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Italian Beef Sandwiches

Notes: You can make the salsa verde up to 2 days ahead; cover and chill. You can prepare the meat (through step 3, except don't skim the fat off the broth) up to 1 day ahead; cover meat and broth separately and chill. Lift off and discard solid fat from broth, then reheat broth. Add 1/4 cup reserved broth to beef, cover, and cook in a microwave oven at full power (100%), stirring once, until hot, 3 to 4 minutes.

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  • Yield: Makes 10 to 12 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion (8 oz.), peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 carrots (8 oz. total), peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 3 stalks celery (4 oz. total), rinsed and coarsely chopped
  • 4 pounds boned beef chuck eye roast (also called boneless chuck filet or roll), rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • About 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons Asian chili oil
  • 10 to 12 crusty sandwich rolls (3 to 5 oz. each), sliced open
  • Salsa verde


1. Pour olive oil into a 6- to 8-quart ovenproof pan over medium-high heat; when hot, add onion, carrots, and celery and stir often until onion is limp, 6 to 8 minutes. Add 3 quarts water and the beef, peppercorns, and 2 teaspoons salt. Cover pan, increase heat to high, and bring mixture to a boil.

2. Transfer pan, tightly covered, to a 300° regular or convection oven. Bake, turning meat over after 2 hours, until very tender when pierced, about 3 1/2 hours.

3. Lift beef from broth and set on a large, rimmed dish. If meat is tied, cut and remove strings. With two forks, tear meat into large shreds, discarding any large pockets of fat. Skim and discard fat from juices in pan (see notes); add salt to taste.

4. Brush chili oil lightly over cut sides of rolls to taste. Mound meat on roll bottoms and drizzle each sandwich with 2 to 3 teaspoons salsa verde; offer remaining sauce to add to taste. Add salt to taste. Ladle broth into small bowls to dip sandwiches into.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 493
  • Calories from fat: 31%
  • Protein: 42g
  • Fat: 17g
  • Saturated fat: 4.8g
  • Carbohydrate: 44g
  • Fiber: 2.8g
  • Sodium: 911mg
  • Cholesterol: 91mg

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