Friday, February 3, 2012

Philadelphia Cheese Steak - Fast Food

Not everyone may care for this next recipe. Those who enjoy an occasional cheese steak sandwich, however, (and I know you're out there….) might find surprising how easy this snack is to prepare. Thinking about it… to my mind, anyway, I realized the key ingredient is not the caramelized onions, the thinly sliced beef, or the melted cheese…, but the necessary inclusion of black pepper. If you happen to have the following ingredients, this dish comes together in a snap.

Leftover beefsteak
1 small onion
some fresh sliced green pepper (optional)
grated or sliced cheese (provolone, cheddar, whatever…)
olive oil
salt & pepper
bread or roll (with which to 'sandwich'  the cheese steak!)

It's best to prep all the ingredients first. Slice leftover beef into paper thin strips. A serrated knife works well. Coat the beef strips with a bit of olive oil, salt & pepper. Slice up a small onion into thin half-rounds (julienne green pepper as well, if desired). Grate enough cheese to cover the meat/onion combo in a pan. Have sufficient bread and or rolls at the ready.

In a hot skillet, caramelize (wilt and brown) the onion in a bit of olive oil. Turn the heat down to medium and add the seasoned beef. Once melded with onion and warmed through, sprinkle grated cheese over the top and place a lid on the skillet. Let it all sit just till cheese is melted. Then fill your favorite bread or roll with the steaming goodness and enjoy yourself :D

Both Giants and Patriots fans can eat this, I think.

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