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Your Favorite Philadelphia Foods Enjoyed At Home

December 4, 2020

From grabbing a meal from one of the 80+ vendors at the historic Reading Terminal Market to enjoying dinner at the acclaimed Zahav, Philadelphia’s food scene alone is worthy of a trip to the city. However, some of the city’s essential eats can be enjoyed from afar.

Pretzels, Tastykakes, Peanut Chews, and Bassett’s Ice Cream are a few of the most preferred snacks in the city. Thankfully, these delicious items are available to be shipped nationwide thanks to Pennsylvania General Store, who operates a stand inside the 127-year-old Reading Terminal Market.

If you’re craving a classic Philadelphia cheesesteak, Campo’s Deli in Old City (214 Market Street) ships their delicious sandwiches nationwide, as does the iconic Pat’s King of Steaks in South Philadelphia. But if you’re looking to try your hand at cooking the perfect cheesesteak at home, Campo’s has provided a recipe to help guide you in the kitchen (Campo’s even ships a “Cheesesteak Kit” locally in Philadelphia via Postmates):

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1/3 lb shaved rib-eye steak, sliced to approx. 1/8th inch thickness
  • 2 slices American cheese
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 9-inch Italian roll
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Cooking Instructions

  1. In a large saute pan or on a griddle, add oil and heat to medium-high.
  2. Add onions followed by a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook onions until soft (5 minutes), stirring occasionally.
  3. Add rib-eye and a pinch of salt and pepper. Let each slice cook for roughly 45 seconds, then flip and cook for another 30 seconds.
  4. Add slices of cheese on top of steak and cover to melt cheese (10 seconds).
  5. Transfer steak, onions and cheese onto sliced Italian roll. Enjoy!

If you’d like to try your hand at other menu items from Philadelphia restaurants, you can bake foccacia from Via Locusta or “the world’s greatest grilled cheese” from High Street Philly.

For dessert, you can treat yourself to a babka with help of a recipe from Camille Cogswell, formerly the pastry chef at Zahav and one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs for 2020.

Chocolate Babka Recipe Card
Chocolate Babka Recipe Card

Additional recipes are available via several cookbooks published by marquee Philadelphia chefs including Marc Vetri (Vetri Cucina, Fiorella) and Michael Solomonov (Zahav). Chef Solomonov will be launching his own digital home cooking series on Vimeo in 2021 with new episodes premiering each Wednesday between January 13 and April 28. Titled Bringing Israel Home, the one-hour episodes will feature interviews with Israeli journalists, chefs, actors, and other prominent figures, followed by a cooking segment where Solomonov prepares recipes inspired by the topic of the episode in his home kitchen in Philadelphia (complete with a live Q&A that the audience at home can engage with).

Additional cookbooks are available that feature recipes from Pizzeria Beddia, Vedge, Vernick Food & Drink, and other local favorites. For those that need additional guidance in the kitchen, City Kitchen at Reading Terminal Market offers virtual cooking lessons and other at-home workshops. Learn more about the essential eating experiences that await in Philadelphia by clicking here.

Those craving a cocktail can reference these at-home recipes from local bartenders and mixologists, such as the refreshing Kinsey Bourbon Lemonade from Art in the Age. Wine enthusiasts can opt for one of City Winery Philadelphia’s virtual wine tastings, which include a tasting kit filled with wine, glasses, and other essentials that can be shipped to most U.S. states.

Try your hand at making Art in the Age's Kinsey Bourbon Lemonade cocktail at home. Photo by Quaker City Mercantile.

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