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The Chicago-Style Italian Beef Sandwich with Homemade Giardiniera

The Windy City isn't just famous for its skyscrapers and deep-dish pizzas; enter the iconic Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich! Infused with a blend of spices and topped with homemade giardiniera, this sandwich promises a juicy, flavorful bite that's both satisfying and nostalgic. Whether you're a longtime Chicagoan missing home or a culinary enthusiast looking to explore new flavors, this recipe will transport you straight to the heart of the Midwest. Let's dive in!

Italian beef sandwich with homemade giardiniera and french fries


For the Italian Beef:

  • 3 lbs beef roast (preferably sirloin tip or rump roast)

  • 4 cups beef broth

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp dried basil

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 2 tsp onion powder

For the Giardiniera:

  • 1 cup sliced carrots

  • 1 cup chopped celery

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1/2 cup fresh cauliflower florets

  • 2 jalapeños, sliced (adjust according to heat preference)

  • 1 cup white vinegar

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • 1 tsp dried oregano

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Italian-style rolls, for serving

  • Provolone Cheese

  • Pepperoncini peppers served like a side pickl


Making the Giardiniera:

  1. Prep the Veggies: Combine carrots, celery, red bell pepper, cauliflower, and jalapeños in a mixing bowl.

  2. Season & Marinate: In a separate bowl, whisk together vinegar, olive oil, oregano, salt, and black pepper. Pour this marinade over the veggies, ensuring they're submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight.

Preparing the Italian Beef:

  1. Preheat Oven: Preheat your oven to 325°F (163°C).

  2. Season the Beef: Rub the beef roast with salt, black pepper, basil, oregano, minced garlic, and onion powder, ensuring an even coat.

  3. Cooking Process: Place the seasoned beef roast in a roasting pan. Pour the beef broth around the meat. Cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil.

  4. Roast: Transfer to the oven and roast for 2.5 to 3 hours, or until the beef is tender and easily shredded.

  5. Shred & Soak: Once cooked, remove the beef from the oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes. Shred the beef using two forks. Submerge the shredded beef in the juices left in the roasting pan.

Assembling the Sandwich:

  1. Prep the Roll: Slice the Italian-style rolls halfway, ensuring they’re still connected on one side.

  2. Load Up: Generously pack the shredded Italian beef into each roll.

  3. Top It Off: Spoon a hearty amount of the marinated giardiniera on top of the beef.

  4. Serve & Savor: Enjoy your authentic Chicago-style Italian beef sandwich immediately for the best experience!

There you have it—a true taste of Chicago, right from your kitchen. The succulent Italian beef, combined with the zesty giardiniera, is a pairing made in culinary heaven. Stay tuned for more sandwich adventures in our upcoming posts. Happy eating!

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