Who doesn’t love steak? And cheese? Being from Wisconsin, I therefore have a deep love for both. The other day our family was doing some work in the basement, finishing the drywall and mud in the boys’ bedrooms and this momma didn’t want to cook so we ordered pizza. One was a Philly Cheese Steak with ranch sauce, and it was amazing. Here is a serious shout-out to Fox’s Pizza Den in Wrightstown!!! You guys, this pizza is legit delicious. Leftover steak pizza for breakfast is my new favorite.
This week during meal prep, Tyler and the boys wanted to have Philly Cheese Steaks for dinner. These are super easy! I did a few modifications by adding thinly sliced red pepper while caramelizing the onions and they did not disappoint! As I have never been to the East Coast or had a famous Philly Cheese Steak, I went about trying to make one that our kids would love to eat.
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Published March 24, 2021
Updated March 8, 2022
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National Cheese Steak Day
I heard it on the radio this morning that March 24 is National Cheese Steak Day. When I set out to write this blog, I had NO idea: “Every March 24 America pays tribute to one of the all-time classic sandwiches — the cheesesteak. Much like national liberty itself, the cheesesteak is elegant, necessary, pure, and was born in Philadelphia. The cheesesteak rose from humble beginnings in South Philly to the cultural icon it is today: safely secure in the sandwich hall of fame.” Read more about it HERE
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What to use
All in, this recipe took an hour from start to finish with only thirty minutes of prep and active cooking time. You can choose any rolls your family will love. For this recipe I used pre-cut club rolls. Who has extra time to cut their own rolls, am I right?! For the steak our grocery store had Ribeye. Before cooking slice, them really thin after being frozen for thirty minutes. Freezing the steak before you cut it helps to make it easier to slice and also it fries up better in the pan, just make sure you do not freeze them too long! Set a timer for thirty minutes or less so you do not forget them in the freezer.
Cost to make Philly Cheese Steaks
Ribeye Steak $12.30 ($7.99 per pound)
2 packs Deli Club Rolls $3.38
2 packs sliced cheese $3.58
1 large onion $0.50
1 red Pepper $0,89
Total Cost for this recipe was $20.65.
This cost was for 12 Philly Cheese Steak sandwiches for a total of $1.72 each.
Philly Cheese Steaks would be awesome for a party or for a group meal as it can be made ahead of time and served on the rolls when the meal starts. For example, try this recipe the next time you have a cookout or friends over for a game? Any game really. Soccer, golf, football, game night, anything really. Football starts soon! Steak and football go great together, just saying.
Philly Cheese Steak Recipe
1 yellow onion
1 red pepper
1.5-2 pounds Ribeye steak
Deli Club Rolls
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp oil
1. Place the Ribeye steak onto a plate, then into the freezer for 30 to 60-minutes to be easier to slice. Just remember to set a timer so you do not forget them! Yes, that is applesauce in our freezer. As there was a shortage of canning lids this was the only option to keep it fresh. Stay tuned for a blog on how to make freezer applesauce!
2. On a cutting board, cut the end of one side of an onion, then cut the onion in half through the opposite end. Peel off the outside layer and then thinly slice onion and place in a bowl. Set aside to be cooked later.
3. On a cutting board, cut the top of a pepper off, remove the seeds and then thinly slice the pepper into long strips. Place the sliced peppers in the bowl with the onions.
4. Heat 2 Tablespoons butter in a large skillet on medium-high heat, making sure the pan is large enough for the steak and the peppers and onion to be in at once.
5. Dump onions and peppers into hot skillet with melted butter and cook until soft, stirring often.
This could take upwards of thirty minutes depending on your desired tenderness.
6. Place the cooked onions and peppers in a bowl and then set aside.
7. Remove the steak from freezer and then slice as thin as possible on a cutting board.
For this recipe cut the steak 1/4 inch thick as any thicker takes longer to cook. Making them all the same thickness helps with consistency through the recipe.
8. Heat a large skillet to high and then add 1 Tablespoon oil.
9. Place sliced steak into hot skillet and stir until browned roughly around 2 to 3-minutes.
You will want the steak tender and not over cooked so keep watching them, so they do not burn!
10. Warm a griddle and then butter the insides of the rolls. This step is so much easier when the rolls are already cut.
11. Sprinkle garlic powder over the buttered side of the rolls and then toast on the skillet. This could also be done in the oven for a few minutes on a baking sheet on broil. Just remember to watch the rolls with hawkeyed precision so they do not succumb to the broiler of burnness.
12. Replace the cooked onions and peppers to the steak, season with salt and pepper and then stir to combine.
13. Serve over toasted hot rolls with your choice of cheese. For example, this meal we used swiss, pepper-jack and Colby. You can scoop the meat mixture right onto the bun and place cheese on top or place the cheese on the toasted but and scoop meat on top of the cheese. Either way it is melty steaky goodness that everyone will love.
Recipe for Philly Cheese Steak
Philly Cheese Steak Recipe
- Cutting board
- 1 Yellow Onion
- 1 Red Pepper
- 1.5-2 pounds Ribeye Steak
- Salt & Pepper
- 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
- Club Rolls
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Tbsp Oil
- Place the Ribeye steak onto a plate and then put into the freezer for 30 to 60-minutes.
- Thinly slice an onion and set aside in a bowl to be cooked later.
- Slice a pepper thin and then add it to the bowl of onions.
- Heat 2 Tablespoons butter in a large skillet on medium-high heat.
- Dump onions and peppers into hot skillet with melted butter and cook until soft, stirring often, around 10 minutes.
- Place cooked onions and peppers in a bowl and then set aside.
- Remove steak from freezer and then slice 1/4 to 1/2 inch thin.
- Heat skillet to high and then add 1 Tablespoon oil.
- Place sliced steak into hot skillet and stir until browned roughly around 2 to 3-minutes.
- Warm a griddle and then butter insides of rolls.
- Sprinkle garlic powder over the buttered side of the rolls and toast on the skillet or use the broiler and then toast them in the oven.
- Replace the cooked onions and peppers to the steak and then stir to combine.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Finally, serve over toasted hot rolls with cheese.
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