Confession time: I've never been to Philadelphia.
I'm not sure if I could call this an authentic Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, as I've never been to Philadelphia. But, this was a pretty good British interpretation of the classic.
According to legend, the Philly Cheesesteak was developed in the 30s by a guy named Pat Olivieri who owned a hot dog stand. One day, Pat chucked some chopped meat onto a roll and tossed in some onions. The story goes that a cabby noticed the steak sandwich and asked to try one. Thus, the steak sandwich was born. Pat Olivieri opened up Pat's King of Steaks to sell these delicious cheesesteak sandwiches and they're still there today! And to make the story even more exciting, apparently there's a rival restaurant across the street from Pat's, called Geno's Steaks who claim it was the founder Joe Vento, who first added cheese to the cheesesteak creation.
Point of the story is, I would love to go to both and decide for myself who the winner is. How awesome would a USA foodie road trip be?!
The authentic recipes use either provolone or American cheese. But I felt chucking on some plastic American cheese, defeated the point of using good quality steak. Anyhoo, here's what I used.
Let's steak it away, with chopping the onions and garlic. Grate the cheese (if you're using cheddar) and chop the pepper then leave both to one side.
For the relish, fry the onions and garlic in a pan on a medium heat. Add the paprika, salt, pepper, soy and tomato paste. Combine until some of the excess liquid has reduced, then remove from the heat.
Rub the oil onto the steaks and season with salt and pepper.
I like my steak medium-rare, but feel free to cook to your liking. For a steak this size, 2 minutes on each side was perfectly medium-rare.
Leave to rest for 5 minutes to keep the juicy goodness in, then cut into strips.
Smother the bread with a generous helping of mayonnaise. Layer the sandwich with rocket, chopped pepper, the relish, steak strips and grated cheese. Then whack it under the grill for 2 minutes just to melt the cheese.
There you have it, my interpretation of the Philly Cheesesteak - Cheesed to meat you!
Molly, 23, London.
A tiny food pornographer, with a minor addiction to burgers and sushi. Following a dairy-free diet not by choice, but forever choosing to eat cheese and chocolate.