Discover How to Make an Authentic Philadelphia Cheesesteak

Philadelphia Cheesesteak
Photo courtesy of Pat’s King of Steaks® in Philadelphia, PA
The cheesesteak is the most favored and iconic food available in the Philadelphia area. However, I can tell you this, if you walk into a restaurant offering a “Philadelphia cheesesteak,” or “Philly cheesesteak,” you are most likely not getting the real deal. It is simply a cheesesteak—the perfect marriage of beef, cheese, and onions.

While almost any pizza or hoagie shop in the Philadelphia Metropolitan Area can provide you with an authentic cheesesteak, if you want to taste the originaL—the gold-standard—you will need to visit Pat’s King of Steaks, 9th & Wharton Streets, Philadelphia. It is here, from the originator and inventor of the steak & cheesesteak sandwiches, that we can identify what is and is not a genuine, bona fide, and legitimate Philadelphia cheesesteak.

Do you think I may be a bit of a cheesesteak zealot? Maybe, but imagine going to a restaurant and ordering bratwurst, and the waitperson brought you hot dogs. They are both sausages, right? In the same way hot dogs are not bratwurst, not just any hot beef sandwich with melted cheese can be called a cheesesteak.

While I’m not about to go as far as telling anyone what they can put on their personal cheesesteak, what a restaurant or chef attempts to pass off as an authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak is important. Don’t you agree?

A cheesesteak is made from pan fried, thinly sliced rib eye or other cuts of beef—try asking your butcher for chipped steak. It is not made from roast beef or deli meat.  A cheesesteak can come with (wit) or without (wit-out) onions. If you want green peppers, feel free to order them, but they are not part of any cheesesteak recipe.

Here I am providing a cheesesteak recipe based on Pat’s King of Steaks, the originator and inventor of the cheesesteak. Pat’s first started making the cheesesteak with provolone cheese, but today Cheez Whiz is the most favored, followed by American. Whichever is your choice, this is the next best thing to actually visiting Philly.

Philadelphia Cheesesteak

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Philadelphia's signature sandwich includes thinly sliced steak, fried onions, and melted cheese on a Italian hoagie roll.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 lbs thinly sliced rib eye or top round (other cuts can also used)
  • 4 Amoroso® rolls (or other hoagie style rolls)
  • Cheez Whiz® (or 8 slices of American or provolone cheese)
  • 1 large Spanish onion (thin sliced)
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat skillet or frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan and saute the onions and mushrooms to desired doneness. Remove and place to the side.
  3. If using Cheez Whiz®, begin melting in a double boiler or microwave.
  4. Add additional oil only if needed, and saute the slices of steak quickly, using a flat spatula to shred slices.
  5. When steak is almost completely cooked, add onions and mushrooms back to pan.
  6. If using sliced American or provolone cheese, once the steak is done, place 8 slices of cheese on top of meat and allow to melt.
  7. Equally divide the cheesesteak mixture into the 4 Amoroso® rolls.
  8. If used, spoon the melted Cheez Whiz® top.

Additional toppings and condiments can be added to taste, including ketchup, mayonnaise, and sweet or hot peppers.

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mdbree17
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mdbree17

This one looks promising. Hopefully, the ingredients are just available in my country’s supermarket 😀
More of this, please. So we can prepare delicious treats for the family.

jojo_1234
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jojo_1234

It definitely looks tasty and delicious. Haven’t tried one yet but the looks of it surely the family can really enjoy and its not that hard to make. I can’t wait to start making my own superb dish.

GanduraChururut
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GanduraChururut

The cheesesteak reminds me of a shawarma brand that is sold locally in my country. However, they don’t serve their shawarma in a hoagie bun. I’m looking forward to cook this for my family and hoping that I could find good substitute to the other ingredients that is not available in our local marketplace.

Ceres
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Ceres

It looks promising. To truly test the merits of a Philadelphia Cheesesteak, I have to eat it under the most suitable conditions that a cheesesteak was inevitably designed for, with a hangover. Crispy on the outside, soft and moist deliciousness on the inside. Now, there’s the ingredients, cheese and steak and I can say the default cheese is provolone. Now, others are not necessarily wrong, it’s just not right for me.

Doadex
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Doadex

I like experimenting with different type of foods. This recipe looks delicious. But we have a problem finding good cheese in my country. Everything is imported here and its very rare to find them in local stores . I personally love recipes that include cheese in it. May be i am going to give this a try soon.

Flex
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Flex

This Philadelphia Cheesesteak makes me hungry right now. I love to experience authentic food of a particular place because it tastes really good compared when you had it out of that country. But I’ll try my own version of Philadelphia Cheesesteak using this recipe. Those cheese excites me and can’t wait to have one,

szerjhex18
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szerjhex18

Nice one. I’m gonna try this one it’s new to me and I’m searching for a new recipe food that easy to made and affordable too .
It looks delicious and tasty. I love bread and many topping over it or in it. Its good for picnic, for school lunch for my kids.

Thanks for sharing this I’m looking forwards for more recipes . It’s been so helpful

Flex
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Flex

It makes me hungry right now. I am a food lover and I want to try and make it at home. Lucky, it looks like that it is easy to make because I not a good cook at all but I am starting to learn now. Hope to taste an ‘Authentic Philadelphia Cheesesteak’ someday.

benydoll88
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benydoll88
This recipe is mouthwatering, I am a fan of hot-dogs and sandwiches and i am really looking forward to try this delectable recipe. Maybe i can use an alternative ingredients to make this one that is available in the local supermarket. I am glad that i found this recipe, this can be served as a breakfast or a light lunch with a searing hot cup of coffee. It is not just a common recipe that you can found on the net, somehow this recipe is one of a kind, the flavors of beef, cheese and onion incorporates the flavor to… Read more »
leeuface
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leeuface

I’ve never tried a Cheesesteak, it surprisingly easy recipe as well. Definitely gonna try and make this bad boy, I bet you can add some mixed bell peppers and maybe some sort of greenish leaves? maybe lettuce or something? And it would be just perfect.

Timothy Alexander
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There are many variations to the original, and some people do add lettuce, tomatoes, and other cold veggies.

joey_2tep
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joey_2tep
This one really looks yummy and delicious. That looks of the melted cheese on top it makes me more crave for it. A cheese steak sandwich is not really a steak sandwich, it is a sandwich made with chipped steak and cooked on a grill top. Locals think in terms of steak sandwiches with or without cheese. Without cheese, the sandwich is referred to as a steak. With cheese, it is a cheese steak or “cheesesteak.” Cheeze Whiz is the topping of choice for serious steak connoisseurs. However, you can also use provolone cheese. I doubt there is one sold… Read more »
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