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R​obin’s Kitchen: My take on a New York Chopped Cheese

N​ew York City bodega food made at home

9w ago

A​ few years ago, I visited New York City for a short getaway before heading back home from my year abroad. Back then, I had never visited a Bodega, even though it had been on my list.

If I had have visited one, I would probably have had a New York Chopped Cheese, or a simple Grays Papaya Hot Dog.

But what even is a Chopped Cheese?

M​y Attempt.

M​y Attempt.

T​he Background of the New York Chopped Cheese

S​ome would compare the chopped cheese sandwich with a Philly Cheese Steak. But if you ask any New Yorker, they will tell you it is completely different. And it is.

I​nstead of cutting up a perfectly good steak, adding cheese and maybe onions to make an iconic dish, you chop up a simple cheeseburger. All the other ingredients are still there.

U​sually, all that would be placed on a New York Hero Roll toasted in a Panini Press, topped with Iceberg Lettuce, Tomatoes, Ketchup and Mayo.

I​t sounds delicious, and so I had to attempt to make my own version.

W​ith Hot Sauce.

W​ith Hot Sauce.

M​y Attempt at a New York Chopped Cheese

Today, I tried to make my own version of this iconic bodega staple. I did not have access to any American Cheese, or a New York Hero roll, but I think I made do with a Farmers Twist (the roll), and some Irish Cheddar.

F​or my Sandwich Filling, I used some nice Ground Beef that I cooked into a nice Burger Patty that I then completely obliterated with my Spatula. At that point, I added my Onions, and a bit later all six Slices of my Cheddar Cheese.

T​o help it along, I put a lid on my Pan and let the Cheese melt deep into the Meat. It went very well. My Chopped up Cheeseburger turned out very cheesy indeed.

A​ Bottle of Hot Sauce.

A​ Bottle of Hot Sauce.

T​o add some heat into my sandwich, I substituted the required Ketchup with Sriracha Sauce. I also did not have any plain Mayo, and so I used some Remoulade. That was a good choice. Remoulade just adds so much more depth than Mayo could ever hope to achieve.

T​he only thing I did not have was Iceberg Lettuce, and I would not have used Tomatoes anyhow.

The verdict

I​f I would ask a real New Yorker, they would probably scoff at my feeble Attempt to recreate a Chopped Cheese. I did not have some Ingredients and substituted some with what I had at hand.

P​ersonally, I still think that I did an okay job given my obvious limitations. And the Sandwich was absolutely delicious and very much sloppy – both characteristics of the real deal.

I​n the end, that is all I care about.

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Comments (14)

  • Chopped cheese is on my bucket list of foods to make!!!

    Yours looks pretty damn good!!!

      2 months ago
    • Thank you! It was also very delicious. The Hot Sauce definitely added a nice little kick. 🤤

        2 months ago
  • Looks very delicious indeed!

      2 months ago
  • Sounds very delicious! And I love the photos!

      2 months ago
  • If you was selling that I would buy it, it looks and sounds good to me

      2 months ago
  • Looks and sounds amazing.

      1 month ago