Ooooo Laaaa Laaaa – I’ve got another delish sandwich to share.
I’ve been hearing about this roast beef that goes in the crock pot with a jar of pickled banana peppers (even from one of the guys I work with), so I was anxious to give it a try.
Pair this tender, shredded zesty Italian roast beef with a nice thick slab of mozzarella and a generous shmear of basil mayo on a toasted potato roll – and O. M. G! It had me at “Zesty!”
The recipes I found consisted of mainly three simple ingredients: roast beef, a package of Italian dressing mix, and a jar of banana peppers.
So I threw a 3 lb hunk of chuck roast in the crockpot (and – B T W – since when did chuck roast cost almost as much as filet mignon!?!??! – I guess the grocery industry realized what a tender, delicious roast this is if cooked properly. It used to be considered “scrap!”)
I dumped a 12 oz. jar of mild banana peppers on top.
And then – this is when I realized I did not have an envelope of Italian Dressing Seasoning Mix…..
But no problem – isn’t that what cooking is about – improvising, experimenting, making it your own?!… (not to mention the virtues of Googling!)
So I made my own Italian Dressing Mix with guidance from AllRecipes.com:
1 Tbsp Garlic Salt
1 Tbsp Onion Powder
1 Tbsp Sugar
2 Tbsp Dried Oregano
1 tbsp. Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Dried Thyme
1 tsp Dried Basil
1 Tbsp Dried Parsley
1/4 tsp Celery Salt
2 Tbsp Salt
I sprinkled about 6 oz. of this mix on top of the roast beef, and then added 1/4 cup of dried minced onions and about 1/4 cup of leftover sautéed fresh banana peppers from my garden that I had prepared for some grilled pizzas a few nights ago. So either way will work – the homemade one or the package of Good Seasons or some other Italian Dressing Mix.
I turned the crockpot on high for about 4-5 hours, and then went and watched the Steelers game (thankfully we squeaked out a victory against the Cleveland Browns – oh yep we did Bub! 🙂 ), had a G&T, chatted with Marty and “Oh Rob,” and then enjoyed a delish dinner of a Zesty Roast Beef Sandwiches, Fresh Corn on the Cob, and a Spinach & Arugula Salad with Dried Cranberries and Walnuts – and guess what kind of dressing??? Homemade Italian Dressing made by using 2 Tbsp. of my new seasoning mixed with 1/4 cup vinegar, 2/3 cup oil, and 2 Tbsp. water.
A great Sunday dinner – with a couple great guys.
And BTW – if you didn’t want to have sandwiches (or didn’t have buns or bread!), I’m betting this roast beef would be great served with creamy mashed potatoes or wide egg noodles too.
Cheers & Hugs,