Chicago and deep dish pizza are often considered synonymous. I couldn’t agree more; but have you ever had a Chicago Italian beef sandwich? Having grown up in a small suburb just outside of Chicago, if you weren’t Italian, then you knew plenty of people who were. Mom and pop Italian joints were everywhere and pizza, though delicious, wasn’t the only choice on the menu. One of my favorites has always been the Italian beef sandwich and I can’t even tell you how many of these I’ve eaten in my life time!!
Served on crusty Italian bread, much like French bread, but crustier, the beef is cooked to medium, sliced real thin, and then dropped in a big pot of warming Italian beef juice to simmer and cook the rest of the way.
You have a choice of wet or dry. Wet means more juice on the sandwich. You also have a choice of hot or sweet, that’s hot peppers or sweet peppers.
I always order dry and sweet, always!
You usually order an Italian beef to-go, and even if you don’t, most likely your order will come that way. Stuffed in a brown paper bag, the beef wrapped up in thin white paper and the fries tucked in either under or over the beef. Nothing fancy, it’s all about the taste!
I wouldn’t know exactly how to duplicate their recipe, and I’m not an ounce Italian, either, but here is very similar recipe that you really ought to try.
Crock Pot Italian Beef (5 ingredients or less)
2-1/2 – 4lbs beef roast, sirloin tip or rump roast
12 oz jar pepperoncini peppers or giardiniera (You only use ½ a jar) (draining is optional)
1 envelope Italian salad dressing (zesty Italian)
10 oz can beef broth
French or Italian bread or any type of buns will do
Place beef in crock pot / slow cooker. Combine ½ jar pepperoncini, dry salad mix and beef broth and pour over beef. Cook on low for 12-14 hours. Once meat is tender, use 2 forks to shred beef right in the pot. Serve on crusty bread or buns. Serves 8-15.
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