Wow- Homemade Italian Beef

Betsy Wolfe


Technically this is also a "Dip" because I serve it with the jus. You have to make it a day ahead and then allow time for it to freeze to slice. Just plan ahead. You forget how good homemade is until you have it again. It's totally worth the little bit of effort and beats any beef you buy pre-made or at a restaurant. Get out those crusty loaves of bread! I buy the day-old bread from Jimmy Johns for only 50 cents for a full loaf (makes four 4" sandwiches each) wrap loaves or partial loaves in foil and heat on 350 in the oven 10 minutes. Add your beef, have the jus for dipping and Yum!


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20 Min
1 Hr 15 Min


  • 2 1/2 lb
    beef round or sirloin tip roast
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp
    dried basil
  • 2 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 8
    crusty italian or french rolls
  • pinch
  • 1 qt
  • ***
    salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 large
    green pepper, seeded and cored, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 large
    onion, peelied and julienned

How to Make Wow- Homemade Italian Beef


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Mix together the red pepper flakes, basil, oregano, garlic, and a pinch of salt and pepper.
  2. Rub half of this mixture on top of the meat. Set the meat in a large roasting pan and set in the oven. Roast for 20 minutes, then reduce the heat to 250 degrees. Cook for another 20 minutes.
  3. After the 20 minutes, add the rest of the spice mixture to the quart of water. Pour this into the roasting pan. Cook for another 30 to 45 minutes, or until the temperature of the middle of the roast is 130 degrees.
  4. Remove the meat and set aside to cool. Set the roasting pan on some burners and turn the heat to medium high. Scrape up any bits that have stuck on the bottom. Reduce mixture slightly for a few minutes. Then turn off the heat and let the mixture cool.
  5. Cover the meat and place the juice in a container and then stash them in the fridge and let them rest overnight or a day.
  6. Before you want to eat, transfer the meat to the freezer for 2 hours. Slice the meat as thinly as possible. A slicer or electric knife comes in handy, but a very sharp knife can do it fine.
  7. Add the liquid in a pot along with the green peppers and onions. Add the grated nutmeg. Reduce the mixture if it is too watery. Remember that you need enough liquid to warm 8 sandwiches. Warm long enough to soften the veggies. Then place a handful of the sliced meat into the juice and cook for 2 minutes.
  8. With a pair of tongs, transfer the meat straight from the pot to the Italian rolls. Top with a few green pepper strips and onions or use store bought giardiniera. Dip the sandwich in the juice if you want to. Or you can pour a little more of the sauce on top of the meat.

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About Wow- Homemade Italian Beef

Course/Dish: Sandwiches
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American

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