Beef cheesesteak sandwich
What Makes Philly Cheesesteaks Different From Steak And Cheese Sandwiches
At first glance, Philly cheesesteak sandwiches may look suspiciously familiar to steak and cheese sandwiches, but there are some key ways to tell the two apart.
Traditionalists will tell you that Philly cheesesteaks should only contain sautéed beef and melted cheese. Some variations include sautéed onions or long hot peppers.
However, sandwich aficionados would strongly argue that if the sandwich has too many extra toppings or condiments, it's just a steak and cheese sandwich.
Steak and cheese sandwiches can be loaded with various toppings including sautéed bell peppers, mushrooms, shredded lettuce, horseradish sauce, ketchup, or mayo.
The key difference is the cheese, steak, and bread. Philly cheesesteaks use thinly sliced, sautéed ribeye beef, while a steak and cheese sandwich can use any cut.
Cheesesteaks most often use Cheese Whiz and are always on crusty, hoagie-style bread. Any other cheese or bread would qualify as a steak and cheese sandwich.