Homemade Italian Beef Recipe (2023)

Why It Works

  • Using thinly sliced roast beef from a trusted butcher ensures a tender Italian beef, solving the problem of slicing at home.
  • To make an extra beefy jus, beef bones and sliced stew meat are roasted until deeply browned and then simmered for hours.
  • The thinly sliced roast beef warms in the jus at 140°F (60°C), the ideal temperature for balancing tender texture without losing juiciness.

When I moved to Chicago, I wasted little time before devouring all of its iconic dishes. I mean, isn't that what civic pride is all about? My wife and I manhandled a deep dish pizza at Uno's, waited in line for a Chicago-style hot dog at Hot Doug's, and bellied up to the counter for our very first Italian beef at Al's #1 Italian Beef. It didn't take long to figure out that these dishes had one obvious similar trait. Besides embodying a, how shall I say, generous Chicago spirit, they all were spectacularly messy. Condiments crumbled into our laps, cheese stretched for feet, and shirts inevitably picked up stains.

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While none of these iconic dishes are even remotely polite, there's no doubt which one required the tallest stack of napkins. That honor went to the Italian beef, one of the most unwieldy sandwiches ever created. At first glance, it looks like the cousin of the French dip, but instead of coming with a nice little side of jus for you to wet the sandwich's ends with, this bad boy is saturated from the start. Ask for it "dipped" and the whole sandwich is dunked in meaty juices, soaking the bread to the core. I know this sounds insane, and if you're talking about the mess, you're absolutely right. There's no respectable way to eat one of these. All you can hope to do is contain the chaos.

The shock of eating one of these for the first time is genuine, but great sandwiches are not built on blunt tricks alone. The true power of the Italian beef is how it takes one of the leanest, toughest, and least flavorful parts of the cow, the lean and boring round, and transforms it into something so unhinged and supremely beefy. If you're looking to try one of these for yourself, it's hard to go wrong with offerings atAl's #1 Italian,Johnnie's Beef, or, a personal favorite,Bari. But what if you don't live in the Chicagoland area or just want to make one at home?

What Is an Italian Beef?

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First we need to nail down what this beast of a sandwich is, because it's slightly more confusing than it first appears. I've always thought of the sandwich as a spruced up roast beef sandwich, but that's not quite the case. Watchthis behind the scenes video at Al's #1 Italian Beefand you'll see they start with an enormous hunk of beef roasted with a fair amount of liquid. You'd think that would make this a braised dish, much like aroast beef po' boy, but that's not quite true, either. The beef isn't cooked to the point where it falls apart like a pot roast. Instead, the roast is cut very thin, and these slices maintain some of their integrity.

Though the sandwich is a bit tricky to define, making one looks simple enough: roast a big hunk of meat with water and seasonings, thinly slice the meat, combine the slices with the flavorful leftover liquid from cooking, and then serve it all on rolls. This is basically what I did a few years ago when I followed the very good recipe fromSaveur. Yet I couldn't help but feel like something was missing from the finished sandwich. While solid, it never quite crossed the line into pure mayhem like the best Italian beefs.

Beefing Up the Jus

While it's almost always referred to as being servedau jus, the liquid used with an Italian beef is actually more of a broth. In the strictest sense, the jus only refers to the juices released from the meat. While a vat of this elixir would be pure heaven, a single roast would never release enough natural juices necessary for the sandwich (remember: this thing needs to be dunked). To come anywhere close, you'd have to cook an epic amount of meat solely for the juices, turning what should be a humble dish into an insanely expensive project. Simply pouring extra water into the pan with the roast helps with volume but is nowhere near as potent.

The breakthrough came from James Peterson'sWhat's a Cook To Do?, which honestly has a section titled, "How to get more jus from roast meats." Lucky me!

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Peterson's solution is to add inexpensive, flavor-packed stew meat and bones to the pan underneath the roast. It's a method that Kenji uses with hisprime rib recipeto produce extra red wine jus. Since these scraps are used solely to deepen the flavor of the liquid, they can be cooked longer to release more of their juices. For even deeper, more complex flavor, the stew meat is also cut into strips and browned first.

