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Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches

(21 Votes)
Updated July 01, 2016
SERVES
4
COOK TIME
20 Min

This recipe for Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches is the closest authentic version you can get without taking a trip to the City of Brotherly Love! This traditional Philly Cheese Steak recipe is melt-in-your mouth delicious and takes just 10 minutes to make.

What You'll Need:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/4 pounds beef top round, thinly sliced (see Note)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 hoagie rolls, split
  • 1 cup Cheez Whiz, melted
What To Do:
  1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot. Add onions, and saute 6 to 8 minutes, or until onions are tender. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
     
  2. Add beef to skillet and sprinkle with salt and black pepper; saute 3 to 5 minutes, or until no pink remains in beef. Transfer to a cutting board and cut steak into very thin strips, almost shaved. 
     
  3. Place steak on hoagie rolls, top with onions and drizzle with melted cheese, serve immediately.

 

Notes

The easiest way to get thinly sliced beef top round is to ask the butcher at the supermarket to do it for you.

 

Did You Know? The Philly Cheese Steak is one of the most debated sandwiches in the U.S.! Not only do folks get pretty heated about who makes the best Philly Cheese Steaks in Philadelphia, but there is also a lot of debate about what ingredients go into an authentic cheesesteak. For example, in the case of the cheese, some like theirs with American or provolone, while others believe that a truly authentic sandwich should be made with Cheez Whiz. Then, there's the bread - it's pretty agreed upon that it should never be toasted. And when it comes to add-ons, that's a whole other discussion! Common toppings include onions, peppers, and mushrooms. No matter where you stand on this debate, we hope you'll give our version a try (and tweak to your liking!) as we know you're going to love them!
 

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Instead of top round use thinly sliced rib eye to really make it authentic. There's nothing better.

easy for children to make and enjoy learning to cook. We used other cheese to try something different and put their on twist on this. Great recipe

Delicious, I added some chopped mushroom and also chopped the onions and peppers before sauteeing. I use Provolone cheese, I am not from Philadelphia so we eat them this way!!

I've made this several times!! Yummy1

What happened to the tomato sauce (gravy) ?? Susie

Hello Susie! We're not sure what you may be referring to. This dish traditionally does not call for tomato sauce.

there is never ever bell pepper on an authentic Philadelphia Cheese Steak, ever. Fried Onions, Cheese Whiz which not Velveeta or Provolone Cheese, maybe American. No BELL PEPPERS!!!!!! I would give it a zero star if I could.

Nowhere in the recipe does it call for bell pepper. It says "black" pepper, not "bell".

Does anyone know if there is much difference between Cheese Whiz and Velveeta as far as ingredients or flavor?

velveeta and cheese whiz are not the same product.

Real Philadelphia Philly Cheese Steak Recipe http://bit.ly/phillycheesesteak

easy and very good! add ajus sauce as dip and substitued cheese for provalone and goodness gracious my entire family of 6 loved it and no one agrees in this house!

Well I would have to say I do love to eat at Pat's King of Steaks as well, but nothing still can compare to an Italian Beef Sandwich

My Wife and I are originally from the Philadelphia area and never was Cheez Whiz EVER used, but American & provolone cheeses whe used by all the steakshops, except only 1 in Philly. That was an enigma why they'd ruin a good thing.

From Wikipedia: Cheez Whiz, first marketed in 1952, was not yet available for the original 1930 version, but has spread in popularity.[17] A 1986 New York Times article called Cheez Whiz "the sine qua non of cheesesteak connoisseurs."[18] In a 1985 interview, Pat Olivieri's nephew Frank Olivieri said that he uses "the processed cheese spread familiar to millions of parents who prize speed and ease in fixing the children's lunch for the same reason, because it is fast."[19] Cheez Whiz is "overwhelmingly the favorite" at Pat's, outselling runner-up American by a ratio of eight or ten to one, while Geno's claims to go through eight to ten cases of Cheez Whiz a day.[16] [16] a b c Mucha, Peter. (23 May 2008). "Whiz on a cheesesteak: Hit or myth?". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 22 April 2011. [17] Hevesi, Dennis (9 June 2007). "Edwin Traisman, 91, Dies; Helped Create Iconic Foods". New York Times. Retrieved 10 November 2008. [18] "Cheese Steak: An Original" (Subscription required). The New York Times: p. C6. 21 May 1986. Retrieved 1 July 2009. [19] Stevens, William K. (16 November 1985). "About Philadelphia: Where Cheesesteaks are King, One Family Has Assumed the Crown" (Subscription required). The New York Times: p. 10. Retrieved 1 July 2009. --- I think that about sums it up on the cheeses. :)

This is great but try this using white american cheese and muster cheese. I also add mushrooms cover to melt the cheese

I AM FROM PHILLY; NOW LIVING IN FLORIDA, AND I SURE DO MISS PAT'S STEAKS. WHENEVER I GET BACK NORTH, THAT'S THE FIRST PLACE I VISIT. PAT, JUST KEEP DOING WHAT U R DOING. NOBODY CAN BEAT YOUR STEAKS???

Actually Cheez Whiz is used on the real cheesesteak in Philly...They give you a choice of Cheez Whiz, American, or Provolone. But a true cheesesteak lover would usually get it with the Cheez Whiz. Why not do research before slamming something....

The True cheesesteak is with American and then covered by the bun to melt it. Cheez Whiz is only offered to those who do not want to wait for the American to melt, or because they think they get more with the whiz cause it is offered after the fact when the sandwich is offered to you, sort of like an after thought. Check out the Ohio Street Cheesesteak and there is not any whiz there, and it IS original cheesesteak.

A Philly cheesesteak made with Cheez Whiz? I think not. Anyone in Philadelphia would be aghast if you tried to pass this off as a true Philly cheesesteak. It might be cheese and it might be steak, but it's not Philly cheesesteak.

I agre with you and I'm not from Philly. What kind of cheese is best?

the easiest way to get thin sliced beef is not to ask butcher the easiest way is to go to the deli and grab some roastbeef. not only is it yummy but it's not as expensive as a steak, but just as good!!!

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