Some of us love the game. Some of us love the commercials. And let's be honest: some of us are just in it for the food.
Since the Philadelphia Eagles are taking on the New England Patriots this weekend, it only seems right to feature a fan favorite that almost everybody can agree on … Philly cheese steak sandwiches!
The Origins of the Philly Cheese Steak
Traditionally, this sandwich made with thinly sliced steak and melted cheese, piled high on a hoagie roll. Dating back to the 1930s, it was invented in (surprise!) south Philadelphia. While the original story is debated a bit, some say that a hot dog vendor was making himself a sandwich with chopped beef and grilled onions, the aroma caught the attention of a local cab driver, and well – the rest was history.
Today some people top theirs with provolone, lettuce and tomato. Others swear by Cheez Whiz®. (Who knew, right?)
Our easy version: Slow Cooker Cheese Steak Sandwiches! Loaded with tender strips of steak and mild peppers, these melt-in-your-mouth sandwiches are dolloped with creamy, gloriously gooey cheese. Best of all, the steak slowly cooks all day in your slow cooker, so you can set it and forget it until game time – or dinnertime.
Ready for the Play-by-Play?
Here's how to make the sandwiches this weekend, complete with tips and photos. See the full recipe here »
(P.S. This recipe is also included in the One-Pot 10-Meal Kit, which includes 10 delicious dinners – all made using one pot or your slow cooker.)
Step 1: Slice & Season
Grab a cutting board, and thinly slice 1½ pounds beef chuck steak and season it with salt and pepper. Slice 1 bell pepper and a small onion, too.
Note: While green bell peppers are more traditional for Philly cheese steak, our family loves the sweeter red ones. Use whatever variety you'd like!
Step 2: Go Low & Slow
In your slow cooker, combine 1 tablespoon Garlic Garlic™ Seasoning, 1½ teaspoons Rustic Herb Seasoning, ½ cup beef broth and ½ packet Philly Cheese Steak Warm Dip Mix.
Add your sliced beef and veggies, tossing it all together to coat.
Cook on LOW 4-5 hours and strain off the liquid.
Step 3: Get Saucy
In a microwave-safe bowl, microwave ½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese for 30 seconds. Whisk in ¼ cup whole milk and the remaining Philly Cheese Steak Warm Dip Mix.
Microwave 30 additional seconds. Whisk in ½ cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, and microwave another 45-60 seconds or until the sauce is delightfully melted and creamy.
And that's it! Top toasted buns with your slow-cooked steak, veggies and a generous drizzle of cheesy goodness.
You can even use slider buns to make snack-size sandwiches if you're entertaining a crowd this weekend. And with food this delicious … everybody wins!
Tips & Hints:
- Like I mentioned above, you can pile your toppings onto toasted hoagie rolls, pretzel buns (like I did!) or slider buns for smaller sandwiches.
- Serve with waffle fries, crisp veggie sticks and/or fresh fruit.
- If you slice your steak on the thicker side, simply slow cook it an extra hour to ensure it's fork-tender.
- Any leftovers? Roll up the juicy steak, peppers and a drizzle of cheese sauce in wheat tortillas for heat-and-serve cheese steak wraps.