Thursday, January 10, 2013

Philly Cheese Steak Mac and Cheese




This recipe came about from the request of several people on my Facebook page. I had an impromptu survey asking what Mac and Cheese everyone would like to see me come up with and this was the overwhelming winner. I mean it was a landslide! I was excited. I love Philly Cheese Steaks and Mac and Cheese so the idea of smooshing them together made me a very happy camper. I mean, is there such a thing as too many Mac and Cheese recipes? I think not! I am thinking I should create a label for the blog for just my Mac and Cheese recipes. I am very curious to see how many I have!

For many people, myself included, Mac and Cheese is a comfort food. We know it might not be the lowest calorie dish (ssshhhhh if we don't say it out loud it isn't true!), but it isn't a dish we have all of the time so we can splurge in those times when we just need a warm hug for our tummy right?


I really thought long and hard about this recipe. I mean there are so many views on what a true cheese steak is. Most people I know that are from Philly love the original cheese steak. It is just cheese and steak, usually the cheese being a cheese wiz type product. Some prefer the provolone instead. I have been reminded by my best friend, who is from Philly, that if you order a cheese steak in Philly you do not get onions, mushrooms, and peppers on it. They are items you have to request. So I guess my recipe does not reflect a true authentic cheese steak but I love onions, mushrooms,and peppers, so this is my loose interpretation. To my wonderful Philly fans, you are welcome to leave out the veggies, I will not be offended. But I am telling you, yummmm yummmmm, this was great with those veggies I promise!!




It was hard for me to not just eat this off of the spoon!!



Philly Cheese Steak Mac and Cheese





1/2 pound elbow macaroni
1/2 cup plain bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cups milk
1/2 cup shredded white American cheese
1/2 cup shredded Provolone cheese
1 cup shredded yellow Cheddar cheese
3/4 pound good quality deli roast beef, sliced as thick as bacon, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small bell pepper, chopped (any color, I mixed green and red)
10 to 12 cremini mushrooms, stems removed and sliced
1 small onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
Butter flavored non stick spray


Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the pasta. Salt water and cook pasta to al dente.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, mushrooms, peppers, and garlic. Saute for 5 to 7 minutes, or until the mushrooms have softened and given up their liquid. Add the roast beef and continue to cook until the beef is heated through, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Heat a sauce pot over medium heat. Add butter to pot and melt, whisk in flour 1 minute then milk. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, thicken sauce 5 to 6 minutes. Melt 2/3 of the combined cheeses into the sauce.

Preheat broiler.

Drain pasta and return to hot pot. Toss hot pasta with chopped meat and veggies to combine, stir in cheese sauce and coat. Transfer mac n cheese to casserole and top with remaining cheese. Spray the top with the butter flavored spray and sprinkle with the bread crumbs. Brown under broiler 3 to 4 minutes, serve.

ENJOY



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19 comments:

  1. I love the sound of this recipe, definitely have to try. Thanks for sharing!

    Sincerely,
    Happy Valley Chow

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    1. Thank you :)I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!!

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  2. Oh, wow! I'm so conflicted right now. I have our meals planned for the weekend, but I have this incredible urge to run out and buy everything to make this right now! Definitely a keeper!

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    1. I am glad you like it. I can guarantee you won't be disappointed if you do :)Have a wonderful weekend!!

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  3. Hi Bobbi,
    I can't wait to try this awesome recipe, it looks delicious! Thank you so much for celebrating TWO YEARS with FULL PLATE THURSDAY, I appreciate your visit!
    Come Back Soon
    Miz Helen

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    1. I hope you do give it a try :) Happy anniversary!!!

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  4. This looks so good and combines two of my husband's favorite meals! Thank you so much for sharing it with Delicious Dish Tuesday! I have featured it as my favorite recipe this week: http://copingwithfrugality.com/2013/01/delicious-dish-tuesday-is-turning-one.html

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    1. Happy Birthday Amanda!! That is awesome!! I sure hope your hubby enjoys the recipe! Foodie <3 I am honored to be featured!!

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  5. This sounds so good, Bobbi! Can't wait to try it!

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  6. I hope you love it as much as we do Sheena!!

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  7. I have every kind of Philly Cheesesteak dish you could think of on my blog - except mac'n'cheese. I cannot wait to tell my husband about it. He converted me from being a PC hater! :P

    stopping by from DJs Sugar Shack - pinned to share.

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    1. Oh I hope you give it a try Sarah! It is seriously one of our fave mac and cheeses now!!

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  8. Woot! You have been featured this week at Recipe Sharing Monday! The new link party is up and I'd love to see you back. Have a great week. :)

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    1. WOW Ali I just got this comment today! Thank you so much!!

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  9. Hey, thanks for linking this in to Food on Friday - you were lucky 100! Cheers

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  10. Oh how awesome! I'm thinking that this will be just perfect for us with the cheese and mushrooms!

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    1. Thanks Angie :) yes I was even thinking about adding more mushrooms next time but I am a huge mushroom lover!!

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