I was strolling through the bakery department at Kroger’s this week and saw a package of Martin’s Hoagie Rolls that caught my eye. They looked very fresh and they were a perfect size for a hoagie – a little longer and not so stubby as most. So I bought them and then wondered what I would have with the rolls.
Hey, a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich sounded good. All I needed was a fresh onion, a bag of shredded mozzarella and a pack of Steak-umms. Yes, Steak-umms, one of the most versatile and tastiest meats in the freezer department. Keep a pack of frozen Steak-umms handy and you’re ready for almost any beef recipe, including soups, tacos, stir fries, Philly Cheese Steaks and one of my favorites – a French Dip.
Steak-umm has been around since 1968, developed in Philadelphia as a household choice for cheese steaks. Steak-umm was created after putting beef through a grinder multiple times, mixing and molding it, freezing it, softening it, then ultimately slicing it. The delicious flavor was achieved by blending the trimmings from prime cuts – such as rib-eyes, filets and tenderloins, then emulsifying the meats and slicing them razor thin.
Steak-umms, as we all know, cook practically as soon as they hit the skillet with just a speck of olive oil. Flip them once, put them aside until the entire batch is done. Then, generously pile the steaks on a bun (try these Martin Rolls, they are sensational), add mozzarella, mayo, sautéed onions (peppers optional), put the sandwich in a 400 oven for a few minutes and you are biting into one of the tastiest sandwiches ever – a Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. Some like Cheese Whiz on their sandwiches, but I think mozzarella is a better compliment to the Steak-umms.
If you haven’t cooked with Steak-umms in a while, pick up a pack, stick it in the freezer and whip up some great sandwiches the next time you’re in the mood.
Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches
One onion diced and sautéed (red pepper optional)
One pack Martin’s Hoagie Rolls
One 8 oz. pack shredded mozzarella
One pack frozen Steak-umms