Easy Philly Cheesesteaks
Are you looking to make a delicious, authentic and easy Philly Cheesesteak in under 30 minutes?! If so, you've come to the right place! Having been born and raised in the Philly area, I know a good cheesesteak. And this recipe fits the bill.
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What is an Authentic Philly Cheesesteak?
A classic, Philly cheesesteak has: meat (ribeye), onions, and cheese (provolone, American cheese or Cheese Whiz). And it's pretty common to add sautéd mushrooms and/or peppers to a cheesesteak, as well. For an authentic Philly cheesesteak, the most well known places to go are Pats King of Steaks, Geno's Steaks, and Jim's Steaks, all in South Philly. I speak from experience here! If you are craving tender steak smothered in melty cheese and caramelized onions in a lightly toasted Hoagie roll, these are the best tourist spots! Unfortunately, we can't all make the trip to Philly for one of these delicious cheesesteaks. But the good news is, you can make one at home just like the real deal!
How to Make Easy Philly Cheesesteaks
It takes less than 30 minutes to make these cheesesteaks and you'll only have to use ONE pan. It doesn't get any better than that! There is minimal chopping for this recipe. So, the prep work is really just combining ingredients.
How to Make Cheesesteaks
STEP 1: Sauté onions
First, sauté onions until caramelized. Then, set aside in a small bowl for later. Note: Most cheesesteak enthusiasts prefer their onions sliced, but for my picky eaters we opted to chop them finely.
STEP 2: Cook beef
Next, cook shaved beef and season with salt and pepper. Use a spatula or two wooden spoons to gently pull shaved beef apart as it cooks.
STEP 3: Prepare rolls
Slice hoagie lengthwise without completely slicing apart. Spread butter on the inside of each half.
STEP 4: Assemble cheesesteaks!
Finally, divide meat into two sections in your pan (or more depending on how many rolls you have). Incorporate onion back into the meat. Place cheese on top of each section of meat and lay the open side of the roll face down on the meat. Once cheese has melted, use one or two spatulas to gently flip over the sandwich onto a plate.
Easy Philly Cheesesteaks
- 2 T olive oil (divided, or a few sprays of cooking spray)
- 1 medium onion, sliced or chopped
- 1 lb shaved beef
- 1 t salt
- 1/2 t pepper
- 2-4 Hoagie rolls
- 2 T butter
- 4-6 slices provolone cheese
- Heat frying pan or griddle on medium, and coat with 1 T olive oil or spray with cooking spray. Add onions and cook for 2-3 minutes until browned or even caramelized. Remove onions and set aside in a small bowl.
- Heat remaining 1 T of oil (or cooking spray) in pan. Add shaved beef and season with salt and pepper. Use a spatula or two wooden spoons to gently pull shaved beef apart and cook until no longer pink. Mix in onions.
- Slice hoagie rolls lengthwise without completely slicing apart. Spread butter on the inside of each half.
- Divide meat into two sections in your pan (or more depending on how many rolls you have). Place 1-2 slices of cheese on top of each section of meat. Then, lay the open side of the roll face down on the cheese & meat for 1-2 minutes, or until butter and cheese have melted. Use one or two spatulas to gently flip over meat with roll onto a plate. Serve cheesesteaks with your side of choice.
- Serve cheesesteaks with your side of choice.
- Buy shaved or pre-sliced meat. This will save you time in the kitchen!
- Assemble your cheesesteak upside down in the pan. Use a spatula to flip assembled cheesesteaks over and onto you plate.