The Best Philly Cheese Steak recipe made right in the comfort of your own home!
This Best Philly Cheesesteak recipe boasts crazy tender, marinated steak, flavorful crisp tender bell peppers and ooey gooey cheese all sandwich in between a hoagie bun. The incredible marinated steak and spiced mayo set these Philly Cheese Steaks worlds above other recipes and you won’t believe how easy they are. These Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches make a fabulous game day food, guest food, or just a fun dinner any night of the week. You haven’t tried Philly Cheese Steaks until you try these!
This Best Philly Cheese Steak recipe is sponsored by Sargento® Cheese. All opinions are 100% mine.
Philly Cheesesteak Recipe
I’ve mentioned my obsession with Philly Cheesesteaks here before. I crave them almost more than any other food. Thus my Alfredo Philly Cheese Steak Pizza (one of my first posts, terrible pics but SO GOOD) and my Philly Cheese Steak Egg Rolls and I’ve already photographed a Philly Cheese Steak Soup to share with you.
I love Cheesesteak so much that our authentic hole in the wall Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich shop was my requested Valentine’s destination. True love.
So while I can’t claim to have ever been to Pat’s or Geno’s, I’ve dined at my fair share of transplanted authentic Philly Cheesesteak shops to know what makes the Best Philly Cheesesteak recipe – AND what makes a bad one – no dry filling, bland meat or plain buns here!
So while these Philly Cheesesteak are not 100% authentic (I use provolone with sharp cheese (sorry purists), they are some pretty unbelievably delicious Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches brimming with juicy chopped steak, peppers, poblanos and onions smothered in melty cheese – and I daresay the BEST homemade Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich recipe I have triad yet – I hope you agree!
What goes on a Philly cheesesteak?
Philly Cheesesteak are known as Philadelphia cheese steak, Philly cheese steak, cheese steak sandwich, cheese steak, or steak and cheese but they all boast the same tantalizing filling of thinly sliced steak and melted cheese served on a hoagie roll.
Many Philly Cheesesteaks also include sautéed onions and bell peppers. Some versions also contain mushrooms, sweet peppers, hot peppers, banana peppers, pimientos, pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, olives and/or pepperoncinis.
So while I’ve kept this Philly Cheesesteak recipe simple with steak, onions, bell peppers and cheese, feel free to add whatever toppings your heart – or belly – desires!
Philly Cheesesteak Ingredients
The key to a good Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwich is perfectly flavored Philly cheesesteak meat. Here’s what you’ll need to make the sandwiches, marinade, and toppings:
- Ribeye steak: See my notes below on steak substitutions you can use for this recipe.
- Olive oil: Use quality extra virgin olive oil for the best flavor.
- Onion: I used a yellow onion, but any kind will work.
- Bell peppers: I prefer green bell peppers for this recipe, but use your favorite kind.
- Poblano pepper: Adds flavor and a little heat.
- Jarred cherry peppers: The jarred kind are sometimes labeled as pimento peppers.
- Provolone cheese slices: A must for any Philly cheesesteak recipe.
- Hoagie rolls: I’ve given more details below on how to choose the right rolls.
- Marinade: A marinade is essential to tenderize steak and imparts significant flavor. This particular marinade is made with mustard, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and my own blend of Philly cheesesteak seasonings.
- Spiced mayo: A simple blend of mayo and hot sauce.
What cut of meat is best for Philly cheese steak?
There are a few important factors to create the Best Philly Cheese Steak recipe starting with the cut of meat. Ribeye is the traditional cut of beef and if we weren’t marinating the beef, I would highly recommend only that for its fat/marbling which keeps the meat moist and flavorful BUT because we are marinating the beef, feel free to substitute a less pricey cut such as top sirloin or skirt.
What’s the Best Cheese for Philly Cheesesteak?
What Bread is best for Philly cheesesteaks?
Most Philly Cheesesteaks are are served on Amoroso rolls. These are long, soft rolls that are slightly salted. When looking for rolls to serve your Best Philly Cheesesteak recipe at home, shop your local bakery or the bakery at your local grocery store for a soft hoagie roll.
How to Make Philly Cheesesteak
- Step 1 – Marinate Steak: Marinating the steak is KEY for the Best Philly Cheese Steak recipe. The marinade is where all the flavor comes from AND it tenderizes the meat. Our marinade consists of a simple mixture of Dijon, balsamic, Worcestershire and seasonings.
