The closest to Beef Villa's Italian beef I have found."We made this yesterday and LOVED it! We moved to North Carolina 8 years ago from Chicago. You can't find and Italian Beef here to save your life! This was great! It tastes very similar to the beef in Chicago. We covered the pot when we were simmering and didn't simmer nearly as long as the recipe said. We simmered the sauce first with the bay leaves & fennel seeds with the lid on so that the gravy did not evaporate. Then we put the beef in the sauce and cooked until all the pink was gone. Mmmm Mmmmm Good." - schemdog
Yield: 8 Servings Ready in 2 hours, 45 minutes
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|1 teaspoonRed pepper flakes; crushed|
|2 teaspoonsGarlic powder|
|2 teaspoonsOnion powder|
|2 teaspoonsBasil; dried|
|2 teaspoonsOregano; dried|
|2 teaspoonsItalian seasoning; dried|
|1 teaspoonGarlic salt|
|1 teaspoonBlack pepper|
|1/2 teaspoonFennel seeds|
|3 cubesBeef bouillon|
|3 Bay leaf|
|1 4-lbRump roast|
|1 1/2 cupsWater|
|8 Italian Rolls|
|Pickled sport peppers; pickled|
Italian Beef Preparation
Heat oven to 450F
Combine in a small bowl:
Rub half of the seasoning over all surfaces of the roast. Put meat in a shallow pan just large enough to hold it. Roast 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350F and roast an additional 20 - 30 minutes. Remove from oven and add cold water to bottom of pan. Let stand until fat has solidified. Remove and discard fat. Add remaining seasoning mixture to pan juices. Return meat to oven for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool 20 minutes. Slice in paper-thin slices. Put sliced meat in a large sauce pan with juices, bouillon cubes, fennel seed and bay leaves. Let simmer 1 - 2 hours until cooked as desired. Spoon over split rolls. Add sport peppers if desired.
I grew up in the Chicago area and Italian Beef was a common listing on many restaurant menus as well as the signature dish at a number of sandwich shops. This recipe reminds me of my favorite Italian Beef joint: Beef Villa.
After you have had your fill of Italian Beef sandwiches and only the broth is left, use the broth to make a delicious Italian Beef soup by adding whatever vegetables you have handy, including diced potatoes.
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