Ever since I began trying to bake Hoagie Grinder Rolls my friend and I have been planning a Philly Cheesesteak event using my rolls and his recipe for amazing steak. Tonight, that plan materialized and we gave our best shot at doing Philly Cheesesteaks tag team style!
One of the remarkable things about this night was the fact that we did nothing at all in advance but buy ingredients. Beginning at 5:00 I started the dough for rolls and he started prepping the steak and toppings. I think the freshness of the end product was due largely to this fact.
While I made fresh Hoagie Rolls, my friend chopped mushrooms and onions for sautee and coated his steak with oil, kosher salt and cracked pepper. As I was rolling and proofing the rolls, he was browning the steak and melting the cheese (we used canned cheddar cheese soup for the “cheese whiz” sauce topping).
As the rolls cooled we sliced the steak and then put everything together on a plate. In original Philadelphia style, we drenched the bun with melted cheese, then added steak, sauteed onions and mushrooms, then more cheese. These were by far some of the best steak hoagies I’ve ever eaten! The combination of fresh rolls and hot steak resulted in a flavor good beyond words. It tasted so good, I ate two.
As for the tag team approach, I think this was great fun and really added to the excitement of the night. I think we’ll be doing this again for sure. When we do, I’ll be sure to write about it here. Don’t these pictures make you hungry? Mmmmmm…