Can you believe that when I was on a high school trip to Philadelphia that I didn't have a Philly cheesesteak? I did run up the art gallery stairs ala Rocky, but no cheesesteak.
One day, I got right into making it. I did research on the internet, first for recipes and to watch them being made. Then I got caught up in all the youtube videos about one of the greatest rivalries in modern culinary history: Pat's vs Geno's. The first video shows the food being made better but try to ignore the guy in the black jacket.
or there's these guys that also interviewed the two owners. I love Rhett & Link:
So I was all jazzed to make my own. Granted, it wasn't going to be completely traditional, but it would be close.
WK FAKE PHILLY CHEESESTEAK
- thin sliced deli roast beef (should be rib eye thin sliced steak but I'm cheap)
- onion (diced)
- peppers (sliced) (green is traditional, I had red)
- cheese (provolone, cheeze whiz)
- hoagie loaf (toasted optional)
- Add onion and pepper to a hot skillet or frying pan with oil and cook until pepper is still crisp, and onion slightly golden
- Cut up roast beef strips into smaller pieces, then add to frying pan. Season with S&P.
- When roast beef is heated, add provolone (if using this cheese. If not, add cheese whiz to hoagie at this point)
- When cheese is melted, scoop mixture into hoagie
Provolone melting for one sandwich.
Doesn't that look all melty and soo good?
This one has Cheeze Whiz - I wanted to cover my bases.
WHAT COULD I HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY?: Well, it was a little blah for my liking. I ended up adding hot sauce to jazz it up. I liked the two cheeses equally so I would keep that. Green pepper might have given it a bit more bite than the sweet red. The bun was good. The biggest change I would make would be using actual thin sliced rib eye steak instead of roast beef. That's what really makes a cheesesteak - steak.
That's why I have to call this a Fake cheesesteak.