Friday, October 28, 2011

Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches

First, a little rant .... My camera sucks!  It devours batteries like you would not believe!  I put brand new batteries in it, and can take maybe one picture, and then the batteries die!  I am not kidding.  Other times, they will last accordingly.  So for now, I will have to post recipes without any pictures.  Can anyone recommend a good camera for not a lot of money?

Now onto the recipe:  I combined two recipes for this one.  It's very versatile and you can make it as spicy as you'd like.  This can be made in the crock pot, on top of the stove, or in the oven.

Printable Recipe

a 3-4 pound chuck roast, trimmed of fat
a bit of olive oil
dried thyme leaves
dried oregano leaves
dried basil leaves
1 can Swanson Beef broth
1/2 to 1 whole (14 1/2 oz) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1/2 cup water
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes, or more if desired
beef boullion granules, optional

Brown the roast in a heavy skillet in a bit of olive oil on both sides. Sprinkle on the thyme,oregano, basil, salt and pepper (enough to cover the surface of the meat) on both sides and brown again on both sides, for just about a minute, or so.  Place roast in a crock pot. Pour the beef broth, tomatoes and water into the skillet and bring to a boil.  Use a rubber spatula and scrape the bottom of the pan, scraping up the browned bits of meat.  Pour over the meat in the crock pot.  Add the bay leaf and red pepper flakes.  Cover crock pot and cook on LOW for 8 hours, or HIGH for 5 hours; or until meat is tender.  Turn roast over halfway through cooking.  When meat has finished cooking, shred it using two forks and then return it to the broth in the crock pot.  If you want a beefier flavor, add the beef boullion - maybe a tsp.  Serve on buns or kaiser rolls with the broth on the side for dipping your sandwiches into.

To cook on the stovetop, simmer in a covered pan for about 2 hours.

To cook in the oven, cook in a covered roasting pan at 300 degrees for 5 hours.


The Café Sucré Farine said...

Hi Kathy, thanks for stopping by the Café! I sympathize with you as I know how frustrating camera problems are for a blogger!
These sandwiches sound delicious, pictures or not! I am picturing them in my head which is making me start to drool as it's almost lunch time here! I love that you can make this in the morning and come home to a delicious aroma and dinner! Thanks, Chris

Barbara Bakes said...

So frustrating to not be able to take a picture for your post. Sounds like a great sandwich. I

Kathy said...

Thanks, Chris and Barbara!