Italian Beef Sandwiches

Cooking on Friday’s is NOT my forte’. With that being said, crock pots can come in handy when you want to make a meal and run off to see the new Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters film. These Italian beef sandwiches cook wonderfully easy in the crock pot without to many ingredients too; it is a budget friendly recipe!

Italian beef sandwich, beef dinner

The new Percy Jackson movie is definitely a hit in my book. It would be fun to read the entire series but so far I have only accomplished reading the first book. As soon as the first film came out we went to the theaters to see it. Unfortunately, I did not get to see this movie on opening weekend. Though the next film I will make it a point to go see it opening weekend. Did you like the new Percy Jackson film?

After running off to see the new Percy film, since our power was out due to maintenance, we went shopping. The Italian beef for the sandwiches slow cooked the night before. Rue 21 has some great jeans on sale. My daughter picked up four pairs of jeans for $50. Can’t beat that! Once we got home from shopping I just clicked the crock pot on to warm and by dinner time the Italian beef was warmed up for the sandwiches. Made my Friday night cooking easy!

As fall approaches, my Friday nights are spent making easy dinners and watching Haven. This show has an amazing cast! I simply cannot wait for this show to come back on. Guess that means I need to make more easy dinners just like this one. Do you have any easy meals that you make on Friday’s?

Italian Beef Sandwich

Gosh! This sandwich really is the bomb! In Chicago a.k.a Chi-town, you can get these bad boys all around. Here in Texas, we have one joint in a 100 mile radius that sells these but nowhere close to what you get up north. Sometimes it is nice to go out to eat and just grab a drippy sandwich. I wish we had places here that sold good food like this Italian beef sandwich. At least for the meantime I can make these as good as the ones in Chi-town at home. So without further ado here is the recipe!

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Total Time: 12 hours

Yield: Makes about 10 to 12 sandwiches.

Italian Beef Sandwiches

Ingredients

1 jar of pepperoncini's
1 32 oz container of beef broth
1 can of crushed tomatoes
4 lbs beef bottom round roast (not chuck roast)
Salt and fresh cracked pepper
Hoagie rolls, baguette, or preferred bread

Instructions

In a crock pot, add beef bottom round roast and top with beef broth. Add in crushed tomatoes and all of the juice from the pepperoncini's. Use half of the pepperoncini's in the pot and reserve the rest for garnish. Top with fresh cracked pepper and salt. Turn crock pot to high.

Once the crock pot has warmed to high and the water has been simmer/boiling for a good hour or two you can reduce the heat to low and let cook overnight. Pull the roast apart and drop into the juice and set the heat to warm to keep a warm temperature for serving.

Slice bread down one side and fill with beef. Make sure to add some of the juice over the top flavor your meat and the bread. Garnish with fresh pepperoncini's and/or red onion.

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Enjoy!

 

Pulled Pork Sandwich

The fourth of July was truly a blast! This is the pulled pork sandwich that I whipped up in the crock pot for our guests. The beautiful potato salad in the back is a Czech recipe made by the other halves mom’s recipe. It really is the best potato salad around!

Our family and friends showed up to enjoy food before heading out the Flo Mo Festival for fun and fireworks. The ice cream cake was the only food item that did not turn out as planned. We had to break out a torch to release it from the glass loaf pan mold. Guess that means it is indefinite that a spring form pan is to be bought in the near future.

pulled pork sandwiches

These pulled pork sandwiches were such a hit. Everyone had seconds and even sent some home to my grandmother, which called to inform me how tasty they were. I have always been a fan of apples and pork together but was not sure on slow cooking the pork shoulder in apple cider.  Instead, I halved the apple cider with vegetable broth while adding in smoked paprika and cumin to bring in the meat not too sweet flavor. It married perfectly!

This will definitely be on next years to-do list for the 4th. Though, I would like to get some cute wraps for the sandwiches so we can pack them up and take them to the festival with us. The mean hand dipped jumbo corn dogs were calling my name but luckily the other half kept coaxing me out of them. Now, I will just have to make homemade corn dogs with extra goodies. Oh and funnel cake too!

The fireworks were pretty along with a good show from Rick Springfield. Can not wait to see who they bring out next year. I am in hopes that even more people will join us as it is good, wholesome fun. How was your 4th of July?

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 12 hours

Yield: 24 sandwiches

Pulled Pork Sandwich

Ingredients

3 lbs pork shoulder
64 oz apple cider
32 oz container of vegetable broth
3 tablespoons cumin
3 tablespoons smoked paprika
3 to 5 drops of liquid smoke
1 white onion, sliced into rounds
1 whole garlic; peeled
Salt and pepper

Instructions

In a large crock pot, add in peeled garlic and pork shoulder. Slice onion into rounds and layer over the top of the pork.

Fill crock pot half way with apple cider. Fill the rest of the way with vegetable broth. Add in cumin, paprika, liquid smoke, salt, and pepper. Turn crock pot on high to bring to a boil. Once the broth starts to boil lower to low and cook all night; generally about 8 hours.

The next morning, with tongs, pull apart the pork and drop it into broth. Turn on high for about two hours to fully cook meat and allow the juices to soak in. Turn down to warm to keep for guests.

