Philly Cheesesteak 2 Ways: Pat's vs. Geno's

April 23, 2014 AT 4:05 PM
Two iconic Philadelphia restaurants - Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks - vie for the unofficial title of best Philly cheesesteak. While both serve up superb sandwiches, avid fans will tell you that they differ in a few crucial ways. Watch the video to learn how to make sandwiches inspired by both (and for a crash course in Philly-cheesesteak history), and then conduct your own taste test between the two. From POPSUGAR Food Philly Cheesesteak, 2 Ways Ingredients1 pound rib-eye steak Vegetable oil 1 large white onion, thinly sliced Salt Pepper Seasoning salt 1 crusty Italian roll 1 soft hoagie roll 2 tablespoons butter, at room temperature 4 tablespoons Cheez Whiz 2 slices provolone cheese Thinly sliced bell peppers, sautéed (optional) Directions Freeze the steak until firm, at least 8 hours. This will make it easier to slice thinly. Once firm, slice it as thinly as you can. Heat a pan over medium-high heat; once it's hot, add 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. Add onions, and sauté them until they start to become translucent and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Next, brush the steak with oil, and season it generously with salt, pepper, and seasoning salt. Add meat to the onions, and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring once. Separate the meat and-onion mixture into 2 distinct piles. For the Pat's-style cheesesteak, chop up the meat with a metal spatula. While the meat is cooking, slice the rolls in half lengthwise, spread 1 tablespoon of butter on the insides of each roll, and toast them with a little butter in a separate pan. (The crusty roll is for the Pat's-style cheesesteak, and the softer roll is for the Geno's-style cheesesteak.) Add your cheeses to the meat-and-onion mixture. For the Pat's-style cheesesteak, use Cheez Whiz, and use provolone for the Geno's-style cheesesteak. Once cheese is melted, use a spatula to scoop the meat, onion, and cheese mixture onto the center of the bread. Top with sautéed peppers (if using). Serve hot. Information Category Sandwiches, Main Dishes Yield 2 sandwiches print recipe