Chicago-Style Italian Beef Sandwiches

Total Time
Prep 48 hrs
Cook 0 mins

Makes 8 servings (it depends on how much you put in each sandwich, you may get 10) Oven 325°F at 25 minutes per pound of meat

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Place roast on a rack, in an open roasting pan, I use an 9" X 13" (230mm x 330mm) baking pan with the rack in it. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees (165 C), allowing 25 minutes per pound (55 min per kilo) , roast will be rare.
  2. Cool, and slice very thin, I use an electric slicer to do this. To the drippings in the pan, add the boiling water, bouillon cubes or granules, (1 bouillon cube for each cup of boiling water used). Add marjoram, thyme, oregano, hot pepper sauce, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, garlic cloves, and chopped green pepper. Simmer for 15 minutes. Add the thinly sliced beef and cover. Marinate in gravy in refrigerator overnight.
  3. Next day, heat thoroughly, and serve warm on the French bread, along with a crisp, green salad and plenty of napkins!
  4. Note: Our family loves the gravy so much that I usually double the gravy recipe so there is plenty to dip the beef sandwich into. We also like to put a lot of gravy on the bread before adding the meat. Sometimes we add barbecue sauce to the sandwich before eating it, for a different flavor, not a lot, just a touch, about 1 Tablespoon or less to taste.
  5. Courtesy of Joseph Strain.


Most Helpful

I almost didn't try this, based on the scathing review, but I did anyway, since I had all the ingredients. I cheated though and used a pound of deli-style roast beef, sliced very thin, and marinated as instructed. Delicious Italian beef! I will be using this recipe exclusively now, thanks for the post.

steve in FL July 13, 2008

Haven eating hundred's of Chicago roast beef sandwiches I can tell you this is nothing like it. I've made at least six different roast beef recepies that claim be to be the traditional roast beef to no avail. My husband is going to fly some in - we currently live in California.

LottieSue December 29, 2007

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