive to spicy foods, then Cabot’s Monterey Jack would be an excellent substitute here. In fact, their Monterey Jack won 1st place at the World Championship Cheese Contest a couple of years ago. Yeah, it’s good. And then add steak + peppers + onion? You’re in for a real treat, my friends!
I hope you enjoy this Philly Cheesesteak Monkey Bread as much as we did. I don’t know what our mailman thinks about this monkey bread, but I do know that the neighbors gave it high reviews! Happy baking!
Did you make this Philly Cheesesteak Monkey Bread at home? Leave a comment, or snap a picture and tag me (@Spicedblog) and Cabot (@CabotCheese) on Instagram. We’d love to see your version!!
Philly Cheesesteak Monkey Bread
For the Steak
- 16 oz. top sirloin steak
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 small yellow onion thinly sliced
- 1 red bell pepper thinly sliced
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp dried oregano
- ½ tsp smoked paprika
For the Monkey Bread
- 2 16-oz. cans jumbo refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
- 1 cup shredded Cabot Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese
- 1 cup shredded Cabot Pepper Jack cheese
- ½ cup chopped green onions
- ¼ cup olive oil
For the Steak
- Using a large frying pan (preferably cast iron), add oil and place over medium-high. Once hot, sear steak(s) 2-3 minutes per side to develop a deep brown crust; transfer to cutting board.
- Reduce heat to medium and add onion and bell pepper, stirring often until slightly soft and browned on edges, about 6-8 minutes; transfer to a large mixing bowl.
- Slice steak into ½” cubes; place steak into bowl with peppers and onions. Add salt, black pepper, oregano and smoked paprika; stir until well combined.
For the Monkey Bread
- Preheat oven to 350°F.
- Open biscuit cans and cut each biscuit into 4 quarters; place dough in bowl with other ingredients.
- Add cheeses, green onions and olive oil; toss until well combined.
- Spray a bundt or tube pan generously with nonstick baking spray. Transfer biscuit mixture into prepared pan.
- Bake for 30 minutes. Tent the top of the pan with foil (to prevent burning) and continue baking for 25-30 more minutes.
- Let cool in pan for at least 10 minutes before serving.
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Bacon Cheeseburger Monkey Bread
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Oh my goodness! I sure hope the mailman loves bananas! I’m sure your neighbors loved this monkey bread! It’s filled with all my favorites and I’m always into any kind of bread! Lucky neighbors to be the recipients of all your amazing food!
I guess that mailman did indeed like bananas – I have no idea! All I know is he took Robbie’s bananas. (Robbie didn’t find this scenario as funny as we did, though.) Either way, I can definitely say this monkey bread gets two thumbs up from us. Steak + peppers + cheesy bread? Yes, please! 🙂
We’ve developed a similar relationship with our neighbors – one good thing to come out of this crazy year!! I can only imagine what your mailman thought, lol!!
This savory monkey bread looks so good, David. What a fun riff on a classic sandwich.
Exactly! This has been a crazy year indeed, but there have been some silver linings. Laura and I get to have our morning coffee together each day, and that’s been quite fun. However, the Case of the Missing Bananas was a bit confusing – and it did add some comic relief to the whole crazy year we’ve been having. And, yes, this monkey bread is a fun twist on the classic sandwich – I mean you can’t go wrong with steak + peppers + cheesy bread, right?? 🙂
This is pretty cool! Love the idea.
Thank you so much, Traci! This is indeed a tasty – and fun – recipe. 🙂
Anytime you need help getting rid of delicious things, just give me a shout! This looks pretty damn good.
Haha! Thank you, kind sir! I’ll leave some in your mailbox. 🙂
That is hysterical! If our crazy mail lady found bananas in our mail box she would have purposely run into the mailbox with her car. (It’s always good to have a camera pointed on your mailbox.) Anyway, this bread sounds fun!
I’m pretty sure your mail lady is the one we had from our old house – she was nuts! I can totally see her running over our mailbox because of the bananas! (Our neighbors once put fliers in mailboxes for folks on the street when they tried to start a neighborhood happy hour. She went along and collected all of the fliers and left them on our neighbors front porch – seriously!?) Either way, this bread is indeed quite tasty! Thanks, Mimi!
this looks so fabulously delicious david. funny how i was just mentioning philly steak the other day?:) Yummo to this dish.
I think that’s the universe telling you to make something philly cheesesteak! Haha. Thanks, Sherry!
Seriously laughing out loud over here over the mailman taking the bananas!! Maybe he thought it was a gift? Whatever it was, hilarious!! This savoury monkey bread is genius, David! A meal in itself! Great for weekend eats or game day…or just a random Monday 😉 Hope you have a wonderful week ahead 🙂
Oh man, that mailman. I want my bananas back! 🙂 At least he didn’t try to take my cheesy monkey bread!
