Philly Cheesesteaks

Making Philly Cheesesteaks on a Blackstone griddle is a game-changer for your taste buds. The combination of thinly sliced ribeye steak, coated in butter and oil, and topped with your favorite cheese makes this sandwich a must-try. With a crunchy Amoroso roll holding everything together, it brings a taste of Philadelphia straight to your backyard.

Preheating your Blackstone griddle to about 400 degrees Fahrenheit ensures that your ingredients cook evenly and quickly, preserving all their flavors. Start by adding oil and butter to the griddle, followed by cooking your onions and bell peppers until they are soft and lightly charred. This step adds a delicious, smoky taste to the vegetables.

Next, it’s time to cook the star of the show—thinly sliced ribeye steak. It cooks quickly on the hot griddle, retaining its juiciness and tenderness. Once the steak is ready, mix it with the cooked vegetables, add cheese, and allow it to melt thoroughly. Toast your buns on the griddle for that perfect crisp finish, and assemble your Philly Cheesesteak masterpiece. Enjoy the perfect blend of flavors in each bite, all thanks to the versatility of the Blackstone griddle.

Essential Ingredients and Alternatives

Selecting the right ingredients can make or break your Blackstone Philly cheesesteaks. It’s crucial to choose the best meat, cheese, bread, and vegetables for the most authentic and tasty experience.

Choosing the Right Meat

When making Philly cheesesteaks, ribeye is the most popular choice due to its rich flavor and marbling. You can ask your butcher to shave the steak thinly, ensuring it cooks quickly and evenly on the griddle.

Alternatives include sirloin and flank steak, both of which offer good flavors but may be slightly leaner compared to ribeye. If you’re in a hurry, pre-packaged shaved steak from the grocery store works too. For an indulgent twist, try using leftover smoked prime rib.

Selecting Cheese for Authentic Flavor

Traditional Philly cheesesteaks usually feature Provolone cheese, Cheese Whiz, or White American cheese. Provolone offers a sharp and tangy taste that complements the savory steak.

Cheese Whiz provides a creamy, gooey texture that many cheesesteak purists swear by. White American cheese melts easily and adds a subtle, creamy flavor. You can choose based on your preference or mix different types for a unique flavor profile. Each cheese choice brings a specific texture and taste to your sandwich.

Bread and Vegetables

The bread is another crucial component. Hoagie rolls are the traditional choice due to their softness and ability to hold up to the juicy steak and melty cheese. Look for fresh hoagie rolls at your local bakery or grocery store.

Essential vegetables include onions and bell peppers. Yellow onions add sweetness when cooked, while green bell peppers provide a slight bitterness. Red bell peppers add a touch of sweetness and color to your sandwich. You can also add mushrooms for extra umami flavor.

By carefully selecting these ingredients, you’ll master the art of making authentic and delicious Blackstone Philly cheesesteaks.

Cooking Instructions and Techniques

Philly cheesesteak ingredients sizzling on the blackstone griddle, spatula flipping steak and onions, cheese melting, buns toasting nearby

For a perfect Blackstone Philly cheesesteak, you need to set the griddle to the right temperature, assemble the sandwich correctly, and know how to serve and store it.

Griddle Setup and Temperature Control

Set your Blackstone griddle to medium-high heat. Preheat for about 10-15 minutes.

Drizzle olive oil or a mix of butter and oil on the griddle. You can also add garlic powder and seasonings.

Cook thinly sliced ribeye steak on the hot side. Avoid overcrowding to ensure proper searing. Use a spatula to mix and flip the steak.

When the steak is almost done, push it to a cooler area and quickly sauté onions and bell peppers.

Assembling the Philly Cheesesteak

Lay out hoagie rolls with the cut side down on the griddle. Let them toast for 3-5 minutes or until golden.

On the hot side, combine the cooked steak with vegetables. Place slices of Provolone cheese or Cheez Whiz on top to melt.

Once the cheese is melted, use a spatula to scoop the mixture into the hoagie rolls, creating a perfectly balanced sandwich.

Serving and Storage Tips

Serve your sandwiches immediately for the best taste.

If you need to store leftovers, place them in an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

To reheat, use the griddle on low heat to warm the steak mixture. Toast the rolls separately.

For longer storage, you can freeze the steak mixture in a freezer-safe bag, keeping it for up to 2 months.

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