Award-winning chef. Successful restaurateur. Iron Chef judge. Social media star. Donatella Arpaia has done it all. Still her favorite thing to do is working in the kitchen, creating inspiring dishes using the freshest, most authentic ingredients—including Galbani® cheese. Explore her latest menu ideas and learn tricks of the trade from this inspirational entrepreneur.



1 lb. Flank steak
3 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar
2 Garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. Coarsely ground black pepper
1 tsp. Kosher salt
  Vegetable oil to oil grill grate
1 Large onion, sliced
1 Red pepper, quartered
1 Yellow pepper, quartered
4 slices Ciabatta bread
4 slices Galbani Bel Paese cheese
  Extra virgin olive oil for vegetables and ciabatta
  Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste



  1. In a large plastic resealable bag, combine flank steak, 3 tablespoons olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic cloves. Seal and refrigerate for at least 6 hours.
  2. Remove flank steak from marinade, pat dry, and rub with a teaspoon of coarsely ground black pepper and a teaspoon of kosher salt.

  3. Preheat grill to medium-high heat, oil grate well with vegetable oil.

  4. Grill flank steak for about 12 minutes, turning once, until medium rare.

  5. Transfer steak to cutting board and tent with foil to rest for at least ten minutes.

  6. In a bowl, drizzle onions and peppers with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Coat well, then grill. Remove when onions are caramelized, and grill marks appear on the peppers. Set aside in a large bowl.

  7. Brush ciabatta slices with olive oil and toast, cut side down, until grill-marked. Flip over to other side for another minute and remove.

  8. Un-tent and slice steak thinly against the grain.

  9. Toss steak slices, caramelized onions, and grilled peppers together. Top each slice of ciabatta evenly with the mixture. Then, place a slice of Bel Paese cheese on each, creating four open-faced sandwiches.

  10. Place open-faced sandwiches back on grill on low heat and cover for 30 seconds, until Bel Paese cheese is melted.

  11. Remove from grill and serve.



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