My MASSIVE Donkey’s Place Cheesesteak Sandwich! Here’s The Recipe And What I Made!

“The best cheese steak in the area might well come from New Jersey.”

– Anthony Bourdain

Those seem like fighting words, but there is no doubt that iconic Philly cheesesteaks have some delicious competition from the next state over!

Welcome To Donkeys Place!

Welcome to Camden, New Jersey – home of the Cheesesteak Sandwich that Bourdain waxed so poetically about – this great restaurant /bar has gained a reputation for making a Philly cheesesteak that can stand up to the best of them – and it was time for me to see for myself!

Time To Make It Myself!

My son shipped me the ingredients and instructions for me to make my own Donkey’s Place Cheesesteak for Father’s Day – what a great surprise!

Thanks to Goldbelly for making all of these regional treats available across the country! The kit arrives packed with ice bags to stay fresh – and with easy to follow instructions: so let’s get cooking!

Here’s what you unpack for your cooking adventure: individually portions meat, plus a big block of pre-sliced cheese, grilled onions, kaiser rolls and sweet peppers!

Yes, the Kaiser Rolls are MASSIVE!

It was time to heat up the onions and steak in a frying pan:

After bringing these incredible smelling ingredients back to life, it was time to add some cheese!

I also put the Kaiser Roll in the microwave with a slice of cheese on the bottom to give the Roll a bit of warmth – you could do it in the oven of course as well:

After letting the cheese melt a bit, it’s time to assemble the burger – oh, and they give you LOTS of cheese, so you can load it up even more!

(Confession: I did just that on my next one!)

My Donkey’s Place Cheesesteak!

These are so easy to make, and it smells so good when you are cooking it. Once it’s ready, you just assemble!

And there it is: piled high with goodness! And just how big was it?

Yes, it’s a BIG sandwich!

The roll is soft inside with just a hint of crustiness – the meal is rich with flavor and the onions are incredible – the highlight of the sandwich. The cheese gives it a melty goodness and while I don’t usually eat sweet peppers, they added a really nice kick!

Thanks so much to my son for making my Father’s Day so deliciously special – but I also was treated like a King by my daughter, who sent me “Girl And The Goat” Kalbi Ribs with Grilled Shrimp and Blistered Shishito Peppers!

More Father’s Day Deliciousness!

Another incredible feast, thanks to Jessica!

Again, Goldbelly shipped Chef Stephanie Izard’s Chicago-based food to me and it was delicious!

And as for the Cheesesteak – it took me back to Atlantic City for a fond memory:

My Cheeseburger Sub!

It reminded me that I had a “Cheeseburger Submarine Sandwich” at the iconic White House in Atlantic City – click here for the recipe and more about this incredible restaurant!

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25 replies

  1. That cheesesteak looks soooo good! Making me hungry!!

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  2. Wow-what great fathers day treats your kids know you well, John..those rolls look good I love poppy seeds 🙂

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  3. Great post! What a cool Father’s Day gift! That’s one of the most creative ideas I’ve seen. Nice work, it looks absolutely delicious.

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  4. That’s a whole day’s food in one delicious-looking ‘burger’, John. I’m not so fond of poppy seed rolls, but I would definitely have joined you for one of those. And what your daughter sent looks so tasty too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  5. Haha, John, your children know you well. This burger looks amazing. Quite innovative to send the ingredients like this.

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  6. I’m giggling at your expression 🤣

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  7. I love poppy seed kaiser rolls. Looks delish. And about 2,000 calories! Can you eat it all in one sitting, John?

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    • Cindy, it was the roll that was a bit too much to finish – the portioned meat and onion were not so big…it was a meal on a plate, that’s for sure – and it was delicious! Thanks for commenting, always great to hear from you!



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