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Philly Cheese Steaks

I’m from Pennsylvania originally. And when you think of food and PA, your first thought is always a philly cheese steak. This isn’t fancy or complicated and I doubt you need a recipe for it, but this really hit the spot for dinner and I had to post.   Instead of beef, I just use slices of large, portobello mushroom caps. The onions came out so good I was sneaking them out of the dish while the mushrooms cooked. The veggies were hot and juicy and messy as I ate. Just like a good cheese steak should be. I honestly think that it’s the cast iron frying pan that makes this taste so good. There’s something about the way it cooks the veggies that gives it that little extra something that has you burning your fingers as you snatch peppers and onions out of the pan to taste. You do need to taste check as they cook, right?

2 green bell peppers, seeded and sliced into 1/4 inch strips

1 large yellow onion, pealed, cut in half and sliced width wise to create crescent shaped slices

3 large portobello mushroom caps, stem and gills removed and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices

Daiya chedder cheese to taste

4 hoagie rolls

Pre-heat oven to 350. Heat a cast iron frying pan over medium high heat until hot. Pour in a tablespoon of olive oil. Lower heat to medium and add the peppers and onions and season with salt and pepper.  Saute over medium heat until the peppers or cooked and the onions are almost caramelized. They should be shades of light to medium brown, but not all dark brown. This should take about 15 minutes. Remove them to a dish and add another tablespoon of olive oil. Add the mushrooms and salt and pepper. Let this saute until the mushrooms release their juices. Remove them to the dish with the peppers and onions. Slice a hoagie roll, add cheese to taste and then pile on the mushrooms, peppers and onions. At this point, I usually go one extra step before eating. I roll the hoagie in aluminum foil and place it in the oven for about 10 minutes. This heats the bread and gives the outside a nice crisp crunch. It also melts the cheese and gets all of the flavors blending together. Remove it from the oven, unwrap and enjoy!

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