Chicago-style Italian Beef (without the meat slicer)

Chicago-style Italian Beef (without the meat slicer)

Beef Ingredients

Approx. 5 lbs. boneless beef chuck eye roast (costs approx. $6/lb.)

1 med onion, chopped

3 c. beef stock

½ c. red wine

2 T. vegetable oil

1 T. dried Italian seasoning

2 t. crushed red pepper

6 cloves garlic, chopped

2 sprigs fresh thyme

Salt and black pepper

 

Sweet Peppers ingredients

4 green bell peppers, seeded and cut into strips

2 T. olive oil

1 t. granulated garlic

Salt and black pepper

 

Sandwich assembly ingredients

Soft hoagie rolls (I’ve used Hawaiian brand)

Giardiniera (I bought this already made)

 

Directions for the beef:

Season the roast with salt and pepper.  Heat the vegetable oil in a dutch oven on the stove top at medium-high heat.  Brown the roast on all sides.  Transfer the roast to a crock pot set to low.

Add the onions to the Dutch oven and saute, just until they begin to brown, approx.. 8 to 10 min.  Add the Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper to the dutch oven and saute until fragrant, approx. 1 min. longer.  Add the chopped garlic and cook for another 30 seconds.  Deglaze the pot with the red wine and cook until reduced by half.  Add the stock and thyme to the dutch oven and let simmer.  Pour the mixture in the Dutch oven over the roast in the crock pot.  Cook on low for approx. 6 hours.

Transfer the roast to a cutting board and cover with foil.  Strain the jus through a fine mesh strainer into a bowl and return the liquid to the crock pot.  Bring back to a simmer.  Pull the meat into smaller chunks, return to the jus, and reserve until ready to build the sandwiches.

 

Directions for the sweet peppers:

Toss the pepper strips with olive oil, garlic and salt and pepper on a baking sheet.  Bake, stirring halfway through, until lighter in color and soft, approx. 20 minutes.

 

To assemble the sandwiches:  place shredded beef on a roll, then add sweet peppers, then giardiniera.  Pour a small dish of jus to serve alongside.

 

As modified from http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/jeff-mauro/chicago-italian-beef-pot-roast-style-recipe.html (last accessed February 1, 2015).

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