- Step 2: Slice Beef Thinly: What makes amazing marinated steak more amazing is slicing it as thinly as possible before you marinate it. You can also ask your butcher to do this for you on their meat slicer or the easiest way to do it yourself is to freeze your steak for 30 minutes or so before slicing it. You can also tenderize and pound your steak even thinner after you slice it if you want to get a little crazy about it. What we do for love.
- Step 3 – Saute Veggies: After you saute your steak, onions and peppers (I use a combo of poblano pepper and bell peppers for more flavor).
- Step 4 – Add cheese to filling: More magic begins with the addition of a little seasoned mayonnaise (a simple mixture of mayo with some reserved marinade), sharp cheddar cheese and pimientos.
- Step 5 – Stir: Stir it all together until melted for some creamy cheesy meatiness…
- Step 6 – Assemble: Now we’re ready to pile our cheese steak filling into our seasoned mayo slathered buns. And you better pile quickly because I could not stop eating the filling – and we haven’t even added the extra cheese yet!
- Step 7 – More Cheese: Next, one of the most important parts, the crowning of our filling with more cheeeeese! I used Sargento® Provolone because its zestier than a younger Provolone, melts amazingly well and is 100% real cheese! Sargento Pepper Jack would also be delicious, or maybe a combo, either way you can’t go wrong with Sargento because all their Sargento® Sliced Cheese are always 100% real, natural cheese whereas Pasteurized Process Cheese Food, (sometimes known as American singles), is only required to contain 51% real cheese. And I like real cheese.
- Step 8 – Bake: Finally, bake your Philly Cheese Steaks for 5 minutes or so for the cheese to become ooey gooey melty swoon worthy and the buns to crisp up with the seasoned mayonnaise.
- Step 9 – EAT! And dig into a melty, meaty, cheesy dreamy Philly Cheese Steak heaven. The taste of true love.
Tips for Making Homemade Philly Cheesesteak
- Marinate the steak: Ribeye steak should be marinated for at least 6 hours in order to reap the benefits of the tenderizing properties. For the maximum benefit, however, marinate overnight.
- Don’t poke holes: In contrast to popular belief, you should NOT poke holes in the steak before marinating. This actually drains out the valuable juices and will result in less juicy steak.
- Marinate in the refrigerator. Always marinate steak for a prolonged period of time covered in the refrigerator and not at room temperature to avoid food-born illness. Only remove it from the fridge to the counter 60 minutes before you’re ready to grill to help bring it to room temperature so it cooks evenly.
Can I Prep Philly Cheesesteaks in Advance?
YES! You can leave the steak to marinate overnight and slice all the veggies ahead of time. The next day, simply saute the meat and veggies, then assemble the sandwiches.
How to Store Philly Cheesesteak Meat
You should store your cooked Philly cheesesteak meat in an airtight container in the refrigerator. I like to refrigerate mine with any leftover drippings in the pan for extra moisture and flavor. When stored correctly, cooked beef will keep fresh for up to 5 days in the refrigerator.
How to Reheat Philly Cheesesteak
The plain meat and vegetables can easily be reheated on the stove or in the microwave. Once you assemble the sandwiches, they’re best enjoyed right away.
- Stove: Heat steak and veggies over medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through. Assemble sandwiches and bake in oven as directed.
- Microwave: Transfer smaller servings of steak and veggies to a microwave-safe dish, cover with a microwave-safe lid or paper towel. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then continue to microwave for 15-second intervals, if needed.
Can You Freeze Philly Cheesesteak?
Yes, you certainly can! You may freeze both the rolls and the Philly cheesesteak meat so you’ll be all ready for Philly cheesesteak sandwiches!
To freeze Philly cheesesteak:
- Let meat cool completely.
- Transfer to an air-tight container or a heavy-duty freezer bag along with some of the juices (to keep it juicy).
- Squeeze out any excess air to prevent freezer burn.
- Label and freeze for up to 3 months.
- When ready to eat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
- Reheat in microwave or on stove.
What to Serve with Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches
Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches are often served with Fries, onion rings or potato chips and a green salad and/or pasta salad. And because this is the Best Philly Cheesesteak recipe, it deserves the very best sides! Here are some of my favorites:
- Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese
- Baked Beans with Brown Sugar and Bacon
- Slow Cooker Hawaiian Baked Beans
- Italian Tortellini Salad
- Perfect Fruit Salad
- Creamy Grape Salad
- Kicked Up Classy Creamy Potato Salad
- Slow Cooker Creamed Corn
- Greek Pasta Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Feta Pesto
- Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese Ranch
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