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What kind of beef should you use for this? There are a number options, so try to find what is cheapest for you. For me, that was beef neck, which, at my market at least, had an even ratio of meat to bones. Of course, this means you'll need to cut the meat off the bones, but that's pretty easy. The rest of my mix was made of oxtails, which are more expensive but add loads of body. Beef shin is also a great option if you can find it.

The only further additions were some aromatics and a few spices, like clove and black pepper, to give it some personality. Simmer everything for about four hours and that's it.

The additional beef scraps accomplished everything I wanted in the liquid, making it richer and more savory. The only problem, oddly enough, was with the roast.

The Roast

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I thought the roast would be the easy part. Almost every source I found online called for using a hunk of round, which comes from the very back of the cow. Sure, it's tough and lean, but it's cheap, and using anything else would kind of go against everything this sandwich is about. All I thought I needed to do was mimic what they do at Al's: roast it with some liquid, let it cool, and then cut it into thin slices. While this sort of worked, the beef was never quite as tender as I wanted it to be.

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The problem? Equipment. Walk to the end of the counter at the original Al's #1 Italian Beef on Taylor and peek into the kitchen. There you'll see a meat slicer that's about the size of a fridge. This hulking machine is what allows Al's #1 to get its beef so thin, almost to the point where the slightest touch breaks each sheet apart. At home, I have to rely on my knives for slicing, and even the best cook in the world will never match an electric slicer for even, thin slices.

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On one hand, finding out about the slicer was great news—this is how to make the meat so tender!—but it left one enormous problem: I don't have an enormous meat slicer at home. So where to go from here?

A number of recipes online recommend a solution to this problem: cooking the beef until it falls apart like a pot roast. This can be utterly delicious, but it's not, strictly speaking, an Italian beef, and I'm going for tradition here.

No, I just needed to figure out a way to slice the meat more thinly. One method for achieving this is to let the roast cool, and then transfer it to the freezer for an hour or two to firm it up. This does make it slightly easier to cut those paper-thin slices, but no matter how carefully I carved, I could never get the slices as uniformly thin as they needed to be. I worried that this was the end of the line—that I'd have to give up trying to come up with an accurate Italian beef recipe and settle for one that was merely close-ish. But what's the fun in that?

Giving Up the Roast

I'd always assumed an Italian beef was just a glorified roast beef sandwich, and that the best version would follow the same logic: cook until medium-rare and slice thin. But there is one peculiar aspect of the Italian beef that sets it apart. After it's cooked and sliced, the meat is mixed with the warm jus. This essentially continues the cooking process, so even if I did cook the beef to a spot-on 125°F (52°C), those slices would eventually have to take a bath in liquid held at a higher temperature, around 140°F (60°C).

So if the meat is being cooked by the jus anyway, why did I need to roast the meat in the first place? I could make a batch of the jus using scraps and bones, find a butcher to thinly slice uncooked beef for me—thereby solving the thinness problem—and simply add the beef to the jus, cook for a few minutes, and I'd be done. What a genius idea!

Not exactly. When I tested the idea with some meat that I sliced as thinly as possible, the slices were even tougher than before. Plus, the raw meat clouded the liquid, casting it an unappetizing grey. A quick chat with Kenji confirmed that this idea had some serious logistical issues, namely that with thin raw slices of beef, proteins and other contaminants leak out too quickly into the jus, turning it cloudy and robbing the beef of flavor. Not only that, but I'd have to cook the slices in the liquid for a long time for them to become tender. Besides, it was doubtful I'd ever be able to convince some knife wielding butcher to dirty his or her deli slicer with raw meat.

"But what about using good quality roast beef?" Kenji wrote.

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Beef that has been par-cooked through roasting already has its proteins set, meaning they won't leak out into the jus. The idea of using homogenous grey lunch meat didn't sound appealing, but what about delis that roast their own beef? I knew Whole Foods had nice looking roast beef ready for slicing in its deli section. I just made sure to ask for it to be sliced as thinly as possible.

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Taking the Plunge

Now all I had to do was combine the sliced beef and the jus. You could just warm the jus on the stove, swirl in the meat, and you'd probably be okay. But I wanted to get an exact temperature. I started the test at 130°F (54°C) and tried 10 degree increments up to 170°F (77°C). The meat was added and left at each temperature for about 30 seconds.

