Sunday, December 15, 2013

Crockpot Italian Shredded Beef Sandwiches

I don’t cook a lot of beef around here. I am just not into red meat all that much. Sometimes you just need to change it up from boring old chicken so I decided to spice it up with some Italian Shredded Beef Sandwiches.

Doing the beef in the slow cooker is amazing; it is super easy and ends up so tender and juicy!

It would be great with mashed potatoes instead of in a sandwich if you preferred.

What you need,

1 1-1½ lb. flank steak
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 yellow onion, sliced thinly
½ cup water
1 4oz. can chopped green chilies
2 tbsp. white vinegar
1½ tsp. chili powder
1 heaping tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. granulated sugar
½ tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper

Soft sub buns
1 cup of spicy pickled mixed veggies, drained and chopped
1 cup grated jalapeno jack cheese

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Pat the steak dry with a paper towel. Season both sides liberally with salt and pepper.
Brown the steak on both sides until nice and brown and crisp. Remove the steak from the pan and place in the slow cooker.

Add the onion to the hot pan and cook for 1 minute or so, add the water and scrape up any brown bits off the bottom of the pan.
Add the green chilies, vinegar, chili powder, garlic powder, sugar and salt and pepper to the pan. Stir to combine.
Pour the liquid over the steak and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 4 hours.

When the steak is tender remove it to a plate and tent it with foil.
Pour the liquid from the slow cooker through a fine mesh sieve.
Scoop off any excess fat from the liquid if needed, I didn’t really have any.
I threw away the onion and chilies; you could use them in the sandwich if you want to.

Pull the steak apart with 2 forks.

To assemble the sandwich put a little cheese on the bottom of the bun. Top with some shredded beef, drizzle a little of the cooking juices over the meat, yum! Then top with the chopped mixed pickle.

This was so good! I can’t even tell you. The steak is tender and has tons of flavour!
The spicy, tart pickles on the sandwich really make it perfect!

Loved it!



Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

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