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Philly Cheesesteak – Southern Style

Ingredients

For the Pimento Cheese

  • 8 ounces extra sharp white cheddar shredded
  • 4 ounces extra sharp yellow cheddar shredded
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1/4 cup pimentos

For the Jalapeno Pale Ale Battered Fried Green Tomatoes

  • 2 medium to large green tomatoes cut into 1/4 inch slices - you want to have at least 2 per sandwich (at least 8 slices)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup beer - I used Birdsong Brewing Co. Jalapeno Pale Ale
  • 2 cups panko bread crumbs
  • 1 cup canola oil - depending on the size of your pan - you want the oil to come halfway up the sides of the tomatoes

Other Ingredients

  • 1 green bell pepper cored and sliced into 1/4 inch wide pieces lengthwise
  • 2 onions halved and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 fried egg per sandwich
  • 4 hoagie rolls
  • 3 pounds or so very thinly sliced sirloin
  • Texas Pete optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 200

For the Pimento Cheese

  1. Combine both cheeses, mayonaise, and pimentos in a food processor and blend until combined
  2. Set aside or refrigerate until needed

For the Jalapeno Pale Ale Fried Green Tomatoes

  1. Combine beer and flour in a bowl and set aside for 20-30 minutes
  2. Add panko to a separate bowl
  3. Pour canola oil into a deep cast iron skillet over high heat
  4. Coat both sides of tomatoes in beer batter, then transfer to the bowl of panko and coat both sides, shaking off excess
  5. Working in batches, CAREFULLY and using tongs, transfer tomatoes to hot oil and fry until you can see that they are getting golden, crispy, and brown on the bottom and coming up the sides, then carefully flip and fry until golden, crispy, and brown on the other side
  6. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel lined plate, then transfer to a parchment lined baking pan
  7. When all tomatoes are fried, drained, and transferred to the baking pan, keep warm in oven

For the Peppers and Onions

  1. Melt butter with olive oil over medium heat
  2. Add sliced peppers and cook for 3-4 minutes, then add onions and cook until fragrant and translucent and peppers are soft

Cooking the Meat and Finishing/Assembly

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium high heat
  2. Working in batches, cook the sirloin slices 1 minute each side, remove to a plate tented with aluminum foil
  3. Arrange hoagie rolls on a plate
  4. Pile rolls high with the cooked sirloin - divide evenly between the rolls
  5. Evenly distribute peppers and onions over the top of each sandwich
  6. Add desired amount of pimento cheese to each
  7. Top with 2 or more Jalapeno Pale Ale Fried Green Tomatoes
  8. Top with fried egg
  9. Dash desired amount of Texas Pete on top