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Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches

Hot Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches

A simple beef roast simmered in tomatoes and seasoned with Italian herbs and spices makes sandwiches tasty enough for company and hearty enough for family meals. Slow cooker or oven preparation instructions included.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Total Time 3 hrs 15 mins
Servings 10 people


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 pounds beef roast boneless top sirloin or chuck
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 garlic clove(s) minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme or several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1-2 teaspoons crushed red pepper
  • 1 large onion sliced
  • 28-30 ounces petite diced tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup water
  • Semi-hard rolls ciabatta rolls, hoagies, sourdough bread, or focaccia bread
  • Provolone Cheese Slices
  • Peperoncini optional
  • Gardiniera optional


  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • In a dutch oven, melt butter with olive oil over medium heat.
  • Sprinkle all sides of roast with salt and pepper. Place roast in the dutch oven and brown on all sides.
  • Add garlic, bay leaf, thyme, basil, crushed red pepper and onion. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes and water.
  • Cover and braise in the oven for 3 hours. Check the roast after two hours. Add more liquid (e.g. water, tomato juice, beef broth) if needed to keep the roast partially immersed. The roast is ready when it can be easily shredded with forks.
  • Remove from oven. Remove bay leaf and thyme sprigs (if using fresh) from broth and discard. Trim off any excess fat and shred the roast.
  • Serve on rolls with Provolone cheese, Peperoncini and/or Giardiniera.


This roast can be made in advance and reheated for convenience.
To make a panini-style sandwich, cut ciabatta or focaccia bread in half lengthwise, add a layer of beef, a layer of cheese (provolone and/or mozzarella are good choices) and Peperoncini peppers or Giardiniera. Press in a panini-maker. Serve with a side of the tomato broth.
Slow Cooker Directions: If time allows, brown the roast as directed above before transferring to a slow cooker and adding remaining ingredients. The browning process adds flavor and sears in the juices of the meat. If you are in a hurry, put all the ingredients in the slow cooker, set to the lowest setting and allow to cook for 8 hours, or until meat falls apart easily.
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