Do you want to make delicious homemade cheesesteaks?
There is nothing quite like an authentic Philadelphia Cheesesteak. It can even rival the food of some of the best restaurants. At first glance, it looks simple, but it isn’t as easy to replicate as you might think.
No one should have to suffer a substandard cheesesteak. Read on for our tips for making delicious homemade cheesesteaks.
If it wasn’t for Philadelphia’s Italian rolls, there wouldn’t be Philadelphia Cheesesteak. That is why the bread is the foundation of any cheesesteak.
If you want to be authentic, you need to use a fresh Amoroso roll like Boos Philly. Failing that, you need a roll that is slightly dry and strong enough to hold its shape after you add the filling. This mustn’t come at the expense of a soft middle though.
If your roll is going to throw off your meat-to-bread ratio, pull out some of the bread in the middle of the roll to create more room.
A cheesesteak can only be as good as the ingredients it is made of.
That is why any self-respecting cheesesteak is made from thinly sliced rib-eye steak. Rib-eye has the perfect ratio of meat and fat to give you sandwich the perfect texture. It may be expensive, but it is well worth it when you feel it melt in your mouth.
Thinly slice just over a quarter pound of meat for each sandwich. If you are having trouble cutting it thinly, try freezing it for an hour to help it firm up.
This is where things get heated!
Everyone agrees on the right way to prepare your bread and steak, but there is no such agreement on cheese! Three kinds of cheese are all considered the “true” Philly Cheesesteak cheese.
Provolone gives a nice sharp and tangy flavor that adds to the beef’s savory flavor.
White American Cheese melts easily. This gives the filling a creamy texture without overpowering the other flavors.
Maligned by some, Cheeze Whiz is softer than the other options. It gives even better coverage with less flavor.
All three will provide you with a fantastic sandwich, so choose yours based on whether flavor or textures is most important to you.
When it comes to finishing off your cheesesteak with toppings, you have a few options.
Sliced onion help to sweeten and balance your cheesesteak. Use about half a small onion per sandwich so it isn’t overpowering. Be careful not to over-fry them. You want them browned, but not caramelized.
Although not traditional, you can also add mushrooms and peppers to taste. Saute them all together to allow the flavors to work together. Spread your chosen toppings so each bite adds the extra flavors.
The Perfect Homemade Cheesesteaks
The traditional Philadelphia Cheesesteak pretty much nailed it when it comes to sandwiches. So perfect homemade cheesesteaks will replicate the traditional one as much as possible. Quality ingredients and the right balance of flavors will make sure your homemade cheesesteaks are delicious.
If you feel the need for something a bit lighter after your cheesesteaks, check out our healthy meal plan tips.