I think I’ve found my new favorite store.
There’s a freihofer’s bakery outlet right down the road from me. I’ve never been in it because it closes pretty early in the day… but now that I have, I will find a way to get in there whenever I need bread, rolls, or english muffins. Don’t worry, they also sell the awesome unhealthy freihofer’s products too (miniature cookies mmm).
I bought six 12 inch sub rolls for $2.50… great deal, but I only needed one. Now I’m going to have to eat subs for the next 5 days so these don’t go bad.
On to the steak and cheese!
My local grocer has shaved steak behind the counter (this week was even cheaper than usual at $3.50 per pound). If the store doesn’t have shaved steak, the butcher will most definitely shave it for you if requested. A second option is to do it yourself… freeze the steak (not completely frozen) and cut very thinly with a sharp knife.
I’m a steak noob, I don’t particularly know what differentiates each cut of meat… I do know that an authentic Philly Cheesesteak uses Rib Eye, but that’s expensive. Flat iron steak and New York strip are suitable replacements (from what I hear) for us poor folk.
I didn’t have peppers like I thought I did so I just stuck with the onions. Chopped em up, sauteed them, and then set them aside while I cooked the steak.
While the steak is cooking, tear it apart into even smaller pieces using two wooden spatulas (or some tongs). Once the meat is no longer pink add the vegetables and cheese to the pan and mix with the steak.
Create a pocket in your warmed roll and spoon the meat in (overflowing if possible). Half of a sub filled me up, which is a shame because I wanted to eat the whole thing.
Steak, sauteed peppers and onions, and melted cheese inside of a warm Italian roll.
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Slice the onion and pepper thinly. When the skillet is hot add oil, onion, and pepper. Stir while cooking for about 5 minutes. Add salt/pepper and remove vegetables from pan.
Place rolls in oven to warm up.
Add the shaved steak to the pan. While the steak is cooking, stir and break up the steak into smaller pieces. Continue cooking until meat is no longer pink, about 3 minutes.
Mix in vegetables and cheese. Once the cheese has melted, remove the rolls from oven and slice down the center creating a pocket... spoon meat into the rolls.