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130°F was too low. The texture wasn't quite right, the slices were a bit bouncy, and each still had a light red hue, which I'd never encountered with an Italian beef. There was a big change at 140°F—the meat was far more tender and lost the red tint. At 150°F, the meat was still tender but was starting to look grainier. By 160°F, the slices started to curl and dry out, which meant that at 170°F they started to look truly disheveled. 140°F it is.

The Rolls

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Most Italian beefs in Chicago are served on Turano or Gonnella French rolls, which I've always found a bit underwhelming, especially compared to the fresh and flaky rolls often used for New Orleans po' boys or Philadelphia cheesesteaks. But after a few tests, I realized why these rolls are used. The French rolls remain sound and strong after being dipped, unlike extra flaky rolls, which may turn mushy and soft.

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While you can use any hearty French roll straight out of the packaging, I found them a little more pleasing if warmed in the oven for a bit. I just simply wrapped them in aluminum foil so the exterior wouldn't crisp up too much.

Hot and Sweet

Italian beefs are topped with "hot" and/or "sweet peppers," which is code forgiardinieraand roastedgreen peppers. You can make giardiniera at home, but that was one step too many for me, especially since I still had a fridge full of options while taste testing the best versions in Chicago. As for the green peppers, they just need to be roasted in the oven for 40 to 50 minutes, then peeled, stemmed, seeded, and sliced.

To Dip or Not to Dip

After loading up your sandwich with beef and topping it with sweet and hot peppers, your last decision is whether you want the whole sandwich dunked. It'll taste great regardless, but I'd like to give you the hard sell to make the plunge. It's the final flourish to the already ridiculous sandwich, and while it leaves your hands messy, it's well worth the mess.

While I admit it sort of felt like cheating to give up the initial step of cooking the beef myself, it's hard to argue with the end results. Finally, a homemade Italian beef that you can makeanywherethat actually tastes like the best versions in Chicago.

May 2014

Recipe Facts



Cook: 5 hrs

Active: 90 mins

Total: 5 hrs

Serves: 8 servings

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  • 3 pounds (1.4kg) beef necks, or other inexpensive, meaty beef bones like beef shin

  • 2 pounds (900g) oxtails

  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) vegetable, canola, or other neutral oil

  • 1 medium yellow onion (8 ounces; 225g), diced (about 1 cup)

  • 1 large carrot (6 ounces; 170g), chopped (about 3/4 cup)

  • 4 medium cloves garlic, peeled and left whole

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 10 whole black peppercorns

  • 4 cloves

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 green bell peppers

  • 8 Italian rolls

  • 2 pounds (900g) very thinly sliced roast beef (see notes)


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat to 450°F (230°C). Meanwhile, trim as much of the meat off the beef neck bones and oxtails as you easily can. Slice large pieces of meat into thin, 1/4-inch-wide strips. Add meat and bones to a rimmed baking sheet and roast, stirring every 10 minutes, until well browned, about 45 minutes total.

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  2. Meanwhile, in a large Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onion, carrot, and garlic, and cook, stirring often, until onion starts to brown, about 7 minutes. Set aside.

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  3. Transfer browned beef and bones to Dutch oven. Set baking sheet over medium heat, add 1 cup water, and bring to a simmer while scraping up any browned bits, then pour liquid into Dutch oven.

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  4. Add enough additional water to almost cover the beef and bones (about 8 cups; 2L). Add bay leaves, peppercorns, and cloves. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to maintain a very slow simmer. Cook, skimming off any foam that rises to the surface, until liquid reduces to 4 cups, 4 to 5 hours.

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  5. Meanwhile, place green peppers in a cast-iron or oven-safe stainless-steel skillet. Transfer to the 450°F oven and cook, flipping every 10 minutes, until lightly blackened all over, about 40 minutes total. Carefully remove from the oven and set aside. When cool enough to handle, remove skin, stems, and seeds. Slice into 1/4-inch thick strips. Set aside.

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  6. Strain beef broth into a medium-sized saucepan, discarding the meat (or saving for another use), bones, and vegetables. Using an instant-read or probe thermometer, heat over medium-low heat until it reaches 140°F (60°C), then adjust heat as needed to maintain temperature. Season broth with salt and black pepper.