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V&J’s Philly Cheese Steak

I really love twitter but it is definitely bad to look at midday, when you are hungry, and follow tons of foodies. The issue this morning was I saw gravy and then from that point I wanted chicken fried chicken with white pepper gravy. Then I remembered there was something I was craving a few days ago and it was a Philly! Here’s the deal, chicken fried chicken is really not a challenge for me to make. I make fried everything, except fried butter (that’s just wrong on so many levels). So the Philly won in the wars of what to cook and blog.

philly cheese steak

The largest challenge of a Philly Cheese Steak is the meat. Problem is that you need sliced rib eye from a boneless rib eye. Not that hard you would think but some meat departments do not have a deli slicer in the back near the raw meat. I got lucky after calling around to three places, not only found someone who could cut the meat for the Philly but also cooked a Philly themselves at home. The process is pretty easy once you find someone that will cut it for you. If you do not have a griddle then I highly suggest you get one. This can be cooked in a iron skillet but the temperature does not stay even in a skillet versus an electric griddle. Once you have the griddle (or iron skillet) and your meat then follow these simple steps below. Remember no Philly is better then the one you create yourself. Why? Cause you can have anything you want on it!

griddle philly cheese steak

Get the griddle nice and hot with a tad of olive oil and two spatulas. Do not fry any longer then 8 minutes. Just cook till you see no red and it is lightly browned. Cooking too long will make the meat tough. And after a few minutes you should have something that looks like this.

V & J's Philly Cheese Steak
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Ingredients
  1. 1lb thin sliced rib eye (6 sandwiches)
  2. 2 onions (chopped)
  3. 2 bell peppers (chopped; optional)
  4. 8 mushrooms (sliced; optional)
  5. 1lb sliced provolone cheese
  6. Olive oil
  7. Bread of choice (hoagies or hard Italian rolls (Amoroso rolls are best)
Instructions
  1. On the hot griddle ( or skillet) just add your guilty pleasures of a Philly and fry. Once browned pull off the meat and add it to the bread with cheese underneath; if you want cheese that is.
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BLTA

This is one of my favorite simple sandwiches. I can’t have just a BLT, it has to be a BLTA!  Avocado is a fruit just in case you were wondering. It is also a  aphrodisiac!  The Mayans and the Aztecs ate them to enhance sexual desirability. They have many vitamins and are extremely healthy for your body and  heart.  So why not add a little bacon to make it unhealthy?! Here is how I put together my BLTA. Let me know how you make your BLTA or BLT.

BLTA
Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado sandwich.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 strips bacon (cooked)
  2. 1 avocado (sliced)
  3. 1 red onion (few round slices)
  4. red or green leaf lettuce (your preference)
  5. sourdough bread (toasted on griddle)
  6. 2 -3 slices mozzarella cheese
  7. Mayo or vinaigrette dressing
  8. 1 tomato (sliced)
Instructions
  1. Toast the sourdough bread on a griddle or in a toaster. After toasting the bread, add mayo to the bread slices. Skip this step if you are using vinaigrette. Add lettuce, tomato, bacon, cheese, onions and avocados to the slices of bread. If using vinaigrette dressing add to sandwich before cutting. Cut in half and serve.
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Homemade Meatball Sub

My son really wanted me to make these homemade meatball subs.  But I knew the first thing I would have to accomplish is how to make a restaurant style meatball. I wanted something soft and juicy just like I get at Carinos.

Homemade Meatball Subs - Mooshu Jenne #beef

After a few hours of looking at recipes I found that combining what I saw on a Triple D episode and what I grew up making with my grandmother was going to be the way to go.  Also this was a chance to use my lovely new food processor.

Homemade Meatball Subs - Mooshu Jenne #beef

First science to a good tender meatball is bread crumbs. Whether you make it on your own with fresh bread which is the best and if you do this it is good to add some fresh Italian seasoning to it.

Homemade Meatball Subs - Mooshu Jenne #beef

Or whether you use bread crumbs out of a can or panko they all do the same thing. They hold moisture into your meatball. Your egg acts as your binding agent which is also important. Remember those two things and you will always have a great meatball. Here’s my recipe to a good soft and tender meatball.

Homemade Meatball Sub
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Ingredients
  1. 3 lbs ground beef
  2. 1 bundle of fresh italian parsley
  3. 6 garlic cloves
  4. 1 white onion
  5. 1 can italian bread crumbs
  6. 3 large eggs
  7. 1/2 cup milk
  8. Salt and pepper
  9. Olive oil
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a food processor put in parsley and chop. Add in garlic and onion and chop also. In a large bowl put ground beef and add your seasoning mixture and salt and pepper to the meat. Add in 3 large eggs and 1/2 cup milk and using your hand mix well. Then add in bread crumbs and mix well with your hands again. Take a large long baking dish and oil the bottom lightly with olive oil to help the meatballs not to stick. Roll your meatballs to about the size of your palm and set into dish. Cover dish with foil. Bake them at 375 degrees for one hour.
  2. For your sandwich simply slice your meatballs in half and add to your bread of choice. Add cheese and favorite sauce over the meatballs. This recipe makes enough to serve six and still have meatballs left over to make spaghetti and meatballs the next night.
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