Italian Beef Sandwiches {Gooseberry Patch Christmas Pantry}

I have been trying to go through some of my favorite cookbooks. Over the years I have collected a lot, actually to many to count. On top of those I have all my Cooking with Paula Deen Magazines, Rachel Ray Magazines and all the Taste of Home Magazines so they all add up.
I don't know about you, but every time I thumb through a cookbook I always seem to find a recipe that i didn't see before or just don't remember seeing it. That is exactly what happened when I was going through my "Gooseberry Patch Christmas Pantry".

I saw a recipe for Italian Beef Sandwiches, all the ingredients looked so yummy and I could toss it all in the crock pot and forget about it, SOLD!

This recipe called for a roast, I used a chuck roast which is one of my favorite cuts of meat it is such a versatile cut.
When cooked correctly usually slow, the results are wonderfully tender and tasty. Plus you can get a pretty good size chuck roast at a reasonable price.
We can usually get two huge Chuck Roasts at Sam's Club for around $18. The meat in this recipe turned out so tender and good, everyone really enjoyed this meal.

The original recipe did not call for provolone cheese, but I thought it was a yummy addition. You can serve this on whatever your favorite bread or roll is. 

I could of eaten this without the bread just the meat and all those peppers and onions. My husbands dislikes both of those items, so that's more for me.  If you're looking for a new quick and easy meal then you really need to try this recipe.

I my crock pot and all the different recipes you can make. What is your favorite Crock Pot recipe?

Gooseberry Patch "Christmas Pantry"

These are the ingredients you will need:
Beef broth, water, butter, large onion, large green bell pepper, oregano, garlic, fresh rosemary and a roast. (provolone cheese and buns not pictured)

Place beef in slow cooker, add water, butter and garlic. Cover and cook, overnight on low for 8 hours. See my note at the end of this post for adjusted cooking times, I dont think it needs a whole 16 hours. I did mine from start to finish in 10 hours.

this is what it will look like.

stir in oregano, green pepper slices, onion slices and rosemary. I left my rosemary whole my kiddo's don't like little funny little pieces of spices floating around. This way I could add it and still enjoy the flavor, then remove it at the end.

Then add beef broth

Cover and continue to cook on low for 8 hours.

oh man by the time you open that lid all you smell is onions and peppers it smells wonderful. I could just take a fork and sit and eat right out of the crock pot. Remove the meat, shred and place back in slow cooker until ready to serve.

Italian Beef Sandwiches

3 - 4lb - beef roast
1/2 - cup water
1 - tablespoon Butter
1 - clove garlic, minced
1/2 - 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1/2 - 1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 - green pepper, sliced
1 - onion, sliced
1 - 10.5 oz can beef broth
12 -sandwich, kaiser or hoagie buns
Provolone cheese, sliced
Pickles, sliced onion, sliced pepperoncini and/or roasted red sweet pepper strips (optional)

Rinse roast and pat dry with a paper towel. Place beef in slow cooker, add water, butter and garlic. 

Cover and cook overnight on low for 8 hours. Stir in rosemary, oregano, green pepper, onion and broth; continue to cook an additional hour. 

When ready to serve, shred and serve over warm buns with provolone cheese. Melt just a bit and serve.

Cooks Note:  I let the roast cook for about 8 hours then added the rosemary, oregano, green pepper, onion and broth. Covered and cooked for an additional hour. The meat was really tender, so I dont think it needs to cook as long as it is stated.


Sonya said…
Oh yum this looks so good. Im going to hunt around for a decent sized roast here and make it. I am forever looking at my Taste of Home magazines I brought with me overseas and I've just started buying the Gooseberry Patch cookbooks..arent they both great!
Heidi said…
Just today I was looking through a 1999 Quick Cooking (by taste of home) and found 4 or 5 recipes I am planning to make. I must have over looked them. I also have a huge collection and love going back and looking through the old ones. I really like the Gooseberry Patch books too. I have a roast in the freezer than is just begging me to make them into some yummy Italian Beef Sandwiches!
Ann and Billy said…
Looks really yummy, but 16 hours cooking time, boy that's a long time. I wonder if you could just put everything in at once and cook for 8 hours?
Tina Butler said…
Hi Sonya, I love taste of home. I cant even remember how long it has been since i got my first magazine. It was a long time ago though.

Heidi, quick cooking is great to. I think they changed the name now. All the old issues i have are quick cooking back in the late 90's early 2000. That is why i always go back and look through them because you always find something new.

Ann, I put a note at the bottom of the recipe for time adjustments. I did mine from start to finish in about 10 hours. I dont think it needs to cook the whole 16, but that is what the recipe stated so thats what i put. It really is a tasty recipe.
This looks so good! I'm going to have to try it soon. I love yummy sandiwhces like that. Yummy post! :)
God bless,
Anonymous said…
That looks absolutely delicious!
Anonymous said…
I LOVE your recipes! I have made a few and my family loves them too:) This looks great, I will have to try it sometime this week. I have a house full of boys, so this should definitely fill their pellets:) Thanks and keep the GREAT recipes coming!
Live.Love.Eat said…
This sandwich looks incredible and juicy! And the bread looks so fresh! Delicious!!!
Oh I must've missed this post - wow, that looks delicious!!!
**~~Nikki**~~ said…
Hiya Tina
I love your blog. I have been reading it for awhile now.

I tried this recipe last week. We loved it. I was alittle short on time so I cooked it for 4 hrs on High and then added the beef broth and then cooked it for another 4 hours on low. It turned out great.
James said…
I have never eat Italian beef sandwiches but i know it's very tasty. I am very interested to eat once.
Tammy said…
I love this recipe - it is so yummy. PLUS, as hot as it is this summer I use my crockpot every chance I get. I added an extra bell pepper because the ones at the store were small, and my hubby and son love them so much. The best part is how delish the house smells.
Unknown said…
That's the best looking roast beef sandwich roll I have ever seen. Can you tell me who makes it?
Anonymous said…
I make this all the time but I use a 3-5 pound Rump roast, a large jar of Italian Peprachini Peppers and a package of Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix, Put all in a crock pot and when it is done, shred the roast, place it on hoggie rolls with mozzarella cheese, place the top on and put the sandwich in foil and put in the oven for about 15 minutes on 350. These are absolutely wonderful.