Sunday, July 31, 2011
Today I decided to make Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches, but with a twist. I wanted to top off my sandwiches with some of the yummy Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz, that I had made on Friday.
The first thing I did was make my sweet potato fries. I put foil down on my baking pan in order to ensure an easy clean up. I then spread out my fries in a single layer on the pan. Next I sprayed them with PAM Olive Oil Spray, and sprinkled them with kosher salt, thyme and some crumbled bacon. I baked them in the oven at 410 degrees (the bag says to only cook them at 400, but I find turning up the oven helps make the fries a bit more crispy), for 15-16 minutes.
While my fries were baking I started making the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches. I cooked two Rib Eye steaks in a screaming hot pan and only seasoned them with some olive oil, salt, and pepper. I cooked the steaks for 3-4 minutes on each side, then placed them on a plate near by.
I then used the pan drippings from the steak to help make an au jus type of sauce/gravy. (You can do this by adding butter to the pan (let it cook until it's melted and bubbling a bit), then add some flour and mix with a flat whisk until it is combined with the butter, then pour in a cup of beef broth.) Once the au jus or gravy is made, pour it into a bowl near by.
Using the same pan, I then added in my chopped peppers and onion, a bit more olive oil, some salt and pepper, and a little bit of garlic. I cooked the peppers and onions until they were tender.
While the peppers and onion were cooking, I sliced my steak into very thin pieces. I threw the steak back into the pan with the peppers and onions and gave it a quick stir to mix everything up. I then turned the heat off on the pan.
I got out my sub rolls and put them on a baking sheet. I loaded them up with the steak, peppers, and onions, and topped them with cheese.
I placed them in the oven on broil so that I could melt the cheese on the sandwich. Once the cheese had melted we pulled the sandwiches out and plated them. I added the cooked sweet potato fries to the top of the sandwich and poured the au jus sauce on top.
It was heavenly! Seriously one of the best sandwiches I've ever made. The kind of sandwich you have dreams about late at night, and gives you cravings all day long. The sweet potato fries were such a great addition to the Philly Cheesesteak flavors that are so familiar. I am way impressed with how the sweet potato fries took on the savory flavor of the thyme and bacon, and yet still had a subtle sweetness too. The sandwich was a huge hit with my husband, and that is always a good sign. I honestly can't wait to make this sandwich again, or see what other kinds of creations I can come up with while using the Ore-Ida Sweet Potato Fries by Heinz.
This project has been compensated as part of a #OreIdaFries shopping mission for Heinz with #CollectiveBias but all thoughts and opinions are my own.
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