Let's for a brief moment veer away from the casual dining restaurant and go to Philadelphia. Pat's King of Steaks boasts of being the originator of the Philly Cheese Steak. The legend goes that Pat was selling hot dogs from his cart when, on a whim, he decided to cook up some steak meat instead. He was probably getting tired of hot dogs and wanted to eat something different for a change.
A cabbie nearby was exposed to the succulent "aroma" and had the temerity to ask for Pat's lunch instead of a hot dog. Being the smart businessman that he was, Pat didn't have a hang up over this and, in fact, made some more for himself after the cabbie was gone. The cabbie enjoyed this steak sandwich so much that he spread the word to other cabbies who in turn spread the word and the rest is history.
At this point Pat did not have cheese on his famous cheese steak; he added that later.
Since I went to the trouble of making the SteaK Seitan, I decided that I needed more recipes for steak. Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives loves to show cheese steaks on the show and Tami and Celine have their own version of cheese steak in their new cookbook, Vegan Sandwiches Save the Day; I didn't want to be left behind.
Let's talk how to order this cheese steak as a local - not that you'll ever have the chance seeing as it isn't vegan, but perhaps you can get the family to play Pat's and "order" the sandwich from you.
Here is the lingo:
One sandwich with onions: "wit"
One sandwich without onions: "wit-out"
Two sandwiches with onions: "2 wit"
(you get it, right?)
specify the cheese: American, Cheese Whiz, Provolone
For the vegan version, you can have Follow (Your Heart), Teese, Daiya, or the cheese sauce in the recipe
Have your money ready
(or chores for the at-home players)
One sandwich without onions, with cheese whiz:
For those who want authentic, and nothing but, you will need the cheese sauce, which I have very conveniently invented for you. This is a fantastic cheese sauce, so please give it a go - it requires no Daiya, FYH, etc. I added peppers and onions to our sandwiches, along with the cheese sauce.
Pat would be proud.
peppers, onions, mushrooms: $3
cheese sauce: $2
oil, garlic, misc: $1
Total to make 4 sandwiches:
Their charge per sandwich: $9.00
Make Over cost per sandwich: $3.00