Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes: A Fusion of Flavors
Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, is known for its rich history, iconic landmarks, and perhaps most importantly, its culinary contributions. One of the city’s most celebrated culinary treasures is the Philly Cheesesteak. This beloved sandwich features thinly sliced steak, sautéed onions, and green bell peppers, all smothered in melted cheese and tucked into a soft hoagie roll. It’s a mouthwatering masterpiece that has captured the hearts and taste buds of millions.
On the other side of the sandwich spectrum, we have the Sloppy Joe. This classic American comfort food consists of a hearty ground meat mixture, often seasoned with tomato sauce and various spices, and it’s typically served on a hamburger bun. The Sloppy Joe’s messy, flavorful goodness has made it a staple at picnics, potlucks, and family gatherings for generations.
Now, imagine a culinary fusion that combines the best of both worlds: the bold, savory flavors of the Philly Cheesesteak with the comforting, messy delight of a Sloppy Joe. Enter the Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joe – a culinary creation that will make your taste buds sing with joy.
In this 1000-word culinary journey, we’ll explore the art of making Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes from scratch. By the time you finish reading, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and inspiration to whip up this delectable dish in your own kitchen.
The Ingredients: Crafting the Perfect Flavor Profile
Before we dive into the cooking process, let’s take a closer look at the essential ingredients that make Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes shine:
- Ground Beef: You’ll need a pound of ground beef to serve as the flavorful base of your Sloppy Joes. While traditional Philly Cheesesteak uses thinly sliced steak, ground beef offers a convenient and equally delicious alternative.
- Onion and Green Bell Pepper: These vegetables provide a burst of freshness and crunch to contrast with the richness of the meat and cheese. Finely chop one medium onion and one green bell pepper.
- Garlic: For added depth of flavor, two cloves of minced garlic will do the trick.
- Butter: To sauté the vegetables and add a rich, buttery flavor to the mix, you’ll need two tablespoons of butter.
- Flour: Two tablespoons of all-purpose flour will help thicken the Sloppy Joe filling to the perfect consistency.
- Beef Broth: One cup of beef broth adds depth and savory notes to the mixture.
- Ketchup: Two tablespoons of ketchup bring a touch of sweetness and tanginess to the sauce.
- Worcestershire Sauce: A tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce contributes complexity and depth of flavor.
- Salt and Pepper: Season to taste with salt and black pepper to enhance the overall flavor.
- Provolone Cheese: The signature cheesy goodness of Philly Cheesesteak comes from provolone cheese. You’ll need a cup of shredded provolone cheese.
- Hamburger Buns: To serve your Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes, grab four hamburger buns or soft hoagie rolls.
Preparing Your Culinary Canvas
With your ingredients assembled, it’s time to embark on the culinary adventure of creating Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes. Follow these steps to bring this mouthwatering dish to life:
1. Sautéing the Aromatics:
Begin by melting the two tablespoons of butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the finely chopped onion and green bell pepper, and sauté for approximately 3-4 minutes, or until they become tender and fragrant.
2. Infusing Flavor with Garlic:
Add the minced garlic to the sautéed vegetables and cook for an additional minute, allowing the garlic’s aroma to envelop the kitchen.
3. Brown the Ground Beef:
It’s time to introduce the star of the show, the ground beef. Add it to the skillet with the sautéed vegetables, breaking it up into small pieces with a spatula. Continue cooking until the beef is browned and no longer pink.
4. Thicken with Flour:
To achieve the perfect Sloppy Joe consistency, sprinkle the two tablespoons of all-purpose flour over the meat and vegetables. Stir vigorously to combine and cook for 1-2 minutes to eliminate the raw flour taste.
5. Introducing the Liquid Gold:
Pour in the one cup of beef broth, followed by the two tablespoons of ketchup and one tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce. Give everything a thorough stir to ensure that the flavors meld together beautifully. Let the mixture simmer for about 5-7 minutes, or until it thickens to your desired consistency. If it becomes too thick, don’t hesitate to add a bit more beef broth.
6. Sautéing the Cheesesteak Toppings:
While your Sloppy Joe mixture is simmering to perfection, it’s time to prepare the cheesesteak toppings. In a separate skillet, heat one tablespoon of vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add thinly sliced mushrooms, green bell peppers, and onions to the pan. Sauté these vegetables until they become tender and develop a delightful caramelization, which usually takes around 5-7 minutes. Season them with salt and black pepper to taste.
7. Assemble Your Culinary Masterpiece:
With both the Sloppy Joe mixture and cheesesteak toppings ready, it’s time to bring it all together.
- Begin by splitting your hamburger buns or hoagie rolls. You can lightly toast them if desired for added texture and warmth.
