Monday, February 13, 2012

Italian Beef sandwiches

I made Italian Beef sandwiches with this new recipe last week and had to share it with you all because it was so yummy and fairly easy.

I got the recipe from my friend Amelia but cooked it a little different. She used her crock pot and I used my pressure cooker. Super fast that way. Otherwise they tasted the same. So if you have the time use your crock pot and if you're always planning what to eat like 2 seconds before you jump right in like me, then the pressure cooker will save you. My time management skills are lacking.

Ingredients are simple:
3 pounds of rump beef roast
2 packets of dry Italian Dressing mix
8 oz jar of peperoncini's including juice
1 can beef broth
onions (optional)
olive oil (optional)
buns, I like hoagie buns

Trim all the visible fat off roast because once it's in there, it's stayin'. This next part is optional. Brown the meat in a little bit of olive oil and onions. Then I added the can of broth, the peperoncini's, and the 2 packets of dry Italian dressing mix. Stir it around a little to mix up the dry stuff and put your lid on either the crock pot or presser cooker.

The crock pot would take about 8 hours on low or 4 on high until the beef is done and tender. My method of using the pressure cooker took me only 35 minutes once I brought it to full pressure (which was only a few minutes) at 15 pounds of pressure. Cool off using the natural method which means you just take it off the heat and let it cool and the pressure escapes. Easy peasy.

Always remember to open the lid away from your face unless you want to melt your eyelashes together, not that I would know... ahem.

I pull out the meat that is still intact in the hunks I had cut it in and then I pull the beef apart with two forks. The meat is so tender, it's very easy and you don't need a knife. Then add the shredded beef back into the juices and stir it up. I didn't even need to thicken it. You could if you wanted, I guess.

I toasted my bread under the broiler with butter and provolone. Just pile up the meat on the bread and enjoy! This is a sloppy meal, but sooooo yummy.  You can adjust the heat with less peperoncini's or could use banana peppers instead. I would call this a medium heat only because my husband thought it was. My heat indicators must be burnt cause I would label it more mild to medium.

I got about 8 good size sandwiches with the 3 pounds of meat. I'll make a bigger batch next time. I got a good deal for the meat at $2.39 per pound, so this is a pretty economical recipe, too. I hope you give it a try. Oh and try not to melt your eyelashes, they take a really long time to grow back in. Just sayin'.

Ooo... on another note, the art show I'm in is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I'm pretty syked. I'm putting in 2 original pieces (the limit) and they are both for sale. I'm using "Sinister Feline" and "My Three Suns". I have since framed them but haven't taken a picture yet. Wish me luck!

Sinister Feline

My Three Suns

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  1. Mmmmm looks yummy! I got a new crock pot for Christmas and am on the hunt for more recipes, I'll definitely try this one.

    Good luck with the art show! I'm excited for you, have fun!

  2. Yum Yum Yum....:) Good luck with the show.

  3. Yum! It's only 6 oclock in the morning and this is making me hungry for lunch! ;-)

  4. sounds delish - I see a crock pot meal in my future. my mom had a pressure cooker when I was growing up. they scare the bejeezus out of me. didn't know they still existed.
    congrats on the art show. i loooooove sinister feline.

  5. YUMMY! I've been making Taquitos lately with leftover roasts, but I could totally see doing these sandwiches as a leftover make over too!
    Thanks for sharing, and GOOD LUCK with your show this weekend! May your beautiful paintings find a loving new home!
    Happy Valentine's Day,

  6. OOOh these look delicious.. I have been using my crockpot alot lately too.. am scared of pressure cookers..I so want to keep my how long approx does it take to grow them back???
    Good luck with the show.. both are gorgeous and am sure they will find a wonderful new home...
    `*.¸.*´Happy Valentine's Day

  7. I will definitely give this recipe a go,if I can find a alternative for the italian dressing mix and peperoncini??
    Best of Luck with the show this weekend!! I'm sure your paintings will sell,they are beautiful!

  8. I'm not a beef eater, but the sandwich certainly does look quite filling. My poor hubby...he has to get his beef only when we go out to dinner! LOL Your art is wonderful and I wish you oodles of success at the show!!!!


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