A by-word among famous sandwiches in the US is the renown Philly Cheesesteak which had its humble origin in the early 1930s in Philadelphia, a sandwich creation by two Italian immigrants, Pat and Harry Olivieri, who thought of using the perfect combination of chopped steak and cheese in their own brand of Italian rolls. Word spread fast on how incredibly tasty were the steak sandwiches, that soon after, the Olivieris opened up Pat’s King of Steaks on the 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia.
A typical cheesesteak sandwich is composed of a saut?ed, rib-eye beef steak, thinly sliced, and melted cheese placed on a long, crusty bread roll and added with toppings, such as fried onions, hot, sweet peppers, mushrooms, fried in little fat, and lots of ketchup. Among the many kinds of beef cuts, rib-eye has been picked as the perfect beef choice for cheesesteak sandwich, since the grilled effect produces very flavorful beef texture and bite. The kind of cheese used at Pat’s King of Steak was sliced white American cheese or sliced provolone, any of which were melted while placing on the grilled steak; later, out of convenience, Cheese Wiz was substituted. Bread rolls are the best kind of bread to sandwich in the steak and cheese, but the characteristic of the rolls to result into the perfect bread fit for a Philly cheesesteak sandwich must be light, crisp, and tender. Onions are a must-topping for Philly cheesesteak sandwich, because it balances the steak and cheesse flavour with the onion’s sweetness and this can be achieved if the onions are sauteed first.
To prepare a Philly-type of cheesesteak sandwich, this procedure is recommended: put olive oil into a frying pan over high heat such that after some time, lower the heat to medium and start sauteing the onions and mushrooms until the onions become brown and soft, then set aside and add the steak slices, cooking for about 3 minutes on each side until brown, add salt and pepper to taste, and add the cheese slices over the meat until they are melted, and when done, arrange the ingredients spreading evenly the steak and melted cheese with the onion and mushroom toppings into the hot, crisp baked rolls. For those who prefer Cheese Wiz instead of cheese slices, separately cook and melt this on a double boiler or melt it on a microwave, then spread evenly on the grilled steak.
There are two sandwich of choice in Philadelphia, the steak sandwich, which is a simple concoction of grilled steak slices and toppings and the cheesesteak sandwich which has melted cheese and toppings on the sliced and grilled steak, but what is famous between the two is the Philly cheesesteak sandwich with sliced cheese or melted Cheese Wiz on it.