Chopped cheese sandwich recipe
If you’ve never heard of Chopped Cheese Sandwiches, don’t worry, we’re going to give you the scoop on this New York City favorite, Chopped cheese sandwich recipe, so you can make a chopped cheese that’s just like the real bodega would serve. These sandwiches can be found in the neighborhood Bodega’s, which are really just the corner market, that originated in east harlem, and you can get one for about $5.00 or so, which is a good deal considering they’re stuffed full of delicious ingredients. You’ll get beef burger patties, chopped with caramelized onions, and cheddar cheese, or American Cheese if you prefer, all smashed up into small pieces, served with iceberg lettuce, and sliced tomatoes, on a toasted hoagie roll, and it all just melts in your mouth.
This is one of those delicious sandwiches that’s really simple, seasoned with salt and pepper, and typically served with Ketchup and mayo slathered on the crunchy hoagie. But don’t worry, you don’t have to go all the way to New York City to enjoy this famous chopped cheese sandwich, or chop cheese, as some locals refer to it, because we’re going to give you the ingredients needed to make this authentic chopped cheese sandwich, which will probably become one of your family’s favorite meals, and you’ll love this because its one of the easy dinner ideas everyone loves. You can make this recipe, which is one of the traditional versions of the original recipe, or you can make this sandwich your own, by adding a delicious twist with green peppers, or red peppers, some pepper jack cheese, hot sauce, or even barbecue sauce, to make this your favorite Chopped cheese sandwich recipe.
A lot of people have compared this to a Philly cheesesteak, but this is a sandwich all its own. Cheesesteaks are made with thin sliced Rib Eye steak, and are chopped thin, and cooked with onions, topped with provolone Cheese, or cheez whiz (out of a can), and served on hero rolls. There’s no lettuce or tomato, and certainly no mayo on a Cheesesteak. You usually get a little ketchup on the side, and if you ask for different ingredients, the sandwich maker usually yells at you! While Cheesesteaks are wildly popular, these New York Bodega creations have a few more ingredients, and a lot more flavor to offer, and you get mayo and ketchup without anyone yelling at you.
Your mouth is probably watering by now, hearing about all these delicious ingredients, and we’re wondering what you’re waiting for. So get going, and grab some ground beef or already made hamburger patties, some slices of cheese, some diced onion, and we’ll walk you through this great sandwich that new yorkers swear by.
Chopped cheese sandwich recipe
- 2 Hoagie Rolls – toasted
- 2 tbsp Tablespoons Butter
- 1 1/2 lbs Ground Chuck
- 2 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Pepper
- 1 Yellow Onion, diced
- 4 American cheese slices
- 1/4 cup Mayo
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- 2 cups Shredded Lettuce
- 1 Tomato sliced
Wash the lettuce, and dry on paper towels or in a salad spinner. Wash the tomatoes, dry on paper towels, and slice thinly to add to sandwiches.
Purchase already made hamburger patties, or make the Ground Chuck out into patties, and place them on a flat top grill, flat grill pan, or a large skillet, on medium high heat, and cook the meat until it’s done about half way through, and the edges are crunchy brown. Salt the meat with table salt, or sea salt, and black pepper, on both sides, and if you prefer, you can add a little garlic powder for some extra flavor. Turn the pattie over, and using two metal spatual’s chop up the hamburger meat into small pieces. Add the diced onion, and continue to chop until the meat is well done, and golden brown. Chop it into the shape of the Hoagie roll you’re going to place the meat on, so, kind of a long thin pattie. Add the cheese to the top of the meat, and give it a good chop, then let it melt into the meat, on low heat.
While the cheese is melting, cut the hoagie rolls in half, lengthwise, and butter the insides of the rolls. Place the Rolls, butter side down into a separate skillet, and toast the rolls until they’re golden brown. If you prefer, you can move your chopped cheese mixture to the side of the pan, and toast your roll right in the same pan, or grill pan as your sandwich. Remove the rolls to a plate, and spread mayo, and ketchup of both sides of the rolls, Using the spatula’s remove the meat to the bottom half of the roll, and place it on the roll. Top with lettuce and sliced tomato, and place the top of the bun on the sandwich. Wrap the sandwich in Parchment paper, then in foil, tightly. Cut the sandwich in two, serve, and Enjoy!
Variations: If you like peppers on your sandwich, add some chopped green peppers, or red peppers to the skillet when you add the diced onions. When you’re adding the condiments (mayo, ketchup) if you prefer, you can add hot sauce, or barbecue sauce instead, or add it to the sandwich. You can also add slices or rings of Banana Peppers, or pickles to the sandwich, or Swiss Cheese slices. You can build it, and find the best way to make it your own!
ALSO: If you don’t want to cook your onions and chopped meat together, you can use a separate pan to make the sauteed onions, and just add them to the meat when it’s cooked. You can still chop them into the meat, but the meat won’t be raw. Just place a little vegetable oil in the skillet to sautee the diced onions.