A Real Philly Cheese Steak

A well-made cheesesteak is a thing of beauty. All the ingredients kind of…fuse together. The thinly shaved beef, the glistening caramelized onions and peppers, the cheese sauce—all densely packed into a pillowy-soft roll.

A Real Philly Cheese Steak

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Serves: 4 Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 to 2 1/2 pound strip loin, trimmed
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • French rolls, split 3/4 open
  • Provolone Sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole milk, heated
  • 1 cup grated aged provolone cheese
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Sauteed Mushrooms:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds mushrooms (cremini and shiitake), coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Caramelized Onions:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 large Spanish onions, peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Sauteed Peppers:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 poblano peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 Cubano peppers, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

1

Place steak in freezer for 30 to 45 minutes; this makes it easier to slice the meat. Remove the meat from the freezer and slice very thinly.

2

Heat griddle or grill pan over high heat. Brush steak slices with oil and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 45 to 60 seconds per side.

3

Place several slices of the meat on the bottom half of the roll, spoon some of the cheese sauce over the meat, and top with the mushrooms, onions, and peppers.

4

Provolone Sauce:

5

Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Slowly whisk in the warm milk, and cook, whisking constantly until thickened, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from the heat and whisk in the provolone and Parmesan until combined; season with the salt and pepper.

6

Sauteed Mushrooms:

7

Heat oil and butter in a large saute pan over high heat. Add the mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms are golden brown. Stir in the parsley and season with salt and pepper.

8

Caramelized Onions:

9

Heat butter and oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper, and cook slowly until golden brown and caramelized, stirring occasionally, approximately 30 to 40 minutes.

10

Sauteed Peppers:

11

Heat the oil in medium saute pan over high heat. Add the peppers and cook until soft. Season with salt and pepper.

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