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. Rib-eye beef steak has become synonymous to Philly’s cheesesteak sandwick, a perfect cut of choice for steak sandwich because of its perfect balance of flavor, bite and texture. 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. The Philly cheesesteak sandwich cannot be complete without the sauteed onion toppings, as onions provide the sweet balance of the meaty and cheesy taste, a perfect combination of tastes.
Preparing and cooking for a type of Philly cheesesteak sandwich is easy following this procedure: first thing is to use a large frying pan to saute the onions and mushrooms in olive oil, adjusting well the heat from high to medium, until the onions show signs of browning, then set aside, fry the sliced steaks for about 3 minutes on each side, adding salt and pepper to taste, followed by placing sliced cheeses over the grilled or fried steaks until they melt, and, finally, arranging the cooked ingredients evenly into hot, baked rolls. If you plan to use Cheese Wiz, separately melt it in a double boiler or melt it in a microwave, then spread it 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.