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PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS

Updated on April 2, 2009

PHILLY CHEESESTEAKS

Learn How To Make A Truly Superb Cheesesteak Right In Your Own KItchen!

GENO'S

GENO'S
GENO'S

HISTORY OF THE CHEESESTEAK

GOD BLESS WHOEVER MADE THE FIRST CHEESESTEAK

The cheesesteak made its official debut in 1930. Pat Olivieri was a South Philadelphia hot dog vendor who one day decided to put some beef from the butcher on his grill. A taxicab driver noticed the alluring aroma and asked for his own steak sandwich. The next day, as the story goes, rumor of the delicious lunch had spread, and cabbies around the city came to Olivieri demanding steak sandwiches. Soon after, Olivieri opened up a shop on 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, Pat’s King of Steaks, to sell his new creation. Eventually, according to legend, he added cheese to the recipe. Today, Pat’s grills are sizzling 24 hours a day, as are Geno’s, the rival shop across the street. For 40 years, the two shops have waged a friendly competition to win the title of best cheesesteak in town, with Geno’s founder, Joe Vento, claiming it was he, not Olivieri, who first added cheese to the cheesesteak.

PLAIN STEAK WITH ONIONS ONLY

PLAIN  STEAK  WITH  ONIONS  ONLY
PLAIN STEAK WITH ONIONS ONLY

A PHILADELPHIA TRADITION

There are so many restaurants out there which purport to serve Philly Cheesesteaks. I find this statement to be absolutely absurd. Cheesesteaks are the quintessential food of the city of Philadelphia, and although not exclusive to that city, I believe the best can only be found there.

First of all, it is called a "Philly Cheesesteak" because they are found in the city of Philadelphia!!! If it is not in Philly, it is simply a Steak and Cheese.

Second of all, you cannot find the same kind of Hoagie bread which is dominant on the northern east coast. Now,I will give one concession that you can find great cheesesteaks in South Jersey as well, since they are in such close proximity to the City of Brotherly Love.

I have also found that just because you may be in Philly, not all steaks can be graded as being equal. For instance, although "Geno's Steaks" in South Philly is renowned and famous, it just never really impressed me. I prefer my steaks chopped, which they don't do, and I think their steaks are over-priced. In South Philly, I'm more partial to "Pat's King of Steaks," or "Jim's," or "Ishkibibbles," which serves one of the most delectably mouth-watering chicken cheesesteaks you could ever wrap your lips around.

However, my favorite spots are in North Philly, right around the Roosevelt Mall and the township of Cheltenham. My buddy Nicky, originally from the country of Jordan, is the die-hard Eagle's fan proprietor of "Little Nicky's." He will always serve you a righteous steak, made with flavorful rib-eye, on a always fresh hoagie. I love steaks made with rib-eye, but I have a spot close to Nicky's called "Sam's," which makes my favorite steak made of sirloin. The proprietor is originally from Colombia and speaks poor English, but he always treated me like a VIP, and I gotta say, I adore the pepperoni cheesesteaks I get there.

Now, there are also the all important cheeses to choose from as well. Personally, I will live and die by my Provolone. I can deal with white American, but I prefer Provolone. An equal favorite among cheesesteakers is the Cheese Wiz. I just never really understood it, but I know many people who are adamant about their Wiz. I generally don't like to take away from the flavor of my steaks by desecrating it with the likes of mayo, ketchup, mustard,tomatoes, or any other foreign condiment, but to each their own. This is how strongly I feel about The Cheesesteak, and wonder how many others feel the way I do about them. They are love man, they are love.

I HAVE DREAMS ABOUT THIS STUFF.

I HAVE DREAMS ABOUT THIS STUFF.
I HAVE DREAMS ABOUT THIS STUFF.

PAT'S KING OF STEAKS CHEESESTEAK RECIPE

DON'T SAY I AINT NEVER DONE NUTHIN' FOR YA !

Remember folks, everything extra that other people put on or in their cheesesteak is purely by preference. Personally, I will put onions or mushrooms once in a while, but I'm usually a plain cheesesteak kind of guy.

