Saturday, January 28, 2012

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

I hate to admit it too often because then she gloats about it forever...but....
Sue is super genius.
I said it now, it's too late to take it back.
Yes, Sue is pretty darn awesome at creating delicious...nay....SUPER delicious dinners.
This dish is one of our nephew, Jordan's, favorites. Sue has to invite him for dinner whenever she makes it.
It is so amazing that I bet you will add it to your family favorites after you try it.
Go ahead.
 I dare you to try this and not love it.
Just promise me you won't tell Sue how extraordinary this is....she'll never let me forget it.

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches

3 lb beef roast
3 cups water
1 tsp of each - salt, pepper, oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder
2 pkgs Italian dry salad dressing mix
1 bay leaf
2 cups button mushrooms, sliced
1/2 medium onion, sliced
6 crusty buns
4 - 5 Tbsp garlic butter
1 cup Kraft Italiano cheese blend

Mix together water, seasonings, dry salad mix, and bay leaf. Heat in microwave for 1 - 2 minutes, just to warm up. Pour over roast and marinate overnight.
Put in slow cooker on low for 6 - 8 hours, until roast is cooked.
Slice roast thinly, or shred with 2 forks if you prefer. Place back in slow cooker in the juices for about another hour.
In a frying pan, fry mushrooms and onions in 1 Tbsp of the garlic butter.
Slice buns in half and butter with garlic butter. (Here is how we make our garlic butter.) Place on a cookie sheet, buttered side up. Stick under the broiler for 1 - 2 minutes. Just long enough to melt the butter and slightly crisp the bread.

Cheese is pretty sparse on these ones as Sue almost ran out of cheese! Feel free to put more on as you like!

Sprinkle with cheese.
Place the beef on top of the cheese. Top with the onions and mushrooms.


Served with salad, french fries, and broiled cocktail weiners.

Depending on the size of your roast, how much you pile on your sandwiches, how big the buns are, etc... you may have some leftover beef. Simply heat it up in the microwave the next day and you can enjoy another yummy sandwich.

Trust me when I say, this is a really, really, really, REALLY tasty sandwich.
I would never admit it to Sue but, I could never come close to making something as mouthwatering as this bad boy.
Don't tell her I said that.

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  1. Forgive me for asking a silly question..when you are ready to put the roast into the crockpot, do you also pour the marinade liquid in with it or do you discard the liquid?

    1. Not a silly question at all :)
      You pour the marinade into the crockpot as well!