Philly Cheese Steaks: The Ultimate Comfort Food

Indulge in the mouthwatering delight of a classic Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. Picture this: thin, juicy beef, sautéed onions, and melty cheese, all nestled in a perfectly toasted hoagie roll. It’s the epitome of American comfort food, ideal for weeknight dinners and game nights alike.

The Iconic Philly Cheese Steak

The Philly Cheese Steak sandwich holds a special place in the hearts of Americans. However, the debate over what truly makes an authentic Philly cheesesteak rages on. Some insist on Cheez Whiz, while others prefer provolone or white American cheese. And while many recipes call for sautéed green bell peppers, that’s not considered a genuine addition.

In my quest to capture the essence of an original Philly Cheesesteak experience, I’ve researched extensively. Living on the West Coast, I aimed to bring an authentic taste of Philadelphia to my American Eats series. These sandwiches quickly became favorites, even if they may not be a carbon copy of the original. Plus, they made the perfect Super Bowl meal while cheering for the Eagles!

What’s not to love about thinly sliced ribeye steak, caramelized onions, and provolone cheese on a toasted hoagie roll? It’s a combination that’s hard to resist.

Crafting the Perfect Philly Cheese Steak

To create these mouthwatering sandwiches, a few key ingredients are essential:

  • Steak: Opt for a well-trimmed ribeye steak, sliced ultra-thin. Partially freezing the steak makes it easier to achieve those delicate slices. You can also find pre-sliced steak at your local butcher or grocery store.
  • Salt & Pepper: Coarse Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper enhance the flavors.
  • Onion: Use yellow onion for a savory touch.
  • Oil: Choose vegetable or canola oil for sautéing the onions.
  • Cheese: For that classic Philly Cheesesteak taste, go for mild provolone cheese, white American cheese, or melted Cheez Whiz.
  • Rolls: Slice open hoagie rolls to hold the luxurious fillings.
  • Butter: Salted butter is perfect for making garlic butter, adding a burst of flavor.
  • Garlic: Freshly minced garlic elevates the taste, but garlic powder also works in a pinch.
  • Mayonnaise: Opt for full-fat mayo for the creamiest texture, though low-fat mayo works too.
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Now, let’s dive into the steps to create these delectable sandwiches.

How to Make Your Own Philly Cheese Steak

  1. Freeze and slice the steak: Firm up the steak in the freezer for 30 minutes. Slice it as thinly as possible and season with salt and pepper.
  2. Sauté the onions: Chop the onions and sauté them in oil until slightly caramelized. Set them aside.
  3. Cook the steak: In the same pan used for the onions, cook the steak until nicely seared. Flip the slices over to finish cooking.
  4. Add the onions: Combine the sautéed onions with the steak in the pan.
  5. Melt the cheese: Divide the meat and onions into four portions in the pan. Top each portion with two slices of provolone cheese and turn off the heat.
  6. Prepare the garlic butter: Mix softened butter and minced garlic, then spread the mixture on the cut sides of the hoagie rolls. Toast the rolls on a griddle until golden brown.
  7. Assemble the sandwiches: Carefully split the hoagie rolls lengthwise, spread a thin layer of mayo on each side, and place a portion of the meat, onions, and cheese on one side. Use a spatula to flip the meat onto the roll and create your perfect Philly cheese steak masterpiece. Serve immediately.

Tips for Success

  • For the thinnest slices, partially freeze the steak before cutting.
  • To save time, consider using pre-made garlic butter, pre-sliced beef, or pre-sliced cheese.

Substitutions and Variations

While the traditional Philly Cheesesteak recipe is a delight on its own, feel free to experiment with the following substitutions and variations:

  • Cheese: Try Mozzarella or Monterey Jack cheese instead of provolone for a different flavor profile.
  • Bell Peppers: Although not a traditional addition, you can sauté sliced green bell peppers with the onions for an extra burst of flavor.
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More Delicious Sandwich Recipes

If you’re craving more sandwich goodness, check out these tantalizing recipes:

  • Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich
  • Classic Reuben Sandwich
  • Leftover Prime Rib Sandwich
  • Crispy Chicken Sandwich
  • Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Satisfy your cravings and take a bite of the ultimate comfort food – the classic Philly Cheese Steak. For more information about Hook’d Up Bar and Grill, visit their website here.