Ingredients

* 6 tablespoons Soya bean oil

* 1 large onion, sliced

* 24 ounces sliced rib eye or eye roll steak

* Cheese (store processed recommended); American or Provolone

* 4 crusty Italian Rolls ( Definitely grab Hoagie Rolls if you can find 'em )

* Sweet green and red peppers, sauteed in oil (optional)

* Mushrooms sauteed in oil (optional)

* Ketchup

Directions

Heat an iron skillet or a non-stick pan over medium heat and add 3 tablespoons of oil to the pan and saute the onions to desired doneness. Remove the onions and add the remaining oil and saute the slices of meat quickly on both sides. Melt the cheez whiz in a double boiler or in the microwave. Place 8 ounces of the meat into the rolls, add onions, and pour the store-processed cheese over top. Garnish with sweet peppers, mushrooms, ketchup.

Now, throw in a Rocky DVD and enjoy your very own steak at home.

ONION, PEPPER, AND WILD CHANTRELLE CHEESESTEAK

ONION, PEPPER, AND WILD CHANTRELLE CHEESESTEAK
ONION, PEPPER, AND WILD CHANTRELLE CHEESESTEAK

JIM'S STEAKS

JIM'S  STEAKS
JIM'S STEAKS

PAT'S STEAK WITH WIZ

PAT'S  STEAK  WITH  WIZ
PAT'S STEAK WITH WIZ

EMERIL'S CHEESESTEAK

THIS EMERIL LAGASSE'S VERSION OF THE CHEESESTEAK

Ingredients

* 2 fresh Italian sandwich rolls or Kaiser buns, split in half crosswise

* 1 white onion, thinly sliced

* 1/2 large green bell pepper, thinly sliced

* 1 teaspoon minced garlic

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

* 1/2 pound rib-eye steak, very very thinly shaved or sliced

* 1/3 pound thinly sliced white American cheese, or Provolone cheese OR 4 ounces melted cheese whiz

* Ketchup, optional topping

* Italian pickled peppers, accompaniment

Directions

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

Heat a cast-iron skillet or griddle over medium-high heat. When hot add the oil, onions and bell peppers, and cook, stirring, until caramelized, about 6 minutes. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Push off to 1 side of the griddle.

Add the meat to the hot pan and cook, stirring and breaking up with the back of 2 metal spatulas, until almost no longer pink, about 2 minutes. Mix in the Sauteed vegetables. Top with cheese slices and melt. Spoon the cheesy meat mixture into the warm buns and serve immediately with condiments of choice or Put the meat in the bun and dip the spatula in the cheese whiz and then wipe the spatula down the inside of the bread.

$100 BARCLAY PRIME CHEESESTEAK WITH LOBSTER & TRUFFLES

$100 BARCLAY PRIME CHEESESTEAK WITH LOBSTER & TRUFFLES
$100 BARCLAY PRIME CHEESESTEAK WITH LOBSTER & TRUFFLES

VEGAN CHEESESTEAK

VEGAN  CHEESESTEAK
VEGAN CHEESESTEAK

CHEESESTEAK TURNOVERS

CHEESESTEAK TURNOVERS
CHEESESTEAK TURNOVERS

VEGETARIAN CHEESESTEAK

I DIDN'T FORGET ABOUT YOU VEG HEADS OUT THERE !

I gotta say that I am a proud carnivore, through and through. However, there is nothing wrong with a healthier version of this iconic sandwich.

Core ingredients:

* 8 ounces of seitan (see end of recipe for details about seitan)

* 1/2 medium onion, diced

* slice green peppers or other veggies (optional)

* olive oil or cooking spray sufficient to sautee

* cheese (vegan or dairy)

* roll (a crusty French/Italian bread or sub/hoagie roll)

Preparation:

* Slice the seitan into strips, or chop finer, depending on your preference.

* Season the seitan if it is an unseasoned variety (suggested seasonings include soy sauce, green Tabasco sauce, pepper, garlic powder, Cajun seasoning.)

Cooking:

* Heat a medium-sized skillet under medium to medium-high heat

* Sautee diced onion until translucent

* Add seitan

* Cook until seitan and onions are browned. Since seitan is not meat-based, there is no need to worry about undercooking

* Just before removing from heat, lay several slices of cheese (vegan or dairy) across the filling and cover. Remove from heat while cheese melts.

Presentation:

* Scoop a generous amount of the filling into a roll.

* Traditional condiments include a hearty serving of ketchup and even mayonnaise.

Making a larger quantity of sandwiches:

This recipe is suited for making smaller quantities of sandwiches for a family dinner, or having friends over. However, it is easy to scale the recipe up and prepare larger quantities by following a few tips.

The entire filling can be cooked in the oven. Fill a baking dish with the onions, seitan and olive oil and place into an preheated 375 degree oven. Depending on the quantity, cooking time will take approximately 15-20 minutes.

