Monday, September 23, 2013

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Soon as the weather starts cooling down, I start using my crockpot more often.  I love stews, and soups and sandwich fixings that have been slow cooked for an entire day.

I've been super busy around here the past few months and quite honestly, I don't see it slowing down any time soon, so the crockpot has been my savior on more than one occasion.

These are so delicious and easy to throw in the crockpot, turn on and walk away.

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Italian Beef Sandwiches
Source: Taste of Home

1 boneless beef rump roast or bottom round roast (2 pounds), halved
1 boneless beef chuck roast (2 pounds), halved
1 beef sirloin tip roast (1 pound)
2 tablespoons canola oil
2 cups water
1 medium onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 envelopes Italian salad dressing mix
1 envelope zesty Italian salad dressing mix
1 envelope (0.87 ounce) brown gravy mix
1 to 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
16 hoagie buns, split
Sliced provolone cheese, optional
Giardiniera, optional

In a large skillet, brown each roast in oil on all sides. Drain.

Transfer meat to a 7-qt. slow cooker. Combine the water, onion, garlic, salad dressing and gravy mixes, pepper flakes, Italian
seasoning and Worcestershire sauce; pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until meat is tender.
Remove beef; cool slightly. Skim fat from cooking juices.

Pour juices into a large bowl. Shred beef with two forks; add to bowl. Cool. Transfer to freezer containers. Freeze for up to 3 months.

Italian Beef Sandwiches