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    Real Chicago-Style Italian Beef I

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    2 hrs 50 mins

    30 mins

    2 hrs 20 mins

    Cookin In Texas's Note:

    This is a more difficult version but here it is.

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    1. 1
      Make a spice rub by combining 1 teaspoon each of dried basil,dried oregano,garlic powder,ground pepper,salt,red pepper flakes.
    2. 2
      Rub HALF of the spice rub over and around the roast, Press the mixture into the meat as much as possible. Place the meat in a roasting pan. Add about 1 cup water to the pan.
    3. 3
      Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.
    4. 4
      Roast the beef for 35 minutes, Now reduce the temperature to 400 degrees F., and roast for 40 minutes.
    5. 5
      DO NOT TURN OFF THE OVEN, Remove the pan from the oven and pour 1 1/2 cups cold water into the pan, Let Stand for 15-20 minutes.
    6. 6
      Add remaining seasoning mixture to the pan juices and water. Return meat to the oven and roast until meat thermometer reaches (160 degrees very important to reach this temp) about 50 minutes but use the thermometer to make sure.
    7. 7
      When temp is reached remove pan and allow the roast to cool slightly befroe slicing. Slice almost paper thin (the right thiness is critical to ensure a good chew, But without being tough).
    8. 8
      Transfer the juices to a sauce pan and keep it warm over low heat.
    9. 9
      Immerse the sliced beef into the warm gravy.
    10. 10
      To serve, scoop some of the beef out of the gravy using a fork, Load it onto a Gonnella french bread roll. Garnish with hot or sweet peppers and serve.
    11. 11
      TIP: One of the secrets of Chicago Italian Beef restaurants is that they add garlic juice to the pan juices during the final roasting.
    12. 12
      TIP 2: The beef served at these restaurants are not undercooked, infact most roast the beef until it is medium well which shows very little redness.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 20, 2007


      Excellent recipe. Everybody raved about it. One problem, everybody agreed that the amount of red pepper flakes was too much. Cut to 1/4 tsp. When I did this the second time, it didn't last an hour.

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    • on May 31, 2007


      EXXXCELLENT!! It wasn't hard to make at all, but getting the peppers just right was! I baked cut up seasoned & lightly oiled(olive oil!) green peppers on a large baking sheet with a little water to help steam them. Then!!! The sandwich was as I remembered when I lived in Chicagoland. Good bakery rolls are a must! Thank you!!

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    • on February 05, 2007


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    Nutritional Facts for Real Chicago-Style Italian Beef I

    Serving Size: 1 (1 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 645.2
    Calories from Fat 391
    Total Fat 43.5 g
    Saturated Fat 17.2 g
    Cholesterol 199.5 mg
    Sodium 560.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 0.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.3 g
    Sugars 0.1 g
    Protein 58.1 g

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    sirloin tip roast

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