Make your own Philly Cheesesteak or Cheesy Caesar Chickensteak
Philly at home is the meat. It’s easy to find, but difficult to get butchered the way you need it. At Pat’s and Geno’s in Philadelphia they used wafer-thin ribeye. The steaks are partially frozen then sliced across the top rather than the sides. To emulate this, I took a fresh, half-pound ribeye and put it in the freezer for 1 hour. The I cut the steak in half and used the edged flattened by the slice to balance the steak on the cutting board while I shaved the face of the steak with a long, extremely sharp butcher knife. While I didn’t get the full wafer-thin steaks I did get the wafers in smaller pieces. Ultimately, you chop up the beef anyway, so the result was great. Of course, I had to add a fresh serrano to my pepper-onion mix for a little Texas heat, but don’t feel obligated.
Mayo is the condiment of choice back East, but choose your favorite. I tried one with a little kicked-up Caesar mayo that turned out terrific.
Check out the Pat’s and Geno’s sites to learn more about the history of this unique sandwich.
Below the Philly recipe is something I came up with, call it a Cheesy Caesar Chickensteak. The technique is the same, but uses chicken breast. And I’ve added a slaw made with that forementioned kicked-up Caesar mayo.
Makes 2-3 sandwiches
Half-pound ribeye steak, sliced wafer-thin.
Half a sweet onion
Half a green pepper
1 serrano pepper (optional)
2 slices favorite cheese, I like provolone, or quarter to half cup Cheez Whiz.
1 tsp salt
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder.
1 tablespoon of oil
Mayo or condiment of your choice is optional.
Saute sliced onion and peppers in remaining oil, no more than a minute, then group together to form a flat mound. Place the meat on top of the mound and the cheese on top of the meat. Let warm until the cheese melts and integrates.
Toast the requisite number or hoagie rolls, slice and open wide. Add mayo or condiment of your choice now. Carefully slide a spatula, or two, under the onions and lift enough to fill one sandwich. Slide the filling into the bun, making sure the cheese stays top side. Eat with care and plenty of napkins. It’s a mess, but you’ll love it.
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