No need to travel to Philadelphia to get an Authentic Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich! This deliciously tender beef sandwich is easy to make and tastes better than one you'd find in a restaurant! With only a few simple ingredients, you'll definitely feel like you're in The City of Brotherly Love!
One of the best Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches I"ve had was at The Foggy Rock in Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Man oh man, their steak sandwich is rockin-good! After I got home, I had to make my own and I must say, it turned out delicious!
By the way, nobody in Philly calls it a "Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich"--they just say "cheesesteak sandwich"...who knew?
Why you'll love this:
- Stove top or slow-cooker...your choice
- Filling- savory meat, onions and peppers on a soft bun
- Affordable- sliced beef goes a long way! Perfect for big groups!
Here's what you'll need:
Thinly sliced beef, onions, bell peppers, beef broth, Worcestershire sauce, cheese and buns
What cut of beef to use:
Most sandwiches are made with either strips of:
- skirt steak
Since the meat will cook in broth, you can use just about any cut of beef. Cut it into 1" inch slices first.
How do I make a Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich?
You can make Philly cheesesteak on the stove top or in a slow cooker (the method I prefer in the summer!)
Stove Top Method:
Add sliced peppers, onions and Worcestershire sauce; simmer until vegetables are tender; place on warm hoagie buns, top with cheese, broil and serve!
Make this homemade Philly cheesesteak sandwich in the crockpot and free yourself from the kitchen!
Just add the beef, vegetables, broth and seasonings to a slow cooker ...
...toss in a little Worcestershire sauce, put the lid on the you're off! Cook 3-5 hours, depending upon your crockpot
When sandwich filling is done, heat buns in foil, assemble sandwich, toss under the broiler for a few minutes to melt the cheese and enjoy!
What kind of bread?
According to my Philly friends, the choice of bread is critical to a delicious Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. The bread must be fresh, white, and warm.
Crusty or toasted breads simply don't suffice, as authentic Philly sandwiches use soft bread-not toasted.
A hoagie bun is the traditional choice of bread, but you can use any thick, white bread. Submarine, or "hero" rolls also work great for a delicious homemade Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
Slice the buns and wrap in foil; heat them at 350ºF for about 15-minutes.
What kind of cheese goes on an authentic Philly steak sandwich?
Traditional cheesesteak sandwiches use a processed yellow cheese, like CheezWhiz® or American cheese; however, if you prefer a more natural cheese, Provolone works equally well and complements the flavors of the beef, peppers and onions.
Who Invented the Philly Cheesesteak?
The cheesesteak sandwich accidentally popped up in the 1930's when a hot dog vendor in South Philadelphia decided to grill some beef and slap it on a small loaf of Italian bread.
A cab driver passing by caught a whiff of the delicious aroma and...the rest is history.
Nobody in Philadelphia calls it a "Philly Cheesesteak," they just call it a Cheesesteak sandwich.
Philly Cheesesteak Recipe
- 1⅓ lbs sirloin cut into strips
- ½ pkg. Beefy Onion Soup Mix dry mix
- 2 cups water or beef broth
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 large yellow onion cut into thin strips
- 1 medium green bell pepper cut into thin strips
- 6 slices provolone cheese
- 2 Hoagie sandwich buns
- In a large skillet, heat oil on medium heat; add beef strips and cook till lightly browned
- Add enough broth or water to cover meat; (about 2 cups); reduce heat to medium-low;
- Add beefy onion soup dry mix and Worcestershire sauce; cook on low till beef is tender
- Add sliced onions and peppers; cover and allow to cook until vegetables are tender
- Using a slotted spoon or tongs, remove the beef, peppers and onions and set aside
Sandwich Assembly and Cheese
- Preheat oven to 350ºF
- Place hoagie buns in foil and bake for 10 minutes--until soft and warm
- Remove buns from oven
- Turn oven to broil
- Slice hoagie buns lengthwise leaving one side uncut; place meat, then onions, then bell peppers. Place cheese on top.
- Place sandwiches under broiler just until cheese melts.
- Remove from oven and enjoy!
- Philly cheesesteak can also be made in a crock pot; just put all the ingredients (except for the oil) in a slow cooker; Cook on low for about 3 hours.