How to Make a Philly Cheesesteak with.. . Steak-ums

published by nikern20 on Mar 10, 2010

Part two of my Cheesesteak series! Most meat mongers won’t freeze their rib eye and slice it extremely thin for you. This presents the problem of no cheesesteaks on the west coast! I’m here with a solution.

So what is a Steak-Um?  It’s a flat frozen sheet of beef, it’s in the frozen aisle and yes it only says BEEF on the ingredients section.  Is it ground, is it shaved?  I have no idea, but when you open the box/plastic, there are between7-16 beef sheets depending on which box you get.  The sheets are separated by parchment paper and the beef sheets are also 2 sheets of beef. . . frozen together for some mysterious reason I don’t know.

What does this have to do with cheesesteaks?  I have been cooking with these weird little beef sheets since I was about 8, and I know how to make them as close to a real Philly Cheesesteak as they can get. 

Time to start cooking!

Other Articles in my Cheesesteak Saga:

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  • 2 Beef Sheets
  • 1/4 Sweet Onion – Sliced
  • 1/4 Green Bell Pepper – Sliced
  • 1 Tsp Minced OR Crushed Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • 1/2 Tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tsp Black pepper
  • TINY pinch salt
  • 1 tsp Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb
  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 6′ Amoroso Roll (or any hoagie roll I guess)
  • 2 Slices American Cheese or Provolone
  • Ketchup


  • Bring a Medium Pan to Medium High Heat, Add Oil
  • When Oil starts to emit smoke, add Onions and Bell Peppers
  • After 2 Minutes add the Garlic and stir the veggies
  • Cook for about 10 minutes or until all the veggies are nice and caramelized
  • In a small bowl, break up your Steak-Ums into 1/4-1/2 inch pieces with your hands
  • When the beef sheets are broken into beef shards, add the Hot Sauce, Worcestershire Sauce, Salt, Pepper, and Mrs. Dash
  • Combine Thoroughly
  • Add the coated Steak-Um bits to the veggie pan and fry until the meat starts to turn slightly brown = 4-5 mins
  • ****Optional**** Add Ketchup to the meat and veggie combo and Stir Fry until the Ketchup is warm
  • Drain the mixture
  • Turn pan to low heat, and return mixture to heat
  • Top the meat with your cheese, and put a lid on it for 1-2 minutes or until the cheese is thoroughly melted
  • At this point I like to turn off the heat, chop up the meat and cheese and veggies even more with a metal slotted spoon, until the cheese and Ketchup* are all over every little morsel
  • Pour the delicious steak delight onto your Amoroso Roll and enjoy with French Fries, Herr’s Potato Chips, or a salad if you still believe there’s anyway of being healthy and eating a Cheesesteak

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I hope this has been informative for those who have wanted cheesesteaks but have never had the opportunity due to location, for those are transplants like myself and just plain miss the steaky goodness, and for those who don’t even know, but do now!  ENJOY!

3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by nikern20
    March 10th, 2010 at 5:06 pm #

    Also, if you have Cheese Whiz, don’t fear it, embrace it. Smother this beast even more with Whizzy goodness

  2. # 2 by ceegirl
    March 10th, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    will try, thanks for this recipe

  3. # 3 by ScottLanter
    November 1st, 2012 at 12:41 am #

    Hey, thanks for keeping this recipe in the archives. I just found it tonight and it\’ll come in handy this Friday night when we\’re having Cheese Steak night. Thanks a bunch! This will work perfectly!!!

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