Outside of Ben Franklin and the Liberty Bell, the Philly Cheesesteak is probably the most iconic thing that people associate with the city of Brotherly Love. And while the cheesesteak might be Philly's most popular sandwich, it’s not without imitators. So were here to show you how to make a proper steak - just like you’d get in South Philly - as well as some variations that are … nontraditional.
1. The Basic, Authentic Philly Cheesesteak
When it comes to a Philly cheesesteak, there are only four ingredients you need to worry about - thinly sliced rib eye cheese (either American, sharp or mild provolone, Whiz), fried onions (if you like them) on an Italian roll. Follow our guide and you’ll be making a steak just like one you’d find on the streets of Philadelphia. Get our Basic Philly Cheesesteak recipe.
2. Belcampo’s Philly Cheesesteak
Sort of a traditional cheesesteak, just with a few tweaks. Belcampo’s version swaps the Italian roll with a French and adds in sautéed red and green peppers. Topped with a homemade whiz, this sandwich is a tasty sister sandwich to the Philly classic. Get our Belcampo’s Philly Cheesesteak recipe.
3. Philly Cheesesteak Potato Skins
Let’s just get this out of the way - potato skins are in fact not a sandwich (duh). And now that we have that covered, our cheesesteak potato skins take everything that’s good about the cheesesteak and puts it in bite-size form. Get our Philly Cheesesteak Potato Skins recipe.
4. Steak-Joint Chicago Cheesesteaks
This creative take, from the Food Network’s Jeff Mauro, uses three kinds of cheese - provolone, ricotta and cheddar - and finishes the sandwich with a heavy scoop of giardiniera, a pickled Italian relish. Get the recipe here.
5. Bulgogi Philly Cheesesteak
Spicy beef bulgogi is the star of this Korean inspired Philly steak from Hapa nom nom. The marinade includes garlic, onions, soy sauce, sesame oil and gochujang (Korean red pepper paste). Get the recipe here.
6. Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak
For a super simple weeknight meal, try this spicy take on the Philly steak. It’s not super authentic but who doesn’t love cheese, buffalo sauce, chicken and fried onions on a hoagie roll. Get the recipe here.
7. New York Style Asiago Cheesesteak
This New York spin from Food52 ups the flavor with the addition of marinated steak - using wine, tarragon and garlic - a zesty sauce and asiago cheese slices. Get the recipe here.
8. The Philly Reuben Sandwich
While a vegetarian Philly cheese-seitan / Reuben mash-up sounds like something out of the kitchen of Chopped, we think you’ll like this recipe from Keep It Kind. It’s good enough to make you forget about steak - for one meal at least. Get the recipe here.
9. Screaming Eagle Cheesesteak Sub
Adapted from the original Screaming Eagle, a Boston College dining hall staple, this take on the Philly cheesesteak is something any ‘Birds fan could get behind. It’s got fried onions, peppers, mushrooms and sharp cheddar. Plus the name.. E A G L E S EAGLES! Get the recipe here.
10. Philly Cheesesteak Pierogi
The criminally underrated pierogi get’s a Philly makeover with a cheesesteak stuffed version from the kitchen of Serious Eats. Perfect for the upcoming football/tailgating season. Get the recipe here.
Dan McKay is a Canadian actor, film director, screenwriter, and musician—oh wait, that's Ryan Gosling. Dan is a Philly-based freelance writer, photographer, and digital marketer. He has written for Eater and Thrillist, in addition to other publications. Outside of work, you might run across him in the Asian market or in one of Philly’s local drinking establishments.