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Annie Weisz with Peak to Plate
Who doesn’t love a good sandwich? This Philly cheesesteak only takes a few simple ingredients and comes together pretty quickly once the meat is sliced. This recipe is a great use for roasts if you still have some sitting in your freezer!
Thinly sliced ribeye steak is the traditional meat for Philly cheesesteaks. The venison equivalent of the ribeye is the backstrap or loin but you can use just about any cut of meat if you slice it thin enough. Ribeyes are prized for their marbling but venison doesn’t have much, if any, fat. But, you can cook the meat in lard to enhance the meat with some fatty richness.
In order to get paper thin slices of meat, you need 2 things: a sharp knife and a mostly frozen piece of meat. The meat is much easier to slice thinly when it’s still frozen. It’s super important to slice the meat as thin as you can for this recipe. Otherwise, it could be a little tough to bite through depending on the cut of meat you used. Once the meat is sliced thinly, thaw it the rest of the way on a paper towel-lined sheet pan in the fridge. This helps remove any off flavors in the meat and will also help brown the meat better.
The seasoning for the steak is pretty simple – salt, pepper, and worcestershire sauce. Worcestershire sauce is an excellent to season wild game. It’s a great addition to burgers, meatloaf, broths, cheesesteaks, etc. Worcestershire sauce is made up of all sorts of flavors – onions, garlic, vinegar, and anchovies are some of the main flavors. They all come together for a flavor packed sauce that’s sure to take your cheesesteak to the next level.
Philly cheesesteaks can have a variety of vegetables in them like bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, hot peppers, etc. This recipe uses a combination of red and yellow bell peppers and yellow onions. The variety of vegetables adds a nice color contrast to the sandwich. The vegetables also get sauteed in a little bit of lard and season them with salt, pepper, and worcestershire sauce to complement the steak.
No Philly Cheesesteak would be complete without, you guessed it, cheese. The type of cheese you use on a Philly Cheesesteak is a big point of controversy. You’re either on the provolone side or the Cheez Whiz side. This recipe uses provolone but you can certainly try out Cheez Whiz if you’d like. With a lean meat like venison, it can be difficult to not overcook the meat and still have that perfectly gooey melted cheese. If you add the cheese right after you mix in the worcestershire sauce, the meat can finish cooking and the cheese can melt at the same time. Layer the vegetables and cheesy meat on a toasted hoagie roll and top with spicy brown mustard. The mustard is optional but adds a little kick to the sandwich. Serve with some tater tots and your favorite beer and dig in!
This classic Philly Cheesesteak recipe is a great way to use venison roasts. Topped with gooey provolone cheese, you can't go wrong here!
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins