The dish was first created in the 1930s by a hot dog vendor named Pat Olivieri who operated a cart near the Italian market and decided to try something different by using thinly sliced beef instead of hot dogs. The sandwich quickly gained popularity, and Olivieri soon opened his restaurant, Pat's King of Steaks, starring the new hit sandwich.
Today, Philly cheesesteaks can be found in restaurants and food trucks all over the world, and they are often made with variations on the classic recipe. One such variation uses minced beef instead of sliced, which can be a more budget-friendly and convenient option.
Mince Philly Cheesesteak: A Budget-friendly Twist on a Classic
1 pound ground beef
1 large onion, sliced
1 green pepper, sliced
6 slices of provolone cheese
6 hoagie rolls
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
Add the onion and green pepper and sauté until the vegetables are soft and lightly caramelized. Remove the vegetables from the skillet and set aside.
In the same skillet, add the minced beef and cook until it is browned and cooked through. Use a wooden spoon to break up any large chunks of meat.
Once the meat is cooked, add the cooked onions and green peppers back into the skillet and mix well.
Season the mixture with salt and pepper to taste.
Cut the hoagie rolls in half and place them on a baking sheet. Toast the rolls in the oven until they are lightly crispy.
Place a slice of provolone cheese on top of the meat mixture in the skillet and stir until the cheese is melted and evenly distributed.
Using a spatula, scoop the meat mixture onto the toasted hoagie rolls.
Serve hot and enjoy your delicious minced Philly cheesesteak!
You can also add other toppings to your Philly cheesesteak, such as mushrooms, jalapenos, or even hot sauce if you’re feeling spicy. It all depends on your preference!