Ashton Idaho’s Version of the Philly-Cheese-Steak

Ashton Idaho’s Version of the Philly-Cheese-Steak

My meat wrapper buddy recently returned from a trip to Philadelphia. She had a great time looking at the Liberty Bell and all that but the highlight of her trip, at least in my estimation, had to be the Philly cheese steak sandwiches. So I asked her, “How about those cheese steak sandwiches?” She told me that every where you went you could find Philly cheese steak sandwiches. They are obsessed with them. So I asked her how she liked them and she said “they weren’t that great”.

A Philly cheese steak sandwich that is not great? How could that be? Philadelphia has always been known for their outstanding cheese steak sandwiches. Why do you think that our founding Fathers chose Philadelphia as the city to sign the declaration of Independence in? They knew that they could get a good cheese steak sandwich there, that’s why. Saying that Philadelphia doesn't have good cheese steak sandwiches is down right un-American.

After waiting a moment or two to compose myself I asked her what it was about the Philly cheeses steak sandwiches that she did not like. It was the cheese. She said that the original authentic Philly cheese steak sandwiches are made with some kind of cheese whiz stuff. Cheese whiz on a steak sandwich? That’s not right. If that is true then it’s no wonder that Benedict Arnold preferred eggs. It might even have been the cheese whiz that drove him back to the British.

While I was pondering on the cheese whizgate of the 18th century and my now somewhat shattered perception of the our early founding Fathers and what they stood for, which shook the very foundation of my belief and faith in the American way of life, my meat wrapper buddy says, “We found a place that served Provolone on their steak sandwich.” Oh the relief that surged through my body at that instant. The thoughts of moving to Canada or joining the Libertarian party were gone.

I began mental preparations for my own version of the Philly cheese steak sandwich. I had new life and a sense of purpose now. If the City of Brotherly love could have more than one version of the cheese steak sandwich then our country could make way for another location for a Philly cheese steak sandwich, only I will call my sandwich the Ashton Idaho cheese steak sandwich. The name needs a little work but I assure you the sandwich dose not.

At my store the very day that my buddy returned from her trip to Philadelphia we had cross rib roasts on sale for “buy one get one free” which worked out to about $2.49 a pound. So I got myself two flat iron roasts. You may not see flat irons in the case. Sometimes the butcher will use them for stew meat or country style ribs. Just ask the butcher if it would be possible to get two flat iron roasts priced as cross ribs. If he or she is nice they should oblige you since they are part of the cross rib and they should have lots of them. Anyhow I trimmed them up real nice removing all fat and then I sliced them about as thin as I could with a knife and took them home. If you are on good terms with your butcher they will be glad to do the same for you.

Next I simply seasoned with salt and pepper. Then I placed them in a very hot skillet with a small amount of butter with a smooshed up clove of garlic. I fried them quickly turning once until they were just done. Then we placed the meat slices on my wife’s little hoagie style rolls she had just pulled from the oven and placed either pepper jack or provolone cheese on top of the meat and then covered the cheese with hot sautéed green and red bell peppers and onions. Then we loaded the sandwiches up with our favorite condiments and got to it.

There you have it a Cheese steak sandwich from Ashton Idaho, home of the Aston Idaho Cheese Steak Sandwich. I’ll work on the name.