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Philly Cheese Steak Dip

on September 20, 2015

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Philly cheese steak has to be one of the most loved sandwiches today. Now think about those flavors in a dip. Set this dip out at one of your parties and I promise you it will be the first to disappear.

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The type of steaks I’m using are 2- 4 ounce top sirloin fillets. They’re nice and lean and great for this dish. The first thing that I do for this recipe is to make the steaks in advance. If you can, the night before would be ideal. The reason is, after they’ve finished cooking, you want the steaks to be cold and firm before cutting them up into bite size pieces. First, I season my steaks with Kosher salt, black pepper, and a sprinkling of garlic powder on both sides. Also it’s important to remember to let your steaks come to room temperature before you start to cook them. I sear mine off, on both sides in a cast iron skillet, and then place them right into a 350 degree oven for about 12-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature is between 125-130 degrees. I like my steak med-rare. I pull the steaks out of the oven and let them rest for 5 minutes before placing them into the frig for at least one hour.

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While the steaks are in the  frig, I go ahead and get started working on the other ingredients for the dip. I dice up red onion, and some red and yellow bell peppers. In a small saute pan, on med heat, I add in a little olive oil, I saute the veggies for around 3-5 minutes, or until they get a little color on them and they are just tender. I remove them from the heat to cool down. In a bowl, I reserve about 1/4 cup of the veggies for later. I also reserve a small amount of the diced steak as well. I’ll tell you about that in a minute.

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,In a large bowl, I mix in the base for my dip. All at room temperature, I add in some good mayo, shredded Provolone cheese, full fat cream cheese, shredded Mozzarella cheese, and a tablespoon of Montreal steak seasoning. Next I add in the cooled diced veggies and mix those through. To that I add in the diced steak that came out of the frig, and mix that through.

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I have a 1 quart casserole dish that I’ve buttered generously.

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Using a spatula, I transfer the dip into the buttered casserole dish. To the dip, I sprinkle some shredded Mozzarella cheese. Remember the reserved veggies and diced steak from earlier?  I take the diced steak pieces and push them down into the dip a little allowing it to show through the top. Same with the veggies. I like the fact that it shows what’s in the dip. Plus it looks great too. I also add some minced chives before placing the dip into the oven.

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Bake uncovered at 350 degrees F. for 20-30 minutes or until mixture is bubbly, and cheese is slightly golden brown on top. Once the dip is finished, I add another light sprinkling of the minced chives right over the top. I serve the dip with some homemade tortilla chips. You could also serve the dip with thin slices of a real good Baguette bread.

Yields: 3-4 cups
Inactive Prep Time: 1 hour for steak to cool in frig
Prep Time: 20-25 minutes
Bake: 350 degrees F. 20-30 minutes

2 tablespoons of olive oil
1/2 cup of diced red onion
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1 teaspoon Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper for sauteing veggies
1/2 cup of room temperature good mayonnaise
8 ounces of room temperature cream cheese
1/2 a cup of grated Provolone cheese
3/4  cup of shredded Mozzarella cheese ( 1/4 cup for the dip mixture and 1/2 cup for the top)
8 ounces of cooked and cooled diced Top sirloin filet steaks ( reserve 1/4 cup of cooled diced steak for the top)
1 tablespoon minced chives for top
minced chives for garnish

Prepare the steak the day before or cook it in advance and place it into the frig for 1 hour. This allows the steak to be cold before dicing it up and adding to the dip mixture. While the steak is in the frig, dice and saute the veggies. Set them aside and reserve 1/4 cup of them separate for the top. You want to do this with the diced steak too. Next, in a large bowl prepare the base mixture for the dip. To the base mixture, add the cooled diced veggies and diced steak. Mix all the ingredients together and them place the mixture into a 1 quart buttered casserole dish. Next, sprinkle the reserved shredded Mozzarella cheese all over the top. Then take the reserved veggies and steak and push them slightly into the dip so they will show through the top. Then sprinkle with some minced chives before baking uncovered at 350 degrees for about 20-30 minutes until cheese is bubbly and the top is slightly golden brown. Finally, after the dip comes out of the oven sprinkle again with more of the minced chives. Serve with some homemade tortilla chips or bread.


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