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Chicago-Inspired Italian Beef Sandwich

Rated as 4.64 out of 5 Stars
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"I tried to combine the traditional Italian beef sandwich with the French dip sandwich with a little nod to the pulled pork sandwich. Instead of using thinly sliced roast beef, I used stew beef, with apologies to my friends from Chicago."
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Ingredients

1 h 25 m servings 406
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 sandwiches)

Directions

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  1. Season beef with a pinch of salt and black pepper. Heat vegetable oil in a heavy pot over high heat. Cook and stir beef in hot oil until browned, 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. Stir garlic, vinegar, oregano, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, thyme, rosemary, 1 teaspoon black pepper, bay leaf, and red pepper flakes into beef. Pour enough chicken broth into beef mixture to cover the meat by 1 inch and bring to a simmer.
  3. Cover pot with a lid, reduce heat to low, and simmer until meat is fork-tender, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Transfer meat with a strainer or slotted spoon to a separate pot; pour about 1/4 cup of meat broth into pot. Use a wooden spoon to gently break meat into smaller chunks. Cover pot with a lid or aluminum foil and keep warm.
  5. Skim excess grease from top of broth remaining in the first pot; season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover pot with a lid or aluminum foil and keep broth warm.
  6. Lay halves of a roll out on a work surface and spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons meat broth over each half. Top bottom half of roll with a generous portion of meat and a spoonful of pickled vegetables. Place tops on sandwich. Repeat with remaining buns, broth, meat, and pickled vegetables to make 3 more sandwiches.
  7. Spoon hot meat broth into ramekins and top each ramekin with 1/2 teaspoon parsley. Serve sandwiches with hot broth for dipping.

Nutrition Facts


Per Serving: 406 calories; 15.7 35.7 29.3 79 1399 Full nutrition

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Made this for my fiance and I after trying other recipes for Italian beef and this one is our favorite. I toasted the buns before topping them with the meat and broth, kept the rolls from gettin...

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As an "inspired" dish this is pretty good! But definitely NOT what you'd get at a Chicago institution like Al's beef or something similar. I did it exactly like you did but would probably do it...

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Made this for my fiance and I after trying other recipes for Italian beef and this one is our favorite. I toasted the buns before topping them with the meat and broth, kept the rolls from gettin...

Great taste! Very close to the Chicago beef I know and love; the shredded meat was a little different. Next time I will try in a crock pot because meat didn't fall apart easily. Update: Crock ...

wow.. just wow.. we so loved this.. we wouldn't know a true chicago italian beef sandwich from a fake one since we're from so cal.. we already had california hot mix giardiniera so subbed that f...

This is exactly the way I made this last summer with a different recipe.......only difference was the vegetables......my other recipe didn't call for any but it was so very awesome......so now I...

I grew up eating the real deal from my uncle's restaurant in Chicago. This is a bit different but it is simply delicious. It's good with provolone cheese melted on it though I prefer it plain. I...

My husband raved and raved while eating these sandwiches. I used the hot giardiniera recipe on this website instead of store bought giardiniera and it was fabulous. My husband said it was too ...

Browned roast as directed, but then used crockpot to cook the meat. We really liked the flavors of the sauce, however, it was on the salty side. Maybe the buillion I used was salty to begin wit...

Like some others I made the meal as directed but browned the beef then cooked meal in the slow cooker. I used less salt as well. It was delicious; my girlfriend and I happily had it for lunch an...

This was just fantastic.I live south side Chicago (N IN) and i have to tell you this is the bomb.I have made many beef sandwich recipes in my day but this one has the best flavor of theme all.i ...