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Italian Beef Sandwiches - Chicago's Own Sandwich!

Attitude is everything in Chicago. One of the world's great cities, Chicago was built with great spirit and a hungry attitude. The Chicago Bears have built one of the most successful franchises in football with this same spirit and attitude. Bears' fans pack Soldier field each home game with the expectation of crushing their opponent. Win or lose, fans will return to their seats for the next game with the same conviction that the Bears will win.

Chicago is also one of the great food cities in the world, and Chicagoland brings the same conviction and attitude to making memorable food.  While the Chicago Deep Dish pizza and Chicago hot dog are tempting choices for today, I celebrate another great sandwich that represents a great city!


Italian Beef Sandwiches

Makes 8 servings

Total Time 12 hours


2 cups red wine

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. black pepper

4 cups beef stock

2 .6 oz package of Italian dressing seasoning

2 pounds thinly sliced rare roast beef

1 12 oz. jar mild Giardiniera (sweet and mild peppers)

1 12 oz. jar hot Giardiniera (hot peppers)

8 Italian Hoagie style buns

8 small cups for dipping au jus style


Mix wine, garlic powder, black pepper, beef stock, Italian dressing seasoning in a medium pan and bring the sauce to a boil.

Let the sauce cool and add roast beef when cool.

Store sauce and roast beef in a resealable bag and refrigerate overnight.

Reheat roast beef with the marinade sauce in a medium pan before serving. ​Add the roast beef to the buns allowing the drippings from the sauce to wet the bun. Serve additional portions of the sauce in the separate small bowls for dipping or dunking pleasure!

Add hot and mild Giardiniera, or hot and sweet peppers, to the sandwich to taste. Serve wet by dipping the entire sandwich in the gravy. Let the juices run down both arms!



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