March 24th is National Cheesesteak Day, honoring an iconic sandwich from the City of Brotherly Love.

Other cities may have cheesesteak, but the original concept came from Philadelphia in the 1930s.

Here’s the history of the Philly Cheesesteak.

You can also find creative ingredients and recipes to have a cheesesteak party. There’s even a vegan cheesesteak recipe.

Today’s recipe takes the cheesesteak out of the bread, and into a baked potato.

The recipe is from the Idaho Potato Commission. It was created by Kita Roberts of Girl Carnivore.

The baked Idaho® potatoes are topped like a signature Philly cheesesteak: loaded with sautéed peppers and onions, shaved ribeye steak, and a creamy cheesy sauce.

It’s a hearty and delicious or lunch or dinner, with a green salad.
 
 
RECIPE: PHILLY CHEESESTEAK BAKED POTATO

Ingredients For 5 Servings

For The Baked Potato

  • 5 medium Idaho® russet potatoes, ¾ to 1 pound each
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  •  
    For The Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup ranch dressing
  • 1 teaspoon chives
  • 6 ounces Monterey Jack cheese (substitute Cheddar)
  •  
    For The Cheesesteak Filling

  • 1 onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 1 green pepper, stemmed seeded and sliced into thin strips
  • 14 ounces shaved steak*
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning
  •  
    Preparation

    1. PREHEAT the oven to 400°F. Wash and dry the potatoes. Prick the potatoes with a fork several times on all sides. Rub the with oil and a liberal coating of salt.

    2. PLACE the potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until the potatoes are 210°F internally and easily pierced with a fork. Meanwhile…

    3. WHISK 2 tablespoons butter in a small pot over medium heat until melted. Add the flour and whisk until combined. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds longer.

    4. SLOWLY WHISK in the milk, making sure no clumps form. The sauce should be smooth as the milk is whisked in.

    5. ADD in the ranch dressing and chives. Stir to combine. Add the cheese, melting a little at a time, until completely incorporated. Remove from the heat, but leave the pot on the stove to keep warm.

    6. HEAT a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the remaining tablespoon of butter and swirl to coat the pan. Add the onion and pepper and sauté until soft and the onion is translucent and beginning to brown. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

    7. SET the same pan over medium heat add the shaved steak, Worcestershire sauce and steak seasoning. Break up any clumps of meat and spread evenly in the pan, tossing as needed to brown on all sides. The meat will cook quickly.

    8. REMOVE from the heat immediately and toss the peppers and onions back into the pan. Stir to combine. Check the seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.

    9. SPLIT each potato down the middle and fluff the inside with a fork. Top with the meat and veggie mixture. Drizzle with the cheese sauce, adding more or less sauce, per your taste. Season with salt, pepper and a sprinkle of chives, and serve.
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    *You can purchase shaved steak in the meat department. Look for a good blend of marbling in the shaved meat, as it adds flavor. The meat will be paper-thin, so that fat will cook quickly.

    Alternatively, you can select a cut like a boneless ribeye and ask the staff at the meat counter to shave it for you. Usually the market is happy to do this.

     


    [1] Philly Cheesesteak Baked Potato (photos #1 and #2 © Idaho Potato Commission).


    [2] Top view. Kita used Litehouse freeze-dried chives, but we prefer the flavor of fresh chives (photo #3).


    [3] Keep fresh chives in the produce drawer and snip them as you need them. See how best to store fresh chives in footnote † (photo © Good Eggs).


    [4] Cabot Montery Jack cheese, available at iGourmet (photo © iGourmet).


    [5] Grassfed shaved steak, from Hearthstone Farm in Maine (photo © Hearthstone Farm).

     
    †Fresh chives will keep in the fridge for about a week, if wrapped in a paper towel placed in a resealable plastic bag. Alternatively, stand the stems upright in a glass with a few inches of water, and cover the top with a plastic bag.

      

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