Italian Beef is a great easy dinner idea! Serve it on it’s own or as Italian Beef Sandwiches.
Italian beef is a stand-by for potlucks and big parties. Simple to make, but always a big hit, it’s packed with delicious flavor. And bonus, you can make it ahead of time and freeze until party day. She hits, she scores!
An Italian Beef Recipe is great to have tucked away when you find bottom round roast on a good sale. You can make a crock pot Italian Beef to free up your day, and then have dinner one night with antipasto salad and mashed potatoes, and Italian Beef sandwiches the next day!
Italian Beef Ingredients
Ground Black Pepper – Using dried spices makes this a quick recipe to pull together in the crock pot for those busy mornings!
Dried Oregano – It isn’t Italian without oregano…
Dried Basil – …and basil!
Garlic Powder – Not garlic salt; the dressing mix has plenty.
Bay Leaves – Don’t forget to pull these out at the end.
Italian-style Salad Dressing Mix – I use Good Seasons brand
Bottom Round Roast – cut into quarters and slightly de-fatify(yes, I totally made that word up)
How Do You Make Italian Beef
First, whisk all ingredients except meat and bay leaves together and pour over meat into slow cooker.
Next, pour seasoned broth mix over meat and add bay leaves.
Then, cook on low for 10 to 12 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
Finally, remove bay leaves, and shred meat with a fork.
Italian Beef: You Got Questions? I Got Answers!
What Do You Dip Italian Beef Sandwiches In
Dip your Italian Beef Sandwich in the juices from the cooking! This is known as “au jus” and is french for the juices of the meat.
How Is an Italian Beef Sandwich Different From A French Dip
Italian Beef Sandwiches and French Dip Sandwiches are very similar. The Italian Beef Originated in Chicago, IL and is usually more highly seasoned. It is often served with hot and/or sweet peppers on an Italian roll.
The French Dip originated in Los Angeles, CA and is not as highly seasoned. It is served on a French roll with or without added cheese. No matter which you get, both are smart enough to serve with a side of “jus” for dipping!
What Meat Do You Use For An Italian Beef
The meat for an Italian Beef is usually a top or bottom round roast.
How Much Meat Per Person Should I Cook For Italian Beef
You can plan on getting 5-8 servings per pound of Italian Beef.
Can You Make Italian Beef In The Oven
You can make Italian Beef in the oven by following the recipe but placing in a dutch oven and cooking at 275F for 5 – 6 hours.
How Long Can Italian Beef Sit Out
Italian Beef should sit out no longer than two hours. The “danger zone” for food safety is between 41F and 140F, as this is where bacteria can grow! If the beef needs to be out longer, use a chafing dish or some other way to keep it warmer than 41F.
How Long Can Italian Beef Be Stored In The Refrigerator
Italian Beef can be stored in the refrigerator for 3 – 5 days.
Can You Freeze Italian Beef
You can freeze Italian Beef after cooking. It will keep indefinitely at 0F, but for best taste eat it within 3 months. If you freeze an Italian Beef Sandwich you should eat within 3 months for best flavor.
Can I Refreeze Italian Beef
You can refreeze Italian Beef, or any cooked meat that has been thawed in the refrigerator. However, this will result in some moisture loss so the beef may taste dry when thawed a second time.
How Do You Thaw Italian Beef
Thaw Italian Beef by placing it in the refrigerator for 24 hours.
Thaw Italian Beef Sandwiches in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours.
How Do You Reheat Italian Beef
You can reheat Italian Beef by first reheating the juices, then placing the meat in the juice just until warm. If you leave it in too long the meat may toughen up.
Reheat an Italian Beef Sandwich by wrapping it completely in aluminum foil and reheating in a 325F oven for 15-20 minutes. Place on a baking sheet to catch any potential drips! If the sandwich still has cold spots, heat for an additional 3-4 minutes.
Is Italian Beef Healthy
Italian Beef is healthy, as beef is high in protein. Using a grass-fed beef will increase the nutrient content, especially Omega-3 fatty acids.
Is Italian Beef Low Carb
Italian Beef is low carb if it is not made into a sandwich.
What To Serve With Italian Beef
French Bread – Serve with provolone cheese. (And for a really authentic flavor, dip the whole sandwich into the broth immediately prior to serving.) YUM.
Olive Tapenade – Have the tapenade as part of an antipasto plate or by itself for a salty addition to the meat.
Brussels Sprout Salad – I love the crisp green taste of the sprouts alongside the richness of the beef.
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Italian Beef Making Tools
Instant Pot electric pressure cooker – Hey there working parent! It’s me! Also a working parent! Can we talk about how hard it is to get a healthy dinner on the table during the week? So. Hard. Well, Imma tell you – this electric pressure cooker, and my gas grill are the saving graces in our home. A delicious roast with carrots and potatoes in 45 minutes? Yes, please! You’re seriously going to love this one!
If you don’t have an Instant Pot you can of course use your trusty slow cooker!
How To Make Italian Beef
- 32 oz beef broth
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 2 tsp dried basil
- 2 tsp powdered onion
- 2 tsp dried parsley
- 2 ½ tsp garlic powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 .7 ounce package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix (such as Good Seasons brand)
- 8 lb bottom round roast cut into quarters and slightly de-fatified yes, I totally made that word up
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except meat and bay leaves. Whisk together and pour over meat into slow cooker.
- Pour seasoned broth mix over meat and add bay leaves. Cook on low for 10 to 12 hours, or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
- Remove bay leaves, and shred meat with a fork.
- Serve on French Bread with provolone cheese. (And for a really authentic flavor, dip the whole sandwich into the broth immediately prior to serving.) YUM.