Meet the Sullivans: Italian Beef Sandwiches

December 6, 2010

Italian Beef Sandwiches

I don't know about you, but my slow cooker is really growing on me. I used to think using it was kind of lazy and old fashioned, but last year before we got married I started using my mom's and I realized how convenient it really is, so we registered for a really good one. Its a dream machine!

I usually just prep all the stuff the night before, so that in the morning I can pull the ceramic insert out of the refrigerator and turn it on, and when I come home dinner is (essentially) ready!

Anyway, last week we made these Italian Beef Sandwiches. They were really great! 


  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 (.7 ounce) package dry Italian-style salad dressing mix
  • 1 (5 pound) rump roast (I used a 2.5 lb roast, which was plenty for the two of us + leftovers) 
1. Combine water with salt, ground black pepper, oregano, basil, onion salt, parsley, garlic powder, bay leaf, and salad dressing mix in a saucepan. Stir well, and bring to a boil.

2.  Place roast in slow cooker, and pour salad dressing mixture over the meat. 

3.  Cover, and cook on Low for 10 to 12 hours, or on High for 4 to 5 hours.

The beef after cooking for 10 hours.

When the roast is done cooking, remove bay leaf, and shred meat with a fork.

I sauteed some mushrooms to add to the sandwiches.

Slice the french bread in half and toast it in the oven for a minute under the broiler on a foil lined baking sheet. Stay by the broiler! I have burnt so many things thinking I can step away for a minute!

When the bread has toasted you can pull in out of the oven and add shredded beef, followed by mushrooms, and then some cheese. Pop it back under the broiler for a minute to melt the cheese. 

I will definitely make this again. A little tip: Pour some of the juice from the slow cooker on the sandwich after you have melted the cheese. Our sandwiches were a little dry, and this step made all the difference in terms of flavor and moisture.


Natasha said...

this sounds REALLY REALLY good!!!!

Anonymous said...

My husband would LOVE that. I'm going to have to try this for him!