Philly Cheesesteak Bites blends all the flavors of one of the most iconic sandwiches in the world and puts it in the center of a single-serving puff pastry. This is a hearty, bite-sized appetizer.
🥘 Why You'll Love Philly Cheesesteak Bites
A Philly Cheesesteak is probably the most often imitated - but rarely properly duplicated - sandwich in the world. These bite-sized, puff pastry appetizers hold all the great flavors of the world-renowned sandwich.
These little appetizer bites are delicious with a variety of cheese. Mix and match to find the cheesy flavor combination your family loves. (Scroll down for the details on the best, tastiest cheese options for these mini-cheesesteaks.)
Philly Cheesesteak Bites start with deli meat from the meat counter in the grocery store. Super easy!
🥗 Ingredients to Have on Hand
Puff Pastry Dough makes a classic, flaky crust for each Philly Cheesesteak Bite. Best of all, we find this ingredient in the frozen food section of the grocery store.
Roast Beef from the deli counter, sliced thin creates that quintessential cheesesteak taste and texture.
Provolone or American Cheese are both delicious and classic choices to top your mini cheesesteak bites, for you can use any variety of cheese.
Scroll to the recipe card below for a full list of ingredients and measurements.
🧀 Cheese Options for Philly Cheesesteak Bites
This is where it gets interesting and there are plenty of cheesy choices for topping Philly Cheesesteak Bites.
According to the folks in Philly, American and Provolone cheeses are usually the preferred choice to melt on top of the sliced beef, onions and peppers in a Philly cheesesteak sandwich.
Pro Tip: Cheez Whiz is frequently the number one choice among faithful cheesesteak connoisseurs, give it a try. It's delicious.
Personally, my family's first choice is Provolone cheese mostly because we love the way it melts and the subtle taste.
⭐ Authentic Philly Cheesesteak Style
When it comes to creating an authentic Philly Cheesesteak, I think we must yield to the experts in the city where it all started back in 1930, Philly! There's a Cheesesteak 101 Primer on the Visit Philly website with lots of great information on where to find those yummy sandwiches during a visit to Philadelphia.
The exact history behind the sandwich appears to include plenty of lore and legend, but according to the Visit Philly website, it all began when a South Philadelphia hot dog vendor just so happened to cook a portion of beef from a butcher shop on his hot dog grill. A nearby taxi driver noticed the alluring aroma and asked for his steak sandwich. After eating it, he spread the word about how delicious it was and suggested the hot dog vendor ditch the hot dogs and stick with beef. The rest is history, with a few fun legends thrown in too.
So if you want to replicate the style and distinctive flavor combination in a taxi-driver-stopping appetizer, without hopping on a plane or driving across the country, this recipe should do the trick.
⏲️ Puff Pastry Defrosting Time is Prep Time
The puff pastry dough is sold frozen, so be sure to allow enough time for the dough to defrost so you can cut it into small squares. Corn Dog Nuggets are another great appetizer recipe that uses puff pastry.
Pro Tip: It usually takes about 40 minutes at room temperature for frozen puff pastry to defrost enough making it pliable and easy to cut into small squares.
Place the puff pastry dough on a piece of waxed paper on the kitchen counter at room temperature.
Once it thaws, spread it out slightly from the edges. This helps widen the size of the pastry sheet and makes it a little thinner as well.
Pro Tip: A two-inch-sized square of puff pastry dough is about the perfect size for each mini-muffin cup.
To make the most use of the puff pastry dough defrosting time, slice, dice, and then cook all the veggies and the sliced roast beef in a hot skillet on the stove while the dough is warming up.
Once the puff pastry dough is softened, all the filling ingredients will be ready too.
👩🏻🍳 Use a Mini Muffin Pan
Philly Cheesesteak Bites are best baked in a mini-muffin pan, which has 24 muffin cups, as opposed to the standard-sized muffin pan.
The key is to make these bite-sized and a mini-muffin pan is perfect for that.
♨️ How to Serve Puff Pastry Appetizers
I recommend preparing, baking and serving Philly Cheesesteak Bites, or any puff pastry appetizer, on the same day you make them.
Once the puff pastry dough defrosts and the servings are assembled in the muffin tin, it's best to get them right into the oven.
It's fun to use these small appetizer "tasting" plates for serving. (affiliate link) They are the perfect, tiny size and I love the little handle that makes it easy to hold onto with one hand.
💭 Recipe FAQs
I cook the beef in a few teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce and that adds plenty of flavor. So there's no need to add sauce or condiments on these puff pastry bites.
Some folks like adding a little extra saucy goodness to their Philly cheesesteaks. When that's the case, serve with a little dish of horseradish sauce, perhaps ketchup or a little mayo on the side.
Just head to the deli counter of your grocery store and buy about ¾ pound of London broil, or any cooked roast beef, sliced very thin
Part of the allure of a mini Philly Cheesesteak Bite is enjoying a yummy layer of melted cheese all oozy and delicious on top of each one.
There's an entire science behind cheese varieties and the temperatures at which they best melt. The folks at FineCooking.com do a great job mapping it all out.
I've found that when the cheese spends the entire baking time in the oven it goes beyond its melting point.
By adding the cheese midway through the baking time, it spends less time exposed to the high heat needed to properly bake the puff pastry, and the result is the perfectly melted topping.
🍴How to Remove a Puff Pastry Appetizer from the Muffin Tin
To remove the Philly Cheesesteak Bites from the mini-muffin cups after baking, use a small fork to gently loosen the edges of the little puffed pastry cups - with all their cheesesteak goodness layered inside.
Carefully scoop each one out of the muffin cup and onto a serving plate. They should lift out easily.
🌡️ Leftovers and Storage for Philly Cheesesteak Bites
These bite-sized, puff pastry appetizers are best served warm from the oven.
But they keep well in the refrigerator in a sealed, airtight container for 2-3 days.
To reheat, place the appetizers on a plate in the microwave at about 50% power for a minute or so and they'll be good to go.
🥩 More Beef Recipes
If you have meat lovers in your family, they will love Philly Cheesesteak Bites, and here are some main meal recipes that also use plenty of hearty beef.
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