Philly Cheesesteaks Are Delicious
Possibly one of the best sandwiches on the planet, the Philly cheesesteak consists of thinly sliced steak, cheese, and sometimes veggies such as onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Served on a bun, it makes a great snack or meal.
It's hard to find a restaurant that serves a good one, though. And if you want to try to make one at home, good luck. There aren't many products available, and the few that are available are not that good.
I did encounter one exception recently: Gary's Quick Steak.
This product cooked up very nicely—even from frozen. The package includes a seasoning packet that adds just the right flavor. I chose to add onions and top it with provolone cheese, but you can make your own adjustments.
The cheesesteak was developed in the early 20th century "by combining frizzled beef, onions, and cheese in a small loaf of bread," according to a 1987 exhibition catalog published by the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
I've tried a couple of other brands, including Steak-umm and the Walmart house brand, and I've also tried using sliced beef. Nothing compares to Gary's, though.
The finely chopped meat breaks apart into just right slices of meat. You really don't even need the seasoning packet; the meat is flavorful enough itself. In addition, I didn't find any grizzle or other fillers that you often find in other frozen brands.
Follow these steps for a great sandwich:
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- Warm a pan or griddle over medium heat.
- Place the frozen beef in the pan.
- Use a spatula to flip and break apart
- Top with seasoning.
- Add your personal favorites; e.g., Worchester sauce, onions, peppers, etc.
- Transfer the cooked meat into a sliced bun. Top with cheese and any additional condiments of your choosing.
A Few Words...
Well, I certainly wish I had discovered this product earlier. I came across it quite by accident when the frozen food aisle was almost emptied out by a frenzy in 2020. There were a few of these containers left, tucked away in a corner.
I had never heard of Gary's, and I wasn't sure if it was pronounced "Jary" or "Gary" at first. I was hesitant and almost put it back in the freezer because of my experience with similar products (including Steak-umm, Hebs, Walmart, and even Rayburns) were mostly disappointing.
But I like a cheesesteak sandwich and wanted to give this one a try. Glad I did.
My Only Complaints
Well, I guess I did find a couple of things wrong with the product:
- I wish it could have been broken up more for single sandwiches. With the large brick you may feel obligated to cook it up all at once. I broke mine up into thirds and saved the rest in the freezer.
- There's only one small seasoning packet, so it's hard divide that up into thirds.
- Well, I guess that's it.
Everything else is pretty good. Simple packaging, you can see what you're getting, and it isn't hidden in a fancy (and unnecessary) box. There's no extraneous information on the outside of the package, either.
And of course, this is good for many purposes. You could make steak and eggs, breakfast burritos, or sandwiches. You could also serve it over rice or pasta, or as a dish all on its own.
I hope you try it and enjoy.
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