Philly cheesesteak on plate with fries
Does A Philly Cheesesteak Need To Have Whiz? The Truth About The Myth
The Philly cheesesteak sandwich is famous for its thinly-sliced steak, crusty baguette, grilled onions, and melty cheese. Many claim that Cheez Whiz is the only cheese for the job.
While some fans say it’s not an authentic Philly cheesesteak if it doesn’t include the Whiz, many Philadelphia eateries serve the sandwich with provolone or American cheese.
In fact, provolone was the original cheese of choice for Philly cheesesteaks until 1953, when Cheez Whiz was introduced to the market and made its way onto the sandwiches.
The cheese spread quickly became a popular choice, enjoyed for its flavor and because it was easier to slather on bread and melted quickly, so sandwiches could be made faster.
Today, you’d be hard-pressed to find a joint that doesn’t use Cheez Whiz as a main option, but provolone is an important part of the sandwich’s history and just as authentic.