Philly Cheesesteak is a special kind of sandwich, which definitely originated from Philadelphia in the early 1930s and which was a concoction by Italian immigrants, Pat and Harry Olivieri, who thought of using chopped steak and cheese as a sandwich filling inserted on 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 Olivieris used sliced white American cheese or sliced provolone, which were grilled and melted together with the steak, however, later through the years, because of time savings, Cheese Wiz became a more convenient substitute. 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 Cheese Wiz is the preferred cheese of choice, have this melted on a double boiler or in a microwave and then spread this fast and evenly on top of the grilled steak slices.
For Philadelphia locals, they actually have two kinds of choices for a Philly sandwich – steak sandwich, which is simply grilled steak slices with toppings, or a cheesesteak sandwich, which is obviously with melted cheese and other toppings, but what has become synonymous to Philadelphia’s best Philly sandwich is the cheesesteak sandwich.