Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (2024)


Community Pick

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (1)

Submitted by Alan Leonetti

"I was born and raised in Philadelphia and this was my favorite lunch at the luncheonettes (sandwich shops). Places throughout the rest of the Country that claim to make Philly Cheese Steaks just do not get them to taste the same, and one of the reasons is that they do not use extra-virgin olive oil. Anyone who says that Pat's and Gino's in South Philly uses Cheez Wiz, is talking about the way they make it now. The old authentic way uses Provolone Cheese. Also, using deli roast beef is the same as using top round sliced wafer thin or frozen Rib-Eye roast shaved on an electric slicer. I was born in 1942 and this is the way they were made way back then. We are talking about authentic, not the way they are made now. If you make any changes with the ingredients or the directions, it will not be the same. Make it EXACTLY as written here."


Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (2) Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (3)

photo by anniesnomsblog Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (4)

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (5) Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (6)

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (7) Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (8)

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (9) Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (10)

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (11) Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (12)

Ready In:





  • 1 2 large hoagie rolls or 2 large sub rolls
  • 12 lb deli roast beef (very rare, sliced wafer thin, or you can use a frozen Rib-Eye roast shaved on an electric slicer, wh)
  • 1 white onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 green bell pepper (thinly sliced) (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic (minced)
  • 12 lb provolone cheese (thinly sliced)
  • extra virgin olive oil (for grilling)
  • salt and pepper
  • marinara sauce (optional topping) or ketchup (optional topping)



  • Heat a griddle or a large saute pan over medium-high heat.
  • When hot, cover bottom with olive oil.
  • Add the onions and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until carmelized, which will take about 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, salt and pepper, and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Then, push the mixture off to one side of the griddle.
  • Add the meat to the hot part of the griddle.
  • Cook, continuously flipping the meat over and slightly chopping the meat into slightly smaller pieces with 2 spatulas, until the meat is not pink, which should take about 2 minutes.
  • Mix the meat and the carmelized onions and bell pepper together.
  • Divide into 2 portions, and top both portions with the cheese to melt.
  • If using Italian or French bread, cut the bread in half, crosswise, and slice lengthwise to open for the 2 sandwiches.
  • Hollow out some of the soft white bread part from inside and place face down on top of the meat and cheese.
  • When the cheese is melted, and with 1 or 2 spatulas, flip the sandwiches over and add topping, such as marinara sauce or ketchup, if desired, and serve immediately.

Questions & Replies

Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (13)

Got a question? Share it with the community!



  1. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (14)

    OK, this is NOT, NOT, NOT a Philly Cheesesteak if you use deli roast beef. You must use thinly sliced rib eye. And the poster has personal preferences in the recipe. I do not know of a single place that has garlic in the sandwich unless requested. Also, as a BASIC original cheesesteak, 99% of places do not use bell peppers. This would still be a good sandwich if made as described, but it would NOT be AUTHENTIC. Trust a 250 pound guy who has probably eaten 1000 of them in his life - and has had heart bypass as proof, LOL.

  2. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (15)

    This recipe should be resubmitted as a roast beef sandwich. The othere reviewer is correct, this is not a Philly cheesesteak. It does not contain the correct meat or trimmings. Also, you can't put it on any roll from the supermarket. It needs to be a hoagie roll from an Italian bakery to give it that authentic taste. Oh..and you forgot the garbage need to lean over the can as you eat the sandwich so the grease can drip into it!

  3. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (16)

    Alan Leonetti failed to mention that some kind of magic occurs to bring all of these wonderful flavors together! You will not believe it until you try it yourself. Thanks for a recipe so good that after years of dedication to I finally registered just to review this incredible sandwich!

  4. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (17)

    This is a terrible recipe if they are going to boast authentic. My biggest peeve is when a restaurant or otherwise present a “Philly” cheesesteak and it’s anything but. Just call it a cheesesteak and move in. Our cheesesteaks are simple: ribeye meat, whiz, and a roll. Maybe some carmalized onions, or long hots, or peppers, or some other cheese - those are personal changes/additions. But at its core, it’s ribeye, whiz, and roll. Done.

  5. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (18)

    This is nice and all, but not “Authentic.” This is a hot roast beef sandwich: And putting marinara and/or ketchup on it? You’d have to go to Confession for that. The cheese is either the “Whiz” or a Provolone. Slicing the meat on a home slicer is difficult at best; especially on a slow small home slicer. Having been a chef in Long Island, NY, I use a 10” slicer that spins up at around 470 RPM’s; and the rib-eye has to be partially frozen. In that way I can slice my meat so thin, it’s only got one side.

see 115 more reviews


  1. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (19)

    Use thin rib eye and cheese whiz for authentic philly flavor.

  2. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (20)

    Use thinly sliced rib eye and loose the peppers.

  3. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (21)

    thinly sliced ribeye Amoroso bread Cheese (whiz, provolone or American) Options (Wit or witout) sautéed/grilled onions

  4. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (22)

    Use rib-eye not deli beef

  5. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich (((Authentic))) Recipe - (23)

    The recipe was good but I always thought onions took about an hour to carmalize! If you could share your secret how to do it in 8 min- that would be great!

see 1 more tweaks


I was born in 1942 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in this GREAT United States of America. I have since resided in Baltimore Maryland, Atlanta Georgia, Orlando Florida, Fort Lauderdale Florida, Los Angeles California, Selma Oregon, and now in Albuquerque New Mexico. I have enjoyed not only eating, but cooking all my life.

