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Cheesesteak: Recipe Makeover

The sandwich that put Philly on the comfort-food map keeps its meaty, cheesy soul but loses 750 calories.

Lighter Cheesesteak
Photo: Randy Mayor

Lighter Cheesesteak

What hot dogs are to Coney Island and wings are to Buffalo, the cheesesteak is to Philadelphia: iconic, tasty, and loaded with salt and fat. The Philly cheesesteak is a heap of chopped meat drowning in melted cheese "product" on a long bun, with more than a day's worth of saturated fat.

To hit all the comforting notes, we start with flank steak, thinly sliced and modestly seasoned—this is a much leaner cut than the traditional rib-eye. The meat gets further beefing up with portobellos and savory grilled peppers and onions. And just forget the artificial cheese sauce: We create a lean white sauce with real cheese—just enough Parm-Regg and provolone to deliver full satisfaction with less sodium and saturated fat. Meaty, gooey, and delightfully messy, this is the type of sandwich you'll crave all year.

The Classic: 
1,151 calories per sandwich
27.3 grams saturated fat
1,480 milligrams sodium

The Makeover:
397 calories per sandwich
4.9 grams saturated fat
637 milligrams sodium

View Recipe: Philly Cheesesteak

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