I know that I have been sorely neglecting my readers lately. Please Please Please forgive me! This moving into a new house and starting a new job business can certainly wear a person out! When I do have any free time, I’m too exhausted to do much writing.
I have managed to do some Christmas decorating and I will be sharing some of those photos with you soon! I also got a new camera, so good news for you–soon you won’t be staring at my Iphone pictures! That should make ya’ll happy as I know it makes me VERY happy.
So in the meantime, I do have another really easy recipe to share with you guys today-Crock Pot Italian Beef. This is my hubby’s all time favorite dinner–and the best part is it’s SO AMAZINGLY EASY!!! When he asks me to make it, I never argue. The only difficult part is finding a good sale on a roast.
The first time I ever had Italian Beef was at a small, hole in the wall, restaurant in my home town called Mr. Mike’s. Believe me, this stuff was amazing! Slightly spicy shredded beef served on a hoagie with cheese–a pretty simple concept. After that my mom started making her own version at home, and that is the starting point for my recipe.
It’s really easy actually. All you need is a roast, a few simple ingredients and a Crock Pot *. You can use just about any type of roast because after it cooks all day, even the toughest cut will become tender enough to shred.
Cook it on low for at least 8 hours. If you are using a tougher cut of meat do not try to cook it on high or it will be very hard to shred.
Speaking from experience.
We like to eat our Crock Pot Italian beef on whole wheat hoagies, with Provolone or Mozzarella cheese. Sadly, this last time I forgot to pick up the cheese so we had to deal with Cheddar.
That’s OK though, hubby is never one to complain when I make this, and the Cheddar was still delicious.
What’s even better about this recipe is that there is usually leftovers. You can eat them again as a sandwich, just plain as shredded beef, OR you can eat it served over rice. Crock Pot Italian beef is just as good served the next day!
- 1 3-4lb chuck roast (or another cut)
- 6oz jarred Peperoncini and juice* (I used Mezzeta brand)
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Place roast in the bottom of Crock Pot
- Pour juice, Peperoncinis, and beef broth over roast
- Add in seasonings and cook on Low 8 hours.
- When finished cooking, take meat out and shred with 2 forks.
- Place shredded meat back in Crock Pot and cook 20 minutes longer.
- *If you like it spicy you can add in more peppers or juice to taste. I generally buy the 12 oz jar and use 1/2-3/4 of the juice and peppers.