View Full Profile




Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich  (((Authentic))) Recipe  - (2024)


What is on an authentic Philly cheesesteak? ›

Authentic Philly Cheesesteak is made with ribeye steak that's sliced into thin slices, and topped with melted provolone cheese, white American cheese, or Cheez Whiz, as well as fried onions, all on a toasted hoagie roll. It's pure sandwich perfection!

What was the original Philly cheesesteak ingredients? ›

Although the original cheesesteak started with steak, onions, and provolone, we now consider provolone and Cheez Whiz sandwiches as classic cheesesteaks. Same with green peppers – some cheesesteak lovers can't live without them.

What type of bread is used for Philly cheesesteak? ›

Bread – we used a crusty baguette for this recipe, but you can also serve the filling over a Hoagie roll. If you to make an authentic Philly cheesesteak, you should use Amoroso roll, although you may have some trouble finding them if you're not from Philadelphia. Salt and pepper – for seasoning.

Do you put mayo on Philly cheesesteak? ›

Sauté beef until lightly browned. Stir in bell peppers and onions and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until vegetables are tender, then remove from heat. Spread each bun generously with garlic mayonnaise.

Do real Philly cheesesteaks have mayo? ›

Toppings can often include ketchup, mushrooms, mayo, sweet peppers or Italian “long hots” peppers. (Bell peppers are typically shunned.)

Do authentic Philly cheesesteaks use cheese whiz? ›

When Whiz was introduced in the 1950's people began slathering their cheesesteaks in it. They preferred the gooiness of the Whiz over its competitors which did not share the same qualities. Now, it's almost considered a sin to get a Cheesesteak without Whiz.

Do real Philly cheesesteak have peppers? ›

Peppers are not uncommon on Philly cheesesteaks but usually not the green bell peppers that most outsiders think off. Most locals ask for “sweet peppers” or “hot peppers” or both. These are multicolored marinated peppers of either no heat or jalapeño heat, often in fact jalapeños but not so named.

What is the best meat for Philly cheesesteak? ›

Ribeye steak is the only choice for a real Philly cheesesteak. You can substitute flank, skirt, top round, sirloin, or any other cut that cooks into tender, thin strips, but ribeye is the original choice.

What condiment goes on a Philly cheesesteak? ›

Cheesesteak lovers don't always put condiments on their sandwiches, but if they do it is likely to be ketchup. Other options that seem to be more common include sriracha or other types of hot sauce.

Should a cheesesteak have onions? ›

What is traditionally on a Philly Cheesesteak? The original Philly Cheesesteak include shaved beef, onions, and a hoagie roll. After a while, provolone cheese was added so the most traditional version of a Philly cheesesteak include shaved beef, onions, and cheese on a hoagie roll.

How do you keep Philly cheesesteak moist? ›

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.

What's the difference between a cheesesteak and a Philly cheesesteak? ›

However, the main difference between the two is that a Philly cheesesteak is a specific type of cheesesteak that originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is made with thinly sliced ribeye steak, grilled onions, and melted cheese, typically served on a hoagie roll.

What is the best bun for a cheesesteak? ›

As Philly cheesesteaks are from Philadelphia, so are Amoroso rolls. They've been around for over one hundred years and have acquired a reputation for excellence. They're perfect for cheesesteaks, meatballs and sausage sandwiches.

What's the difference between a Philly cheesesteak and a regular cheesesteak? ›

However, the main difference between the two is that a Philly cheesesteak is a specific type of cheesesteak that originated in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is made with thinly sliced ribeye steak, grilled onions, and melted cheese, typically served on a hoagie roll.

Does a real Philly cheesesteak have Cheese Whiz? ›

Easy Cheese is what is sold in the cans, and while some might say they are similar, nothing matches the liquid gold that is cheese whiz. The original Cheesesteak didn't even have cheese on it. It wasn't until several years later that cheese was added, and even then it wasn't even Cheese Whiz that topped the sandwiches.

Does a traditional Philly cheesesteak have ketchup? ›

Slices of cheese are then placed over the meat, letting it melt, and then the roll is placed on top of the cheese. The mixture is then scooped up with a spatula and pressed into the roll, which is then cut in half. Common additions include sautéed onions, grilled mushrooms, ketchup, hot sauce, salt, and black pepper.

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Prof. Nancy Dach

Last Updated:

Views: 6065

Rating: 4.7 / 5 (57 voted)

Reviews: 80% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Prof. Nancy Dach

Birthday: 1993-08-23

Address: 569 Waelchi Ports, South Blainebury, LA 11589

Phone: +9958996486049

Job: Sales Manager

Hobby: Web surfing, Scuba diving, Mountaineering, Writing, Sailing, Dance, Blacksmithing

Introduction: My name is Prof. Nancy Dach, I am a lively, joyous, courageous, lovely, tender, charming, open person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.