When it comes to all-knowing rodents, I'd say Punxsutawney Phil is one of the best. This furry little guy pops out of his hole and well, you know, predicts the future. Although some say it's a load of...junk, some, especially many residents of Pennsylvania, revere his word as highly as they revere actual weathermen. Whether you believe that this groundhog can predict the weather or not, pay homage to this celebrity rodent and his great state by enjoying a regional treat from his neck of the woods, the Phil-ly cheesesteak!
This famous sandwich, which was created in Philadelphia, has made its way around the globe, with other states adding their own regional spin on this hearty favorite. As delicious as some Philly cheesesteak's are, they just don't compare to the Pennsylvania version made with thin strip loin steak, caramelized onions, mushrooms and peppers and drizzled with melted provolone cheese. If Phil could talk, he'd tell you, well, for one, he can't actually predict the weather and two, to eat a Philly cheesesteak.
Philly cheesesteak recipe
Makes about 4 sandwiches
About 1 pound thinly sliced beef loin
1 green pepper, thinly sliced
1 onion, chopped
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 hoagie buns
3/4 cup shredded or sliced provolone cheese
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
Heat oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add onions, mushrooms, pepper and salt and pepper and cook until soft and caramelized, about eight minutes. Remove from heat. Add steak to the same pan and cook until browned, about five to seven minutes.
In the hoagie bun, place steak. Cover with a heaping topping of veggies; then sprinkle with cheese. Enjoy hot.