I don't eat beef, so I've never even had a Philly cheesesteak, despite the years spent living in the city. I do however make some pretty tasty ones using tempeh, a soy product. Mr. Geek RAVES about them.
Tempeh tastes nutty and slightly sweet, and has a chewy texture. You can typically find it next to the tofu in the grocery store. Here's my recipe, which I made for lunch today.
Kathleen's Tempeh Cheesesteaks (makes 4)
- Crusty rolls (4)
- 1 package of tempeh
- 1 green pepper
- 1 red pepper
- 2 onions (I use red)
- 2 cloves garlic
- Mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup bottled barbeque sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp malt vinegar
- 1 tbsp water
- 1/2 tsp hot chili sauce (optional)
2. Slice the onions and cut the peppers into strips. Peel and mince the garlic. Saute these in a pan on medium until soft.
3. Add the tempeh and cook until heated through.
4. While that's cooking, shred some of the mozzarella cheese. Slice the rolls and sprinkle the cheese on either side of the open rolls.
5. When the tempeh has cooked, lay the pieces along with some onions and peppers on each roll. Bake in the oven @ 350 degrees until the cheese is melted and the rolls are toasted. Serve hot hot hot! Preferably alongside some birthday roses.