Foodie Friday! Let’s Make Cheese Steak!

foodiefridaylogo2The biggest family and friend get together is almost here and we need food and not just any food we need awesome food… Yeah you know what I am talking about…. We all gather and and enjoy each others company and celebrate The Ohio State Buckeyes going to The Team Up North and bringing home a victory!

Wait… what?  You thought I was talking about Thanksgiving… um nope! Now don’t get me wrong I love Thanksgiving and I love the food, man do I love the food but if I shared with you the closely held family secret on how to make the best most moist turkey you have ever had, well then I would have to kill you and I don’t want to do either one.  Bring On The Cheese Steak!

Now before we get started, I am not from Philly and I do not make a traditional Philly Cheese Steak.  I think mine is awesome so we are going to call it Buckeye Cheese Steak or maybe Buckeye “awesome” Cheese Steak… or is the awesome just understood?  I have been known to make this with a provolone cheese but for this one I am going to go with a cheese sauce.

What You Need:
 6 full sized sandwiches:

  • 1.5 lbs of Meat – I prefer going with a rib-eye that has been cut extra thin.  You can also go with a high quality roast beef also cut thin from the deli and if you are wanting to stay away from beef (why?) you can choose to go chicken but it isn’t the same.
  • 6 Deli Rolls – You can go soft roll or crusty roll.  I prefer a crusty as they tend to hold up a little better.
  • 1 Yellow Onion, peeled and sliced
  • 3 Bell Peppers, seeded and sliced thick – Green, Red, Yellow just choose what you like or skip them if you don’t like them at all… see I am easy to get along with
  • 6 TBSP Butter

For the Cheese Sauce:

  • 8 ounces, Velveeta Cheese (You can go with the white or yellow it doesn’t matter)
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 cup of milk

What to do:

Once you have all of your veggies prepped start with your cheese sauce.

  1. Put the Velveeta, black pepper, Cayenne pepper and milk into a sauce pan and melt it down over medium heat.  Make sure not to burn it over too high of heat and feel free to add more spice once it is melted a bit if you like to spice it up.
  2. Heat up a skillet and melt some butter on it and grill those buns.  This adds a little something special to the sandwich but can be left out if you are in a hurry.
  3. Melt 2 tbsp butter in large pan over medium high heat.  Throw in meat and work it around the pan with a spatula or tongs.  If you are using deli roast beef we are just getting it hot and it should only take a couple of minutes.  If you are using steak it won’t take much time either but chicken will take a little more time since we need it to be cooked through.  Once the meat is done pull it from the skillet and place on a plate.
  4. Throw in some more butter into the same skillet that you used for the meat (don’t wipe clean, that is flavor in there) and reduce the temp to about medium or medium low.
  5. Throw in the veggies and let them cook until they start to get a nice dark golden color and are soft.  This can take 8- 10 minutes.  You can go with  more caramelized onion but it does take about an hour to do it.  I am not saying it isn’t worth it but it does take some time.  I love them but I am impatient.
  6. Open up your bun and pile on some meat and then pour a little cheese sauce over it and then layer some onion and pepper mixture and top that with a little more cheese sauce and finish with the bun top.
  7. Now eat them and cheer for your favorite team… unless it is that team up north!




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