I really love twitter but it is definitely bad to look at midday, when you are hungry, and follow tons of foodies. The issue this morning was I saw gravy and then from that point I wanted chicken fried chicken with white pepper gravy. Then I remembered there was something I was craving a few days ago and it was a Philly! Here’s the deal, chicken fried chicken is really not a challenge for me to make. I make fried everything, except fried butter (that’s just wrong on so many levels). So the Philly won in the wars of what to cook and blog. The largest challenge of a Philly Cheese Steak is the meat. Problem is that you need sliced rib eye from a boneless rib eye. Not that hard you would think but some meat departments do not have a deli slicer in the back near the raw meat. I got lucky after calling around to three places, not only found someone who could cut the meat for the Philly but also cooked a Philly themselves at home. The process is pretty easy once you find someone that will cut it for you. If you do not have a griddle then I highly suggest you get one. This can be cooked in a iron skillet but the temperature does not stay even in a skillet versus an electric griddle. Once you have the griddle (or iron skillet) and your meat then follow these simple steps below. Remember no Philly is better then the one you create yourself. Why? Cause you can have anything you want on it!
Do not forget mise en place!
Get the griddle nice and hot with a tad of olive oil and two spatulas.
Do not fry any longer then 8 minutes. Just cook till you see no red and it is lightly browned. Cooking too long will make the meat tough. And after a few minutes you should have something that looks like this.
This is one of my favorite simple sandwiches. I can’t have just a BLT, it has to be a BLTA! Avocado is a fruit just in case you were wondering. It is also a aphrodisiac! The Mayans and the Aztecs ate them to enhance sexual desirability. They have many vitamins and are extremely healthy for your body and heart. So why not add a little bacon to make it unhealthy?! Here is how I put together my BLTA. Let me know how you make your BLTA or BLT.
My son really wanted me to make this sandwich. But I knew the first thing I would have to accomplish is how to make a restaurant style meatball. I wanted something soft and juicy just like I get at Carinos. After a few hours of looking at recipes I found that combining what I saw on a Triple D episode and what I grew up making with my grandmother was going to be the way to go. Also this was a chance to use my lovely new food processor.
First science to a good tender meatball is bread crumbs. Whether you make it on your own with fresh bread which is the best and if you do this it is good to add some fresh Italian seasoning to it. Or whether you use bread crumbs out of a can or panko they all do the same thing. They hold moisture into your meatball. Your egg acts as your binding agent which is also important. Remember those two things and you will always have a great meatball. Here’s my recipe to a good soft and tender meatball.