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Slow Cooker Italian Beef for Sandwiches
October 21, 2005

Absolutely AWESOME!!! The prep couldn't have been easier, and the house smelled wonderful all day. To save others some time, I read most of the 150+ reviews, and here are the most consistent suggestions that I believe made the recipe: 1) Use a chuck roast instead of rump, as it shreds better (and is cheaper!). 2) Subsitute beef broth for the water 3) Double the salad dressing mix 4) After shredding the beef, put it back in the crockpot to cook an additional half hour to soak in the juices. I only used a 2 1/2 pound chuck roast, but I used the amount of spices called for a 5 lb. one, and it was just perfect. I cooked on low for 10 hours, and around the 8 hour mark I took the meat out to shred it and it was so easy, it practically fell apart. I put it back in and it cooked for another hour and a half along with a couple pepperoncini before we finally got to eat. I served on toasted hoagie rolls with a bunch of optional toppings....sauteed mushrooms, red onion, sliced pepperoncini and sliced roasted red peppers. Then ran the sandwiches under the broiler to melt the extra sharp provolone cheese. My husband was in heaven and if we weren't already married I think this sandwich would have gotten me a proposal! I had never heard of Italian Beef before, but this recipe makes me want to visit Chicago to try theirs! Thank you for another permanent in our meal rotation!

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