My family is not, by any means, Italian, but we do love a good Italian Beef sandwich. Being from the Chicagoland area, and if you’ve ever been to Chicago, you’d know that Italian beef is a signature Chicago dish. You can’t throw a rock without hitting a restaurant or a curbside food stand that sells this scrumptious sandwich.
Italian beef sandwiches are not so easy to find here in California… and if you found one someone would invariably slap some avocado on it. So, when I crave one, I tend to grab my recipe book and make it from scratch at home. My mom has been making this recipe for as long as I can remember, and it’s always been a family favorite.
This is my mom’s original Italian beef recipe. She has tweaked it over the years, but I keep going back to the original. Why mess with perfection, right? If you decide to make these, make sure to buy rolls tough enough to soak up the juices. The roll you use is as important at the meat. I prefer Gonella or Turano rolls. You’ll also want to buy pepperoncinis and giardiniera mix to make your sandwich complete.
If you’re looking for a refreshing dessert to accompany your Italian beef sandwich, be sure to check out my recipe for Lemon Sorbet. They go well together!
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