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The Most Delicious Philly Cheesesteak Recipe Ever

Published
January 05, 2024

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The Most Delicious Philly Cheesesteak Recipe Ever
  • Prep Time

    15 minutes

  • Cook Time

    20 minutes

  • Total Time

    35 minutes

  • Yield

    4 servings

Philly Cheesesteak enthusiasts rejoice! Prepare yourself for the ultimate culinary journey as we dive into the secrets of creating the most delicious Philly Cheesesteak ever. 

This iconic sandwich, rooted in the heart of Philadelphia, has captivated the taste buds of millions across generations, making it a beloved classic that continues to hold a special place in our hearts and on our plates.

There's something truly special about sinking your teeth into a perfectly crafted Philly Cheesesteak. Bursting with flavor, the combination of thinly sliced, juicy beef, caramelized onions, sautéed veggies, and melty cheese on a toasted hoagie roll is simply irresistible. But what about this sandwich has people lining up for a taste?

Let’s head to the grocery store and explore the fascinating history behind creating the best cheesesteak, the factors contributing to its unparalleled popularity, and essential tips for taking your homemade version to the next level. So, get ready to savor every bite and discover the secrets behind the authentic Philly Cheesesteak.

 

The History of the Philly Cheesesteak

The Philly Cheesesteak has a rich history intertwined with the vibrant culture of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It all began in the 1930s when Pat and Harry Olivieri, brothers and hot dog vendors in South Philadelphia, decided to diversify their offerings. One day, Pat grilled some thinly sliced beef, piled it on an Italian roll, and topped it with grilled onions. Little did they know that this simple creation would become a legendary culinary icon.

Word quickly spread about the deliciousness emanating from Pat's modest food cart. Soon, locals couldn't resist the mouthwatering aroma and flavors of the cheesesteak. What started as a local favorite among blue-collar workers soon gained popularity across the city, and the Philly Cheesesteak became a symbol of Philadelphia's culinary scene. 

Today, you can find countless eateries throughout the city devoted to perfecting this revered sandwich.

Beyond its origins, the Philly Cheesesteak embodies the spirit and culture of Philadelphia. It has become integral to the city's identity, proudly symbolizing its vibrant culinary scene and passionate food culture. From local mom-and-pop shops to world-renowned establishments, the city takes great pride in serving this delectable delight to locals and visitors alike.

What Makes People Love the Philly Cheesesteak?

What's the secret behind the enduring devotion to the Philly Cheesesteak? It's all about a delicious combination of flavors and textures that dance on your palate with each bite. Thinly sliced, tender beef, commonly ribeye or sirloin, is cooked to perfection, exuding savory aromas that are hard to resist.

But it's the combination of ingredients that truly sets this sandwich apart. Caramelized onions add a touch of sweetness and depth, complementing the rich flavors of the meat. For those seeking an extra burst of flavor, sautéed vegetables like green bell peppers can lend a pleasant crunch and a hint of bitterness.

Of course, we can't forget the molten cheese that brings it all together. The choice of cheese is a matter of personal preference, but some popular options include Provolone cheese or the iconic Cheez Whiz for a truly authentic experience. The melty layers of cheese, full of calcium, envelope the meat and vegetables, creating a luscious and indulgent filling that begs for every bite to be savored.

This perfect balance of savory beef, caramelized onions, sautéed veggies, and molten cheese leaves a lasting impression on the taste buds. The resulting balance of delicious flavors is a testament to the careful craftsmanship and dedication that goes into creating the quintessential Philly Cheesesteak.

Tips for Making an Extra Delicious Philly Cheesesteak

Creating an extraordinary Philly Cheesesteak in your own kitchen is an art, and we're here to guide you every step of the way. Follow these expert tips to take your homemade creation from great to jaw-droppingly delicious.

First and foremost, choosing the right cut of beef is important. Opt for ribeye or sirloin, both known for their tenderness and rich flavor. Slice the meat thinly to ensure even cooking and a delightful texture that melts in your mouth.

Seasoning is key, so sprinkle kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder on the beef for a perfect savory taste. But let's not forget about the star of the show — the caramelized onions. Sauté them separately until golden brown, unlocking their natural sweetness and creating layers of flavor that will elevate your sandwich.

Your best friend for cooking the steak is a large skillet or griddle on medium-high heat. Watch as it sizzles and tantalizes your senses, providing mouth-watering aromas of perfectly grilled beef. Toast the hoagie rolls until lightly crispy, an important step that balances the textures of the sandwich.

While tradition often includes Cheese Whiz, explore other melty options like Provolone or White American cheese for a delightful twist. The choice of cheese can elevate your cheesesteak to new heights, so don't be afraid to experiment.

And, for an authentic touch, consider adding sautéed green bell peppers to enhance the flavor profile and introduce a pleasant crunch. Remember, the art of making an exceptional Philly Cheesesteak is all about finding the right balance of flavors and textures that make each bite a transcendent experience.

The Recipe: How to Make the Best Philly Cheesesteak

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Now that you know the secrets and have gathered your ingredients, it's time to unleash your inner culinary maestro and create the best Philly Cheesesteak you've ever sunk your teeth into. Get ready for a taste sensation that will transport you straight to the bustling streets of Philadelphia.

Ingredients:

  • Thinly sliced ribeye steak or sirloin
  • Hoagie rolls (look for authentic Amoroso rolls if possible)
  • Yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • Optional: Green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • Slices of Provolone or White American cheese
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder for seasoning

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Directions:

  1. Preheat a large cast iron skillet or griddle on medium-high heat and add a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Sauté the onions until they caramelize, turning golden brown and releasing their sweet aromas.
  3. Thinly slice steak with a sharp knife and sauté in the same skillet until it browns and is thoroughly cooked. Season with kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder for maximum flavor.
  4. If desired, add thinly sliced green bell peppers and sauté them for a few minutes to incorporate an extra dimension of taste.
  5. Place slices of Provolone or White American cheese on top of the cooked meat and let them melt, creating a gooey blanket of cheesy goodness.
  6. Toast the buns or French bread until they reach perfect crispiness.
  7. Assemble your masterpiece: Layer the thin slices of beef, sautéed onions, and peppers onto the hoagie rolls.
  8. Optionally, add condiments like ketchup or steak sauce for an extra kick of flavor.
  9. Serve your Philly Cheesesteak hot and savor every delectable bite.

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The Takeaway

Armed with these insider tips and an incredible recipe, you're well on your way to enjoying the most delicious Philly Cheesesteak you've ever experienced. The journey from Pat and Harry Olivieri's humble beginnings to your kitchen is a testament to the enduring pull of this iconic sandwich.

If you’re ready to unlock the flavors of tender beef, caramelized onions, savory veggies, and melted cheese to make Philly Cheesesteaks your family won’t forget, our recipe will get you there! So, gather your ingredients, fire up the skillet, and get ready to take on the challenge of creating the best Philly Cheesesteak you've ever had. 

Check out our blog posts to get your hands on some more of our delectable new recipes.

 

Sources:

Does A Philly Cheesesteak Need to Have Whiz? The Truth Behind the Myth | MSN

I Love My Job: Pat’s Steaks Owner Frank Olivieri | Philly Mag

How to Caramelize Onions (And Why You Should) | The Nourishing Gourmet

The Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Perfect Meat for Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches | Lahinch Tavern and Grill

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