- Spoon a generous portion of the Sloppy Joe mixture onto the bottom half of each bun.
- Layer the sautéed mushrooms, green bell peppers, and onions on top of the Sloppy Joe mixture.
- Now, it’s time for the pièce de résistance – the provolone cheese. Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded provolone cheese over each sandwich, allowing it to melt and meld with the other flavors.
- Finally, crown your Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes with the top half of the bun, completing this delectable culinary creation.
8. Savor the Flavors:
Your homemade Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes are ready to be savored. Serve them immediately while they’re hot and the cheese is gloriously gooey.
Conclusion: A Culinary Masterpiece
In this 1000-word exploration, we’ve delved into the world of Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes, a fusion of flavors that brings together the best of two iconic sandwiches. From the savory ground beef mixture to the sautéed vegetables and the luscious provolone cheese, each ingredient plays a crucial role in crafting this culinary masterpiece.
Philly Cheesesteak Sloppy Joes are more than just a meal; they’re a celebration of creativity in the kitchen. Whether you’re enjoying them at a family dinner or serving them at a gathering of friends, these sandwiches are sure to delight everyone lucky enough to taste them. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and embark on a flavorful journey that combines the heartiness of a Sloppy Joe with the elegance of a Philly Cheesesteak. Your taste buds will thank you for it.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1 small onion, finely diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup reduced sodium beef broth
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 ½ teaspoons beef bouillon
- 2 tablespoons ketchup
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp EACH dried oregano, dried parsley
- ½ tsp EACH salt, pepper, dried basil, paprika
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, more or less to taste
- 3/4 cup freshly grated sharp cheddar cheese
- 6 brioche hamburger buns
- softened butter or mayo for brushing (optional)
- 6 slices provolone cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Split buns and lay them cut side up on a large baking tray (15×21). Lightly brush the cut sides with softened butter or mayonnaise (optional for crispier/more flavorful buns). Bake for 5 minutes to toast the buns. Meanwhile you can continue with the recipe:
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onions and bell peppers and cook until beef is browned and onions are softened, about 7 minutes. Add garlic, and sauté 30 seconds.
In a liquid measuring cup (or small bowl), whisk the beef broth, cornstarch and beef bouillon together until smooth. Add to the meat mixture followed by the ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon and all seasonings.
Gently simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, but the mixture is still a little saucy, about 5 minutes.
Stir in the sharp cheddar cheese until melted. Taste and season with salt, pepper, red pepper flakes to taste (I like more salt). Keep in mind the flavors will be diluted with the cheese and buns.
Divide mixture between the bottom toasted buns and top each with a slice of provolone cheese. Bake (leaving both top and bottoms cut side up) at 400 degrees F for 5-10 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Top the sandwiches and serve immediately.
TIPS AND TRICKS
- Beef bouillon: Is a secret ingredient that adds a complex depth of flavor. Use 1 ½ teaspoons of beef bouillon, better than bouillon, or granulated beef bouillon. If using cubes, use 1 1/2; crush and add directly to the sauce – don’t dissolve in water first.
- Turkey: Feel free to replace the lean ground beef with lean ground turkey or ground chicken. To help it taste nice and beefy, omit the salt and add 2-3 teaspoons additional beef bouillon then add salt to taste. This is my secret in all my turkey recipes like my Turkey Chili and Turkey Tacos.
- Recipe Variations: See post for many more tasty variations and fun ideas how to use the filling such as on potatoes, taquitos, grilled cheese, etc.
- Prep Ahead: The filling can be prepped completely ahead of time and refrigerated then gently reheat on the stove. The filling can also be added to the slow cooker to stay warm for game time/party time/crowd time or simply ready for dinner/family time with just the lift of the lid. Now just toast those buns and you’re all set!
HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT
- To store: Store the filling separately from the buns in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- To freeze: The buns and filling freeze wonderfully if kept separate. To freeze the filling, let it cool completely then transfer to an airtight freezer safe container. Freeze for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, let meat thaw overnight before reheating.
- To reheat in the microwave: Transfer small portions of the filling to a microwave safe dish, heat for one minute, stir then continue to heat at 30 second intervals.
- To reheat on the stove: Rewarm the filling gently in a large skillet, stirring often. Add a splash of water if the filling seems dry.
- Slow cooker: Heat on low for 1-2 hours.
Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size 6
Amount Per ServingCalories 4607Total Fat 279gSaturated Fat 143gTrans Fat 7gUnsaturated Fat 109gCholesterol 1377mgSodium 8262mgCarbohydrates 258gFiber 12gSugar 56gProtein 263g
The information contained herein is subject to change.