Philly Inspired French Dip

I am originally from Pennsylvania, went to college in Philadelphia. There is always a debate on which Philly Cheesesteak was better, Pat’s or Geno’s….

Me, I was always a fan of Geno’s. So much so, that when my husband would work in the Philadelphia area I would ask him to bring me back a Geno’s Cheesesteak. Am I crazy?? A 4-hour journey home with a Geno’s Cheesesteak, maybe. But they are just so good in Philly on the sidewalk as they are reheated after a 4 hour journey!!!

Diehards line up 24/7 for the cheesesteaks served up at this no-frills veteran spot.

So, considering our current living situation, where traveling isn’t recommended unless its ‘essential’ I re-created a Philly inspired sandwich to curb my craving tonight.

Here we go!


For the Cheese Sauce:
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 6 slices American cheese, torn in pieces
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Tsp of sriracha sauce
For the Steak:
  • 1 lb strip steak
  • 2 tsp soy sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 4 sub, hoagie rolls

Directions for Cheese:

  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter, until foamy.
  • Add flour, stir for about 2-3 minutes
  • Whisk in milk, bring to a boil. Reduce heat and thickened slightly
  • Add in the cheese, salt and sriracha and stir until smooth
  • Remove from heat and cover to keep warm

Directions for Steak:

  • Slice the steak, thinly against the grain. Place in a bowl and toss in soy sauce, and season with salt and pepper
  • In a large skillet, heat oil over high heat. Add the onion and cook until browned and softened. Season with salt, add in the garlic and continue to cook
  • Add the meat and cook through until tender
  • Once meat is cooked, transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm
  • Add the broth to the skillet and bring to a boil, reduce the heat and boil to reduce the liquid to make a jus
  • Prepare your rolls, by toasting them. Divide the steak mixture among the rolls, drizzle the jus evenly over the meat mixture
  • Serve with the cheese sauce, dipping as you eat.

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