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Getting Hold of A Philly Cheesesteak

The humble beginnings of Philly Cheesesteak began in the early 1930s when Pat and Harry Olivieri, Italians and residing in Philadelphia, thought on creating a special kind of sandwich that makes use of chopped steak and lots of cheese using Italian roll as bread. People at that time were clamouring for the sensational steak sandwich with its meaty and cheesy flavour, so much so that the Olivieris had to open Pat’s King of Steaks on the 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, to be able to serve the growing number of steak sandwich fans.

A typical cheesesteak sandwich is composed of a saut?ed, rib-eye beef steak, thinly sliced, and melted cheese placed on a long, crusty bread roll and added with toppings, such as fried onions, hot, sweet peppers, mushrooms, fried in little fat, and lots of ketchup. Rib-eye beef steak has become synonymous to Philly’s cheesesteak sandwick, a perfect cut of choice for steak sandwich because of its perfect balance of flavor, bite and texture. The Olivieris used sliced white American cheese or sliced provolone, which were grilled and melted together with the steak, however, later through the years, because of time savings, Cheese Wiz became a more convenient substitute. The kind of bread rolls recommended for Philly cheesesteak sandwiches are those that are long with round ends, light, crisp but not overly crunchy, tender but not overly chewy, perfect size to evenly distribute the steak and cheese in it. Onions are a must-topping for Philly cheesesteak sandwich, because it balances the steak and cheesse flavour with the onion’s sweetness and this can be achieved if the onions are sauteed first.

To prepare a Philly-type of cheesesteak sandwich, this procedure is recommended: put olive oil into a frying pan over high heat such that after some time, lower the heat to medium and start sauteing the onions and mushrooms until the onions become brown and soft, then set aside and add the steak slices, cooking for about 3 minutes on each side until brown, add salt and pepper to taste, and add the cheese slices over the meat until they are melted, and when done, arrange the ingredients spreading evenly the steak and melted cheese with the onion and mushroom toppings into the hot, crisp baked rolls. If you plan to use Cheese Wiz, separately melt it in a double boiler or melt it in a microwave, then spread it evenly on the grilled steak.

There are two sandwich of choice in Philadelphia, the steak sandwich, which is a simple concoction of grilled steak slices and toppings and the cheesesteak sandwich which has melted cheese and toppings on the sliced and grilled steak, but what is famous between the two is the Philly cheesesteak sandwich with sliced cheese or melted Cheese Wiz on it.

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