Lighter CheesesteakWhat 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.
• 1,151 calories per sandwich
• 27.3 grams saturated fat
• 1,480 milligrams sodium
• 397 calories per sandwich
• 4.9 grams saturated fat
• 637 milligrams sodium
Flank Steak vs. Rib-Eye SteakA hearty 12-ounce portion of flank steak and meaty mushrooms sub in for the pound and a half of fatty, marbled rib-eye to save 346 calories and 13.6g of saturated fat per sandwich.
Provolone and Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheeses vs. Processed Cheese ProductProcessed cheese doesn't deliver the real flavor, and the swap saves 20 calories, 5.8g of saturated fat, and 820mg of sodium.
Step 1A memorable cheesesteak depends on the juicy quality of the meat. Here's how to get tender, tasty bites from a leaner cut.
Partially freeze the meat to allow for thinner slicing. Slice across the grain, not with it. Use a sharp knife, and hold it at a slight diagonal.
Step 2Salt boosts flavor and tenderizes. Use kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Season the steak after slicing to ensure maximum coverage.
Step 3Bring the steak to room temperature before searing. Heat the oil to a shimmer in a hot pan, and quickly sear the steak just until no longer pink. Stir constantly for an even sear.
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