Sunday, January 5, 2014

Italian Shredded Beef



Today we are staying inside because Baby, it's cold outside. It is ONLY 1 degree  and tonight -17!  Being stuck inside today isn't such a bad thing because we have a lot of exciting TV to watch.  First off, Green Bay Packers vs 49ers (watching as I type and Packers just scored their first touchdown!!!)  GO PACK!  Then Wisconsin Badger Basketball, GO BADGERS!  Then what  I'm most excited for  is Season 4 of Downton Abbey!  It has got to be my favorite series, ever.  It's also a great day to make this Italian Beef.  After smelling this cook in the crockpot all day we could hardly wait.  But wait we did until we got to pile a toasted bun with this flavorful shredded beef and the first (and last) bite was delicious!  
You can find Pepper Rings and Giardinera in the pickle/olive aisle.  These peppers are both mild so beef isn't spicy, just flavorful.  If someone does want spicy, there is spicy Giardiniera,  just add to sandwich.      
Ingredients:
3-4lb Whole Beef Chuck Roast, remove visible fat and cut into large chunks 
1 envelope Good Seasons Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix
8oz Pepperoncini pepper slices and a splash of juice (plus extra for serving)
8oz Mild Giardiniera  drained (plus extra for serving)
14.5oz can Beef Broth or Beef Consomme
Provolone Cheese, sliced
Hoagie Rolls, Toasted (a nice hardy roll, not soft as the juice will make the roll soggy)
Directions: 
  1. Place chuck roast into the bottom of a crock pot then sprinkle with Italian dressing mix. Add pepperoncini peppers plus a splash of juice, Giardiniera, and beef broth. Place a lid on top then cook on low for 8 hours, or until meat shreds easily with a fork. Shred (removing any visible fat) then place meat back into crock pot and cook on low for 30 more minutes.
  2. Serve on toasted buns topped with provolone cheese slices. Top with additional pepperoncini peppers and Giardiniera, if desired.  
Serve 6-8
 Adapted from Pioneer Woman and Iowa Girl Eats

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