First off, this Philly cheesesteak monkey bread is a fabulous idea – and I am absolutely drooling over these photos and flavours! Philly cheesesteak is definitely one of my favourite American specialties and I miss having it while roadtripping across the US! It would be fun to recreate those flavours here. Secondly, what a fab arrangement you have going on with the neighbours! Especially in these times – it’s so good to have someone on hand to help and to share with. We are back in the office so I am taking extra food to work now again – I am super happy (and so are my co-workers). And finally – I am not surprised you are not taking Robbie to the grocery shops. I’ve stopped taking the twins too, even though here it’s pretty low risk. No use risking anything though! All the best, David.
Philly cheesesteaks truly are delicious! I mean you can’t go wrong with steak+ peppers + cheese, right? You should totally make this at home!
As far as the grocery trips, I do look forward to the day I can take him again – he was always such a good helper in the store! 🙂 Hope you have a great week ahead, Katerina!
hahaha I am sure your mail man would have thought it was a gift for him. Thanksgiving came a little early 😉 Even we do the same for our neighbors, since we stay in an apartment we leave it on the door knob. The monkey bread looks full of flavors
Hah! I mean that whole thing was so strange. I guess he thought it was a gift – but who leaves bananas for the mailman!? Perhaps the doorknob would’ve been a better choice in hindsight. Oh well, at least he didn’t take my monkey bread! 🙂
David, your post brought back a memory or two and made me realize that we don’t have canned biscuits here. At least I’ve not seen them, nor have I ever seen biscuits served. I have to make them from scratch as we also don’t have a dry biscuit mix. But making a batch of scratch biscuits would be totally worth it to use in your Philly cheesesteak monkey bread.
I’m betting the mailman thought it was a gift. When I was young, we always put an envelope with a bit of cash in our mailbox at Christmas for our mailman.
Thanks for monkeying around with those biscuits…
You know, I do enjoy making (and eating) biscuits from scratch. Those truly are an American thing – and of course the canned versions are an American thing, too. However, I can say with 100% certainty that this monkey bread is worth a batch of homemade biscuit dough!
I hear ya with the Christmas present for the mailman – but it’s not Christmas yet. And bananas!?
We’re the opposite here David. Due to Lynne working from home, she works in the kitchen at the kitchen table (we’ve a small house) and therefore I’ve been able to make much less food. She’s often on conference calls most of the day so I need to stay well clear of the kitchen! That’s hilarious about those bananas being taken by your mailman!! You’re neighbours are very lucky. I’d be delighted too if I was living next door to you and able to share tasty delights like this cheesesteak monkey bread.
Ah! Laura has claimed the dining room as her office, so I still have the kitchen clear for all of my activities. The problem is we don’t have any coworkers to share food with – or curling teammates as the season is delayed for now. Either way, we enjoyed sharing this money bread with the neighbors! Now I just need to show up over there with some monkey bread – I could use a visit or two to some distilleries! 🙂
Ha, that’s actually an interesting though about sharing foods. For instance, we are not allowed to share foods in the office now, so I am already worried about the Christmas season. Who is going to eat all these cookies or whatever I will make? I want to share the joy, cookies, and extra pounds with other folks haha. Next, this story with bananas is hilarious. I have an idea. Maybe next time, when you or your neighbors need to leave anything in a mailbox, probably you should add a label with my address. Just for any case. If a post mail person accidently grabs the stuff, at least we would know it was not mailed to Timbuktu. And lastly, this Monkey bread looks and sounds fabulous. I am a huge fan of savoury things, you know that, and this variation is right up my alley. Don’t you need to put a slice of it in your mailbox to share with your neighbors? 🙂
I hear ya about sharing foods. Here it’s not so much ‘allowed’ or ‘not allowed’ but rather just no opportunity to share since Laura is working from home and curling season is delayed. Now as far as using your address for sharing food…would you really steal my bananas? Haha. I’m thinking I’ll drop a slice of this monkey bread into the mail to you – we’ll see if it ever arrives! 🙂
We did this as well to our neighbour who was an elderly lady, such a nice thing to do and a good way to put more effort in stop spreading this pandemic that changed our lives. I just wished I was your neighbor so I can ask if you can put that bread in my mailbox 🙂
Exactly! I can’t say we did it to help the elderly as our neighbors are about the same age as us – but at least it’s a fun way to spread a little cheer. 🙂 Well, except for the bananas…haha.
I’ll bet the mail carrier tells that story differently, about the nice people who left the bananas!
Haha – every story has two sides, right?