These Philly Cheesesteak Fries are a fun alternative to nachos and they make a fantastic appetizer for any party. Pile up your fries with your favorite Philly Cheesesteak toppings. You can’t go wrong!
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I’m a big fan of Philly Cheesesteaks and order them whenever possible, preferably while in Philadephia at Pat’s or Gino’s. This has led me to make all kinds of different Philly Cheesesteak-style meals, and I have to say these fries are one of my top favorites.
Cheez Whiz isn’t exactly “good” for you, but it won’t hurt once in a while. If you’d rather use a different type of nacho cheese, that’s fine too. These are like nachos, so you need a cheese that can be drizzled over the top.
Ingredients You Need
- French fries – Since the french fries are the main star of the show in this recipe, be sure to buy high-quality ones that crisp well. I like crinkle cut fries because they hold onto the toppings well.
- Cooking oil – Use any neutral cooking oil you like.
- Onion – The onions will be chopped, not too small. I used a yellow onion.
- Green pepper – The green pepper should also be chopped about the same size as the onions.
- Mushrooms – I used button mushrooms, sliced
- Steak – You don’t need a high-priced cut for this. I used a London broil. You want to use a really sharp knife so you can shave the meat really thinly. It’s a little easier to do when the meat is slightly frozen.
- Cheez Whiz – We’re keeping it in line with the best Philly cheesesteaks made in Philadelphia. It’s always with whiz. If you can’t find it, you can use any nacho cheese, like Doritos or Tostidos brand. You can also melt Velvetta cheese to use.
- Salt and pepper – for seasoning the onions and peppers, and the mushrooms and meat, separately, as they cook.
How to Make Philly Cheesesteak Fries
Cook the fries from frozen according to the package instructions. I always prefer to cook fries in the air fryer because it crisps them up in a fraction of the time it takes in the oven. Use whatever method you like.
Heat the cooking oil in a pan on the stove top on medium heat. Add the onions and green peppers. Sauté them for about 8 minutes, then transfer them to a plate and set them aside for now.
Next, add the mushrooms and steak to the pan and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the steak is cooked through and slightly browned. Transfer them to a plate.
Heat the CheezWiz in a pan on the stovetop or in the microwave in a microwave safe bowl. Be careful, it’ll be really hot!
Since usually you’ll be servings this to multiple people, you can set out all of the components and let everyone make their own bowl of fries. Or you can make one big bowl of them and serve it with tongs. If you do that, I’d suggest layering the fries and the ingredients, so all the fries get covered in toppings.
Do I Have to Use Cheez Whiz?
I know, I know. Cheez Whiz is a really processed cheese spread that we probably shouldn’t be eating. But it’s what they use on authentic Philly Cheesesteaks, so it’s what we use for our fries. If you’d rather not use it, there are other cheese dips you can use, but they are all processed.
The best substitutes are Tostidos brand cheese dip or Doritos brand. Or you can melt Velvetta cheese. Another option is to use provolone cheese and melt it onto the top of the fries in the broiler before you add the rest of the toppings.
Why These Ingredients?
If you’ve never had an authentic Philly cheesesteak before, you might not know what toppings are typical. You can ask for onions, peppers, and mushrooms on your sandwich, along with Provolone cheese or Cheez Whiz.
If you set the ingredients out in separate bowls, then your guests can choose what toppings they would like on their fries.
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These Philly Cheesesteak Fries are a fun alternative to nachos and they make a fantastic appetizer for any party. Pile up your fries with your favorite Philly Cheesesteak toppings. You can't go wrong!
- 1/2 bag French fries
- 1 tablespoon cooking oil
- 1/2 cup onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 1/2 pound steak, sliced thinly
- 1/2 cup Cheez Whiz
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
- Cook the fries from frozen according to the package instructions.
- Heat the cooking oil in a pan on the stove top on medium heat. Add the onions and green peppers. Sauté for about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
- Add the mushrooms and steak to the pan and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the steak is cooked through and slightly browned. Transfer to a plate.
- Heat the Cheez Whiz in a pan or in the microwave.
- Pour the fries into a bowl along with all the other ingredients and put them out for people to help themselves. Layer ingredients and top with cheese sauce.
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Laura is the founder and editor of the travel blogs Savored Sips and Savored Journeys. She is dedicated to sharing the best information about drinks found around the world.