When lockdown started we all may have been happy to sit together as a family to have good home cooked meals. However, some of you may have realized quickly that nobody in the family knows how to cook or if they can cook, then you quickly got tired of hot dogs and boiled eggs. I created this segment to help you out with switching up the family meal options — at least until life gets back to normal as we know it.
One of my favorites that I like to cook for my children are Philly cheese steaks. You can have these by themselves or you can add a side of fries, chips or even potato salad if you wish. I usually make them with chips because its quick and easy and besides, how can you go wrong with simply opening a bag of potato chips?
- Fresh, Sliced Roast Beef
- Bell Pepper
- White American or Provolone Cheese
- Hoagie Bread
- Olive oil (or vegetable oil)
- Salt (or seasoning salt) and pepper
Start by cutting up the meat, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms into small pieces (or large ones if you like). I would advise that you get fresh cut roast beef from the butcher because the prepackaged stuff is a bit disgusting. Then get your best frying pan. Pour in about a tablespoon (or for those who are less competent when it comes to measuring like me, use a capful) of olive oil or vegetable oil. Get the grease hot (but not burn down the house scorching). Grab a handful of mushrooms, then peppers, then onions and then meat and toss them all in the pan. Keep tossing the items together in the pan with a spatula until the meat and the vegetables start to brown (notice I said brown not black). Sprinkle in some salt and pepper. Add the cheese on top, turn the stove off and cover the pan with a lid so the cheese can melt. If you happen to like your hoagie toasted, then move the ingredients over in the pan after its done (while the cheese is still melting) and place the hoagie bread in (open and face down). Cover with a lid for a few seconds. Keep checking the bread to make sure that it is lightly toasted. Don’t let the bread burn. Once it’s toasted to your delight, take the hoagie bread out and put it on the plate followed by the Philly meat. The outer part of the bread will be warm and soft and the center will be crunchy. Yummy. If you don’t like your bread toasted, just remove the meat from the pan and put it on the hoagie bread. You can add some mayo if you like or whatever other condiments you want. (P.S. I just discovered that my mom likes ketchup on her Philly cheese steak. YUCK!)
Now, it’s time to chow down.
I hope you like this segment of my blog. Check back for more food ideas during the lockdown. If you have any questions about preparing this meal, leave them in the comments section or contact me directly here.
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