Pat’s Philly Cheese Steak (Copycat)

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The thing about a Pat’s Philly Cheese Steak is that they are the most magical sandwich you’ll ever eat but to enjoy them you have to go to Philadelphia, park in the most ridiculous environment ever where the only parking is the sidewalks around the restaurant, get in a long line that basically goes across the street and then order quick AND correctly so you don’t become everyone’s least favorite person.

My version of Pat’s Philly Cheese Steak is as close as you can get to the real thing while staying home.

The undisputed king of cheese steak subs, the magic is in the technique of Pat's Philly Cheese Steak.

I am going to just say this and you guys can take it or leave it. Take it: Buy Cheez Whiz (Do it, DO IT!) or you can use Provolone Cheese. You guys know me, I tend to stick with things that are as close to nature as possible unless I have a REALLY good reason. THIS is a really good reason! The flavor is amazing, the drippy quality of the cheese is awesome and makes the sandwich even better. Plus the authentic Pat’s Philly Cheese Steak is made with it, when you order you say “with wiz” so if you change the cheese, just be aware it won’t taste quite as authentically Pat’s.

The undisputed king of cheese steak subs, the magic is in the technique of Pat's Philly Cheese Steak.

And I mean look at that drippy melty cheese? A note if you are admiring the photos and notice the beef is slightly thicker. I used a sharp chefs knife and sliced as thinly as I could for my sandwich and left my husband’s a little thicker. Then I photograpphed HIS. Totally want to scream even typing that. The only difference was the beef was slightly thinner to begin with.

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The undisputed king of cheese steak subs, the magic is in the technique of Pat's Philly Cheese Steak. Remember everyone… one more post for tomorrow and then no more posts until 1/25/2016. I will be in San Francisco next week for the Fancy Food Show.

Recipe

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Pat's Philly Cheese Steak (Copycat)

5
  • Yield: 4
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Course: Sandwich
  • Cuisine: American
The undisputed king of cheese steak subs, the magic is in the technique of Pat's famous Cheese Steaks.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons canola oil , divided
  • 2 large onion , sliced thinly
  • 24 ounces rib eye , sliced as think as you can*
  • 6 ounces of Cheez Whiz
  • 4 crusty Sub Rolls , toasted (Amoroso is best)
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • Mayonnaise to taste on bottom of bun

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. To thinly slice the beef, put it in the freezer for 2-3 hours. This will allow you to slice it easily as thinly as you'd like.
  2. In a cast iron skillet add three tablespoons of canola oil and add the onions.
  3. Cook until they wilt and begin to yellow (we are not looking for them to brown).
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Remove from pan.
  6. Add in the last tablespoon of oil and get the pan HOT.
  7. Season the beef with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Sear on both sides quickly, browned but don't let it dry out.
  9. Add the onions back in and mix together.
  10. In a microwave safe bowl heat the Cheez Whiz up.
  11. Add the onions and beef to the rolls and top with Cheez Whiz.
  12. Enjoy immediately.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Pat's. This post contains affiliate links.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 , Amount per serving: calories

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The undisputed king of cheese steak subs, the magic is in the technique of Pat's famous Cheese Steak.

The undisputed king of cheese steak subs, the magic is in the technique of Pat's famous Cheese Steaks.
The undisputed king of cheese steak subs, the magic is in the technique of Pat's famous Cheese Steaks.
The undisputed king of cheese steak subs, the magic is in the technique of Pat's famous Cheese Steaks.
The undisputed king of cheese steak subs, the magic is in the technique of Pat's famous Cheese Steaks.

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    1. I’m a Pat’s girl through and through. We did once have the occasion to be at Genos but only because the Pat’s line was so long! 🙂 Just kidding, I have tried both and I still say Pat’s wins… That being said Genos is amazing and better than anything I’ve had outside of PA!

  1. Oh my goodness. That looks super good, my husband is a huge fan of the philly cheese steak I bet he would love these. Especially if I surprised him with them.

  2. I have to make these, they look delicious and lately steak and cheese has been my “go to” food choice! I had no idea how to make them at home, now I do!

  3. Amoroso rolls are best. Other “submarine” or “hoagie” rolls are usually too soft and can’t hold up to the hot beef, cheese and onions. In California I have found a good substitute: Bolillo rolls from a good Mexican bakery (not Walmart, theirs are soggy and wimpy)!

    1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! Sorry I just found a huge number of comments over the last three months that was snared in the spam filter and I am trying to follow up with each one now even though in your case I am way too late to help. They’re hot cherry peppers (and I always order them!).

  4. THANK YOU for keeping the real way-philly cheesesteak automatically with green peppers?! Noooo!!! We in Philly order whiz wit-whiz wit-out (with or without onions) or change your cheese…but any other toppings are an addition NOT the norm. -Thank you! 🙂 

    Rating: 5
  5. I used to travel to Philadelphia frequently for business. Pat’s uses soybean oil, not canola. And as picky as that sounds, it DOES make a taste difference. And I’m pretty sure the original doesn’t have mayo on it. Otherwise you are pretty close here. Thanks for posting!

    Rating: 4
  6. Yeah Pats was a lot better than the copycat guy across the street we did both many times when working up there showing locals how to operate and use machinery we made. Of course there was a different samich we liked a lot also was a pork samich with aju or something with it. I’d say that pork samich with broccoli was probably as good if not even better than the cheese steak samich. Where I’m from it’s all brisket samich and they blow that cheese steak away. We even do a brisket samich wit wiz and onions peppers meaning jalapeños here that’s awesome stuff. We also have butchers shops that will cut anything however you want it. I usually just have them close me up some choice ribeye for philly samich it was pretty good. 
    It’s not as good as that pork samich I had up there though I don’t know what it was called to be honest only had it maybe four times. I would bet I can figure it out by looking up the shop we went to by that bridge. Thanks for recipe anyway if you’ll post pork with broccoli samich I would make it tonight if I knew recipe or what it was called 

    1. Tony Luke’s on Oregon Ave (next to I 95 overpass). You had a roasted pork sandwich with broccoli rob and provolone on it.

  7. Just made this for lunch and it was exactly like I remember from Pat’s! Thank you for this recipe. Living in NM, getting a good Philly cheese steak is impossible and getting out to Philly regularly is fairly difficult.

    Rating: 5
  8. Okay… kids and hubby said excellent but no Cheeze Wiz in the future. Better with “real” cheese. Otherwise a keeper. Side note: don’t get really thick bread, leaner a crusty.