Saturday, January 28, 2012

Crock Pot Italian Beef


I try to get the family involved in selecting photos for the blog.  I sent both of these pictures to everyone and asked them to vote.  Results were mixed.  Some people liked this one with the entire plate in view, others liked the picture at the bottom of this post.  My dad didn't like either saying that the huge glob of congealed fat in the middle of the sandwich was off-putting.  "But, dad," I told him, "that's cheese!"  He still thought it looked like fat.  Ew!  It's cheese, people!  CHEESE! 
Football fan or not, you can’t deny the fun that surrounds Super Bowl.  I absolutely love having a Super Bowl party because I enjoy making all of the food.  This delicious, spicy, and deliciously easy beef sandwich can be made the day ahead.

Crock Pot Italian Beef

3- 4 lb. chuck, trimmed of fat
1 package Good Seasons Zesty Italian salad dressing mix
1-2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, to taste
1/2 (16 oz.) jar pepperoncini peppers, including juice
1 can beef broth, or more if needed
Ground pepper, garlic powder, etc., optional
Favorite cheese
Sautéed mushrooms, optional
Kaiser buns

Mix all ingredients together in a Crockpot.  Cook for 6-8 hours on low setting. When meat is done, remove pieces of fat, shred, and return to juices. Serve on toasted Kaiser rolls, topped with provolone and sautéed mushrooms. Warm in the microwave if the cheese needs to be melted.  These can also be topped with sautéed onions or green peppers, if desired.

NOTE: This is a very forgiving recipe. If roast is large add another pkg. of Italian salad dressing mix and more beef broth. Using more broth will leave you with more juices in which to dip your sandwich. You can use fewer pepperoncinis to make it a bit less spicy.  Experiment and have fun.  A friend of mine uses a packet of dry Lipton onion soup mix and water instead of the dressing mix and beef broth.  It’s good both ways.
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6 comments:

~~louise~~ said...

I can understand your Dad thinking it looks a bit "globby" Pattie however, cheese or fat, it looks delicious to me!!! I may not be "into" football but, January is still National Slow Cooker Month and I'll be tweeting this (and salivating at the same time, lol:)

Thanks for sharing...

Tracy Wood said...

Nice recipe! I've never thought about adding pepperoncini to a crock pot! I will try this for sure - my boys will love it!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I knew it was cheese :) That looks delicious with the crispy fries.

Gone-ta-pott said...

Oh my gosh that looks wonderful! I knew it was cheese too. Anyway I need to make this along with the fries and pickle on the side too.

kitty said...

I knew it was cheese, too, Pattie! I make one similar to this & my family loves it. Thanks for the reminder. I love your photo.

cathy@my1929charmer said...

It looks so yummy and gooey. I love cheese, so that can be fat anytime on my plate. I like the second picture. Thanks for the recipe. Thanks for sharing you creative inspirations over at Sunday's Best.