Philadelphia Cheese Steak Sandwich

Who knew it could be so easy to make a Philadelphia Cheese Steak Sandwich at home? I always thought it was too complicated until J found this scrumptious recipe. The hardest part was slicing the meat!

Ingredients:
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, sliced as thin as possible and rings separated (we didn’t keep them in rings)
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms (canned is fine! We used the little can)
2 green peppers, sliced
12 ounces chipped steak (very thin-sliced eye of round, ribeye, or sirloin tip roast cut into 1-inch slices) We used boneless ribeye.
Salt and coarsely-ground black pepper
Provolone cheese slices
4 hoagie rolls (we got them from the bakery section of our favorite grocer)
Dill pickle spears (side)
Peperoncini (side)

Directions:
In a large frying pan over high heat, add olive oil and heat so that a drop of water will sizzle when you drop it in the oil; lower heat to medium. Add onions and mushrooms, stir and cook until mushrooms darken and onions start to look transparent. Add steak slices and cook for approximately 3 minutes or until meat is lightly browned.

Add salt and pepper to taste.  Slice bread lengthwise. Using a spatula, scoop 1/4 the meat mixture on to the bread. Top with 2 slices of Provolone cheese for each sandwich. Put in a warm oven on low broil. Monitor the sandwiches.

When the cheese is melted into the sandwich and the bread is starting to brown, remove from the oven.

My opinion:
So good. So filling. Next time we’ll caramelize the onions a little longer and toast the hoagies before adding the filling.

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Homemade Popcorn

Until I made this I didn’t believe it was just as easy as microwave popcorn. Seriously, it is. And tastes so much better! Not to mention, so much less expensive!

Ingredients:
white or yellow popcorn kernels
1/4 cup canola oil
1-2 tbs butter
salt to taste

Directions:
In a saucepan, add the canola oil. Drop in one kernel. Heat over medium high heat. When the one kernel pops, add more popcorn until it covers the bottom. Shake gently, put the lid back one and return to heat. When popping slows, remove from heat.

My Opinion:
I was absolutely amazed at how easy this was. We put the hot popcorn into metal bowl and drizzled melted butter and salt. It was as good if not better then movie theater popcorn!

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