The Philly Cheesesteak is one of the most iconic foods of Southeastern Pennsylvania (although don’t sleep on the Roast Pork sandwich with provolone and broccoli rabe!). It’s delicious, and it can be made to suit nearly everyone’s taste (as long as they eat meat…although as I’m typing this out, I’m already pondering ways to cater to vegetarians…maybe a “Philly Cheesefake”). We oft play with the concept and the flavours, but as I was reading through some prior posts, it occurred to me that we don’t actually have a cheesesteak recipe on a hoagie roll!
So, when my mother-in-law gave us some sliced venison, I got into action, and this sandwich was the result. Traditionally Philly Cheesesteaks rely on “cheez wiz” (a phrase and product to which I refuse to give the respect of capitalization). With no shot of us ever embracing such a heretic to the world of cheese, we decided to coat our meat and veggies in a cheddar cheese based Roux. This gave us incredible flavour and a nice creaminess to the whole sandwich!
Time: 20 Minutes
- Thinly sliced red meat. We used Venison, but Beef will work as well.
- Veggies of your choosing. A few good options are:
- Bell Peppers
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1 Tablespoon All Purpose Flour
- A little Milk
- Diced or Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Hoagie Rolls
- Dice your veggies.
- Heat a pan with your butter, and add your veggies to it. Sauté for a few minutes until they soften.
- As your veggies cook, cut your cheese into cubes (unless using shredded), and set aside.
- Take your already thinly sliced meat, and cut it into strips.
- When your veggies are ready, add your meat, and allow everything to cook.
- As your meat cooks, slice your hoagie rolls longways, being careful to not cut fully through.
- When your meat is cooked, add your flour to the pan, and stir to fully incorporate. Turn the heat to low, and allow to sit for another minute.
- Pour in a little milk, and add your cheese. Stir as the cheese melts, and your roux thickens and coats your ingredients.
- Scoop your meat and veggies in the cheesy sauce onto your hoagie rolls.
- Plate, devour, and enjoy!