Have you ever noticed there’s no lack of leftovers after a cookout? I know I’m constantly preparing more food than could be consumed by a small army. Tonight I was at a loss for what to cook and peering through the fridge left me staring at mounds of leftovers. Veggies, cold salads and burgers and hot dogs. Let’s not forget the piles of leftover buns.
I don’t know what happened but I had a stroke of genius and thought of a way to reuse the leftover goodies in a non-boring fashion. Face it, there’s only so many times you can slap a hamburger on a hamburger bun and enjoy it. Well, I always enjoy it but sometimes I just want more.
That’s exactly what the Small Town Cheesesteak is – something more.
This is my personal spin on the classic Philly Cheesesteak and it pleases me and my roomie amazingly. The beauty is you don’t have to use leftovers. Yes, it makes it much more convenient but the small town cheesesteak is super easy to make from scratch too.
To get started you need burgers, hot dog buns, cheese and your favorite veggie toppings. You’re only limited by the mess factor – the more you add the messier it will be. Sounds fun, right?!
I kept ours simple by just using sliced and sauteed peppers. I could have added mushrooms but they will serve a much higher purpose 😉 I tossed on some pepperjack cheese because, well, it’s incredible. Toasted it for 20 minutes and boom – tummy rumbling goodness.
If you don’t have leftovers don’t worry! Just season and cook some burgers how you prefer them. Clean the pan (mostly) and saute your veggies; if you’re not using onions, try minced or powdered onion just for the flavor. A little garlic is also super yum.
You have creative rights here so go crazy!
Open up your buns and break up the burgers to add to them. Crumble, chunks – again, all up to you. Top with your sauteed veggies and your favorite cheese, pop in a preheated (to 400 degrees F) oven and toast for 15 minutes. Add your preferred condiments and dig in. Whoop whoop!
Tell me: How do you think this small town cheesesteak will fair with your clan?