Philly cheesesteak, Philadelphia cheesesteak,cheesesteak sandwich, or steak and cheese; call it what you will, this is the easiest, simplest, and most delicious meal on the planet. Period.
The Philly cheesesteak crescent ringwe all love and eat today evolved from a simple mix of frizzled beef, onions, and cheese in a small loaf of bread. Today’s classic is made with:
- thinly sliced beef, browned and scrambled into small pieces while cooking
- slices of white American cheese(provolone and Cheez Whiz are also commonly used) placed over the meat to melt
- bread roll (the best one is locally baked Amoroso roll), cut in half and filled with the meat-cheese mixture
- common additions are sautéed onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, hot sauce, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper.
How can anyone not like that?
But there is another important thing that makes Philly cheesesteak one of my all-time favorite foods- its ability to be transformed into different meals. And some of them are serious meals. You know, those you can serve to guests without blushing even a bit! How do I know that? I have an amazing cooking app that reveals all sorts of culinary secrets to me.
I’ve been good (don’t forget to tell Santa) and compiled the best Philly cheesesteak variations for you.
#1 Philly Cheesesteak Soup
What better on a cold winter day than a bowl of warm, creamy, and flavorful soup? (to eat while binge watching your fav TV series in your pajamas, snuggled under a blanket).
The base is made by melting some butter and adding flour into a big saucepan over medium heat, to form a roux. Then add half-and-half, milk, and 3 chicken bouillon cubes (crushed) and stir until thick. Finally, the usual ingredients are added: sautéed onion and bell pepper, cream cheese, grilled and chopped steak, and seasoning. Add just a touch of grated provolone to garnish (not too much, it will melt).
#2 Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers
If you are looking for an easy family dinner recipe or you have those guests I mentioned before, thisalternative to the classic Philly cheesesteak sandwich is the solution! Low carb (no bread), gluten free, and stuffed into a tender bell pepper!The cheese goes both on the top and at the bottom of the pepper, so the whole dish is ooey-gooey and melty.
You can prepare this meal using mushrooms instead of bell peppers. In that case, choose baby Bella mushrooms.
#3 Philly Cheesesteak Crescent Ring
This one is my favorite and if I must choose a word that describes it, it will be OMG! All the flavors of your favorite Philly cheesesteak wrapped up in a crescent roll ring. The usual mixture of sautéedonion and pepper, cream cheese, plus 1/3 cup of beef broth, and 3/4 pound of roast chopped beef create the filling.
Wrapping them up in rolls will take some time, but trust me, it’s worth it. You will need two tubes of crescent rolls. Place the triangles into a round shape and scoop the beef mixture into it. Cover the beef mixture with sliced provolone cheese.Fold the pointy ends of the rolls over the filling and bake at 375 degrees for 20 min.
So, what do you say? If these are not enough for you, try some of the other recipes, likePhilly cheesesteak pizza (no fail there) or Philly cheesecake nachos, dip, stew, bombs…they are all waiting for you to dig in!