Once the filling is browned, prepare the sandwiches and add cheese individually to each sandwich. Wrap the sandwich in aluminum foil. These wrapped CheeseSteak sandwiches can be kept warm in an oven on low heat for thirty minutes without drying out.

Preparing CheeseSteaks ahead of time for a party:

The CheeseSteaks can easily be made earlier in the day for a dinner party. Follow the steps above for making larger quantities and then store the inividually wrapped CheeseSteaks in the refrigerator. Preheat the oven to a low temperature (225 degrees) and warm the CheeeSteaks for about twenty minutes before serving.

What is Seitan?

These CheeseSteaks are made using seitan. Seitan is a product made from wheat gluten, the protein that holds bread together. While the product comes from wheat, it is not loaded with carbohydrates like bread.

A serving of seitan has:

* 90 calories

* 1 gram of fat

* 0 grams saturated or tans fat

* 0 grams cholesterol

* 3 grams of carbs

* 1 gram of fiber

* 18 grams of protein

LOOK AT ITS CRUSTY HOAGIE PERFECTION !

LOOK  AT  ITS  CRUSTY  HOAGIE  PERFECTION !
LOOK AT ITS CRUSTY HOAGIE PERFECTION !

CUT THE CHEESE - What kind of cheese would you like on your steak?

PROVOLONE

CHEESE WIZ

CHEESE WIZ

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    • HuntAndFishGuides 5 years ago

      PROVOLONE All The Way!

    AMERICAN

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      • RomanceHoneymoonDestinations 3 years ago

        Provolone!!!

      • Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

        Definitely not cheese wiz.. it's gotta be provolone or real American/cheddar (not the Kraft Singles plastic kind).

      • MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

        Lots of cheese, real cheese. (Would it be a crime to use swiss? :blush)

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          HuntAndFishGuides 5 years ago

          I soooo want a Geno's cheesesteak right now!

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          Laniann 7 years ago

          Very well done with good information and pictures. Your love came through strong and clear. 5*s

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          Achim Thiemermann 8 years ago from Austin, Texas

          "Wild chanterelle cheese steak"??? I'm fainting...the best of all mushrooms and certainly my favorite! Brilliant idea. Blessed by a Squid Angel today! :-)

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          Cheryl Paton 8 years ago from West Virginia

          Thanks for the vegetarian cheesesteak recipe. I'm looking forward to trying it. Thanks for visiting by my Vegetarian Day lens.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          I think my (__[__) just got bigger reading this lens? Thank you so much for sharing this yummy recipe! I am going to share it right now on Facebook and then go make a snack. 5 stars!

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          Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

          I never liked my steak in big chunks on my sub either. I used to work in a sub shop, and it was always much better chopped on the grill as much as you could. The other key was to not dry it out too much. Veggies and cheese seemed to do the trick on making it just the right amount of greasiness. I'll keep these suggestions in mind next time I'm in Philly! Great work.

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          lynnasafriend 8 years ago

          You know, I only just started eating philly cheeses steak sandwiches. I love them sooo much I need to be careful when I get around one... it usually doesnt have a chance :) Great lens !

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          Robin S 8 years ago from USA

          You've made me hungry again! I'd love a Philly Cheesesteak right about now!

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          KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

          I'm a vegetarian, but have definitely heard of Geno's (it helps to have a husband from Philly...) Thanks for including a veggie option! Welcome to Culinary Favorites From A to Z.

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          poutine 8 years ago

          All those pictures make me very hungry, specially the vegan one.

          Poutine

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          julieannbrady 8 years ago

          Hmmm, actually the vegan cheesesteak looks pretty yummy to me although I'm not a vegan.

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          Joan4 8 years ago

          wow! I want one of those turnovers! Looks sooo good!

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          papawu 8 years ago

          DAD1104,

          You have to speak Philly English! Keep in mind that many of the busiest places operate like the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld. Have your order and money ready or you may be told to get to the back of the line.You have to say,Yo a lot, then say gimme a steak wid wiz, or wid-out, or wid, wid-out everything else for that matter!Oh, and never be picky or ask for special requests!

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          DAD1104 8 years ago

          Great lens; but must i speak English at Pat's to get service?

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          papawu 8 years ago

          Margo,

          Any kind of cheese is fine as long as it is good to you!

          Although I might trade a cheesesteak for some Carolina BBQ!

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          MargoPArrowsmith 8 years ago

          Wow, what a great lens! You could get a vegetarian to want to go to Philly for one of these!

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