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Philly Cheesesteak Recipe

Updated on March 22, 2008

Pat's Restaurant in Philly

Pat's made the first Philly Cheesesteak recipe- without cheese.
Pat's made the first Philly Cheesesteak recipe- without cheese.

Geno's Restaurant in Philly

Home of the Philly cheesesteak recipe? I think not.
Home of the Philly cheesesteak recipe? I think not.

History of the Philly Cheesesteak Recipe

There is no doubt as to where the Philly cheesesteak recipe was created. The debate is which Philadelphia restaurant can claim credit. Two restaurants fight for the title to this day. They are located next to each other in South Philadelphia, Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks.

It is undisputed that Pat was the first one of the two to throw thin slices of steak onto an Italian roll around 1930. Geno's makes the claim to have been the first to add cheese to the legendary sandwich. And a Philly cheesesteak obviously isn't a cheesesteak without the cheese.

The popular version of the Philly cheesesteak sandwich uses Cheez Whiz brand cheese spread for the cheese on the sandwich. Pat claims to have come up with that idea. So, it probably really is a combination of the two restaurant owners' ingenuity that created the authentic Philly cheesesteak recipe.

Here is a classic Philly cheesesteak recipe for you to try. Be warned that a Philly cheesesteak isn't for the faint of heart; they are not low-fat or low calorie food by any means. The authentic Philly cheesesteak recipe isn't healthy or upscale gourmet food. But Philly cheesesteaks are definitely good eating.

How to Order a Cheesesteak - Pat's in Philly

Authentic Philly Cheesesteak Recipe from Pat's

Philly Cheesesteak Recipe - Makes 1 Philly Cheesesteak

1/4 pound very thinly sliced steak (rib eye is recommended)

1/4 cup onion, sliced or chopped

Cheez Whiz processed cheese spread or provolone cheese

Italian style roll

Saute the onions in a small amount of oil in a heavy skillet. Add the sliced steak when the onions are almost done. Cook the steak for about 5 minutes, or til it is how you like it.

Follow the instructions on the Cheez Whiz jar to heat it.

Toast the roll if you want, but the authentic Philly cheesesteak recipe doesn't.

Put the sauteed onions and sliced steak on the roll. Drizzle with heated Cheez Whiz or add a slice of provolone on top. (The heat from the steak and onions will melt the provolone cheese.)

The onions are optional. You can add other garnishes such as sauteed mushrooms and/or peppers if you like. Some people like to douse their Philly cheesesteak sandwiches with ketchup. The choice is yours.

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      kevem 5 years ago

      An "Italian Style" roll comes nowhere close to describing the necessary bread for this masterpiece. It needs to be from the Philly area preferably Amaroso's. The bread is absolutely vital to making a good cheesesteak. And anyone who calls it a "Philly Cheesesteak" is clueless. That's the first sign it won't be good. Lastly, I submit that Jim's on South is the best. Although Steve's is pretty good.

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      janet 5 years ago

      the worst, no taste, horrible customer service, what a disappiontment i feel the same about geno's

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      Sarabeth 6 years ago

      Gino's all the way!!!!

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      June Alarid 6 years ago

      Just returned from glad we stopped at Geno's. The cheesesteak is delicious. Loved the atmosphere as well as the location.

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      lonie bautista 6 years ago

      i love that you can speak whatever language it is, and still enjoy the PAT!

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      Adam 7 years ago

      Doing it tommrow

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      mike 8 years ago

      steve's prince of steaks is better

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      rdelp 9 years ago

      While Pat's and Geno's quibble over who made the first cheesesteak, their quality has gone down and I prefer Tony Luke's to either of theirs.

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      Angela Harris 9 years ago from Around the USA

      Thanks, ahmu and Sally's Trove.

      Sally's Trove, I want to try cheesesteaks with marinara sauce. It sounds delicious, much better than ketchup. Thanks for the suggestion.

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      Sherri 9 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      Wonderful! Love the "How to order a cheesesteak" picture. And your recipe is just perfect. The only thing better would be to get in the car and head downtown to Pat's or Geno's for the atmosphere. Philly cheesesteaks rock! BTW, I like mine with marinara sauce, which in south Philly is called "gravy".

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      ahmu 9 years ago

      nice topic thans for the recipt