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!
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.
- 1lb thin sliced rib eye (6 sandwiches)
- 2 onions (chopped)
- 2 bell peppers (chopped; optional)
- 8 mushrooms (sliced; optional)
- 1lb sliced provolone cheese
- Olive oil
- Bread of choice (hoagies or hard Italian rolls (Amoroso rolls are best)
- On the hot griddle ( or skillet) just add your guilty pleasures of a Philly and fry. Once browned pull off the meat and add it to the bread with cheese underneath; if you want cheese that is.