The Italian Beef Sandwich is a classic Chicago delicacy that has been around for over a century. It was first invented in the early 1900s by Italian immigrants who settled on the south side of Chicago. The sandwich was originally made with Italian-style beef, which is thinly sliced and cooked in its own juices with Italian seasonings.
The sandwich has since evolved to include a variety of ingredients and flavors. Today, the Italian Beef Sandwich is made with thinly sliced roast beef, cooked in a rich beef broth with garlic, oregano, and other Italian seasonings. The beef is then piled onto a toasted Italian-style roll, which is then topped with sweet or hot peppers, giardiniera (pickled vegetables), and sometimes mozzarella cheese.
If you’re looking to make this classic sandwich at home, here’s what you’ll need:
-3-4 pounds of thinly sliced roast beef
-1 cup of beef broth
-2 tablespoons of garlic powder
-2 teaspoons of oregano
-1 teaspoon of black pepper
-1 teaspoon of paprika
-1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning
-2 tablespoons of olive oil
-4 Italian-style rolls
-Optional toppings: sweet or hot peppers, giardiniera, mozzarella cheese
-Roast beef: 15-20 minutes
-Rolls: 2-3 minutes
- Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
- Add the roast beef to the pot and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- While the beef is cooking, heat a skillet over medium-high heat and toast the rolls for 2-3 minutes, flipping once.
- When the beef is cooked, add the beef broth, garlic powder, oregano, black pepper, paprika, and Italian seasoning to the pot. Stir to combine.
- Reduce the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Once the beef is finished cooking, assemble the sandwiches by adding the beef to the rolls and topping with sweet or hot peppers, giardiniera, and mozzarella cheese, if desired.
To add some extra spice to your Italian Beef Sandwich, try adding a few dashes of red pepper flakes or some diced jalapenos to the beef mixture as it cooks. Enjoy!
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