A cheesesteak, also known as a Philadelphia cheesesteak,
Philly cheesesteak, or steak and cheese, is a sandwich made from thinly sliced
pieces of steak and melted cheese in a long roll. The cheesesteak is one of the
favorite foods of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
with Cheez Whiz.
The meat used is thinly sliced rib-eye or top round although
other types are also used. The steak is placed on a lightly oiled griddle at
medium temperature. The slices are quickly browned and then scrambled into
smaller pieces with a flat spatula. Often, the steak is placed on top of already
slightly fried onions to prevent the steak from becoming over-cooked. Thicker
slices are also sometimes used. Some vendors omit the chopping, serving their
sandwiches with these slices of steak in whole form.
A cheesesteak may include other optional ingredients such as fried onions,
sautéed green peppers, and mushrooms. Some menus include mayonnaise, hot sauce,
ketchup, or pizza sauce (a Pizza Steak, often with mozzarella as the cheese).
Cheesesteaks should have a creamy cheese taste that does not
dominate the sandwich. White American cheese,
Cheez Whiz are the most frequently used cheeses. American cheese is a favorite
due to its mild flavor and medium consistency. Some places pre-melt the American
cheese to achieve the creamy consistency, while others just put freshly cut
slices over the meat, letting it slightly melt under the heat. Provolone is also
In Philadelphia most cheesesteak places use Amoroso or Vilotti-Pisanelli rolls.