Thursday, August 30, 2012

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches





As a Chicagoan we are known for 3 things. Chicago Style Hot Dogs, Deep Dish Pizza and Italian Beef Sandwiches. (Well, Chicago is known for more than that, but food wise those are the biggies!)  I'm not sure why I've never tried to make them at home before but this recipe really does taste just like the real thing! The meat was tender and stayed really juicy. They were delicious! This is going to be a new favorite on the menu for football Sundays!

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

Ingredients
2-3 lb bottom round beef roast
1 Cup Beef Stock
1 packet Italian Salad Dressing Mix ( I used Good Seasons)
1 jar pepperoncini rings
1 loaf crusty french bread
Giardiniera (Optional)

Place roast into the slow cooker. Add 1 cup beef broth and Italian salad dressing mix. One hour before the roast is done add the peppers to the slow cooker. Total cooking time should be about 8-10 hours on low. Serve on crusty french bread with a side of au jus and giardiniera. Enjoy!

29 comments:

  1. A friend of mine used to make an Italian beef sandwich in the Crock Pot for football game Saturdays. This sounds like it may be exactly like it. I so hope so! :) I have missed those sandwiches and have been wanting to make them myself. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. :)

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  2. Wow, this looks tasty! What is Giardiniera? I've never heard of it. {GA girl here!} Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Giardiniera is a mix of pickled peppers and veggies. Kind of like a relish but it's very popular here and most Chicagoans add them to Italian Beef. Although, I think they use it in the south in Muffuletta sandwiches.

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    2. They usually sell jars of Giardiniera in the same aisle where the pickles are.

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  3. Hey girl, thanks for joining in on the Friday Chaos blog party! So glad you linked up with us, and I get to follow you! Wahoo!
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  4. Oooh, looks so yummy! Similar to bbq pulled pork but I bet this one's better. I'm more into beef than pork. I can't wait to try this!

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  5. mmmmmm looks delicous! Thanks for linking up at Friday Chaos this week
    Have a nice weekend
    Kerry

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  6. Hey Bridget!! You are the top feature this week @ Mom's Test Meal Mondays!! Thank you so much for joining in each week!!

    Hope you have a great weekend!

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  7. I'm making this for Sunday's dinner not the norm in a African American home, usually it's Collards and fried chicken and mac and cheese or something big alone those lines BUT this Sunday will be a surprise it will be simple and laid back thanks for sharing!

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  8. I forgot to mention I'm making the bread fresh using a bread called bolillo I think it will be a good bread to use with it.

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  9. I think Bolillo bread would be great with the italian beef. I hope you enjoyed it, Jeanette!

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  10. I ma making this right now:) Do you drain the pepperoncini or do you just pour in the whole bottle? My instinct is to drain because otherwise it would seem like too much liquid.

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  11. I've done it both ways but I like it better with the entire jar of peppers and liquid.

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  12. Thanks! It smells heavenly and I can't wait for supper tonight!

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  13. The best Italian beef sandwiches I have ever made. This recipe is 5 star!

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  14. Thank You! I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

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  15. Do you add the juice from the jar of peppers as well or just the peppers?

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  16. Hi Brandi,
    I add the entire jar of peppers and juice. You don't have to add the whole jar though. You could add half if you wanted. Whatever you prefer. Hope you enjoy it!

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  17. I'm a Northern Illinois resident too--- 90 miles from the Windy!! I enjoy driving in to Portillo's.....how does this compare??
    Thanks for the recipe!

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  18. Hi There!
    It's no Portillo's but pretty darn close! :)

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  20. I must admit this was the first I'd heard of Italian Beef Sandwiches. I tried this recipe before doing my research, of course. As I mentioned in a previous post (and deleted for this updated feedback) the meat was great, but so salty that no one really enjoyed the sandwich for fear of their heart stopping. I determined after one bite that the concept is great, but next time I will make my own Italian Seasoning instead of using processed food. Before I decided on the feedback I surfed other recipes and found one that uses whole, clean, food ingredients that I will try next time. If you are interested you'll find the recipe under Jeff Mauro's section on Food Network. I can't give this a 5 star recipe because of the salt level, but that's the only reason. :) You've inspired me and I call that a win!

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  21. Hi Lisa,
    I appreciate your feedback. I'm sorry to hear that it was too salty for you. I've also made it without the Good Seasons packet and just sprinkled a little dry McCormick Italian seasoning on the meat instead. I'm still glad I was able to inspire you! :)

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  22. I've always made these with green peppers, onions, and sometimes mushrooms. I do love pepperoncini and I do get tired of the same, old recipe.
    Going to try this one, thanks for recipe!

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  23. Made this tonight for dinner. I had to cut down on the size of the meat and other ingredients because there's just three of us, but wow, this was great! My husband has requested that I make this again. And so easy! Definitely a keeper recipe!

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  24. I'm glad you guys enjoyed it. It's family favorite in our house!

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  25. Been making this for years with Venison, (never tried it with beef) and 2 packets of Italian Good Seasons mix. I I don't add beef broth either, but will try it next time. I only put about 6 peppers in it though. Serve it on any chewy type of bread with a slice of white American cheese. This is one of my families favorites.

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