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  7. Wrap the rolls in aluminum foil and place in the 450°F oven. Cook until hot, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove rolls from oven, but keep them wrapped.

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  8. Divide roast beef into 1/4-pound (113g) portions. Add one portion of roast beef to the broth one slice at a time, then slowly stir with a fork until all slices are warmed through, about 30 seconds. Unwrap one roll, and carefully slice horizontally most of the way through, making sure top and bottom are still attached. Use a fork to remove meat from the broth and stuff it in the roll. Top with some giardiniera and roasted peppers. Repeat with remaining beef and bread.

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  9. If you want the sandwich dipped, use a pair of tongs to dip the finished sandwich back in the broth. Eat at once, with a lot of napkins close by.

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For best results, use high quality freshly-sliced roast beef from the deli counter, and ask for it to be sliced as thinly as possible.


What cut of meat is best for Italian beef? ›

Italian Beef is chuck roast (the cut of meat used for pot roast) that is slowly cooked with savory Italian spices until it is soft and tender and easily shredded with a fork. To create the iconic sandwich, soft hoagie rolls are filled with this shredded meat, and then topped with sliced provolone and pickled peppers.

How much Italian beef do I need per person? ›

A question we often get is “How much meat do I need?” The starting rule of thumb is: Boneless Meat: 1/2 lb. per person for adults and 1/4 lb. per person for children.

How many people will 20 pounds of Italian beef feed? ›

Homemade Italian Beef: Great for a crowd

Using a 6 lb roast, we have fed 12-15 people sandwiches for a great lunch. If used for smaller slider sandwiches as a part of a party spread, 6 lbs does a good job feeding 20-25.

What cut of meat is best for Chicago Italian beef? ›

The main ingredient of an Italian beef is roasted, thinly-sliced sirloin tip or top round beef seasoned with Italian herbs like oregano and basil, plus spices including red and black pepper, and occasionally nutmeg and cloves.

Is rump roast or chuck roast better for Italian beef? ›

Typically, Italian beef is made with chuck roast. Other cuts of meat that work well include top round, top sirloin, and bottom round (also known as rump roast).

How is Italian beef made? ›

Italian beef is made using cuts of beef from the sirloin rear or the top/bottom round wet-roasted in broth with garlic, oregano and spices until cooked throughout. The meat is roasted at ≤ 350 °F (177 °C); this results in up to a 45% reduction in weight, but also yields the sandwich's famous 'jus' or gravy.

How many people does 4 lbs of Italian beef feed? ›

This package serves 4 people. This package includes one 4 pound container of Italian Beef and Gravy.

How many people does 5 lbs of Italian beef serve? ›

Authentic Chicago Italian Beef

Each 2.5 lb pack seres 8-10 and comes with 2lbs of gravy; 5lb package serves 10- 16 people and comes with 4lbs of gravy.

How much beef do I need for 10 adults? ›

Bone-in roasts: Figure about one-pound per person. A 10-pound roast will feed 8-10 people. Boneless: Allow about a half-pound per person, which should yield about a 6-ounce piece.

How many pounds of beef do I need for 50 people? ›

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Fish (fillets or steaks)7-1/2 pounds15 pounds
Hamburgers6-1/2–9-1/2 pounds13–15 pounds
Ham or roast beef10 pounds20 pounds
Hot dogs4 pounds7 pounds
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How much beef do I need for 40 people? ›

It's simple to figure how much meat you'll need.
Meat Math Chart.
MeatLean or Extra Lean Ground Meat
Per Person1/4 lb.
4 People1 lb.
12 People3 lb.
40 People10 lb.
5 more columns

How much beef do I need for 20 adults? ›

If the meat is part of a bigger dish, like pasta or curry, plan for 1/4 to 1/3 pound (four to six ounces) per person. That means you'll want at least 2 1/2 pounds of meat if you're planning to have 10 people over to dinner, and 5 or more pounds of meat if you're cooking for 20 guests.

What brand of Italian beef does Portillos use? ›

Marconi is the brand Portillo's uses, but you can use any brand you prefer, including milder varieties. Giardiniera is the most popular topping and it's the way I roll, but it's pretty spicy stuff and you may want something milder. In that case, find or make some sweet peppers.

What kind of bread do you serve Italian beef on? ›

Be sure to use a quality Italian Sandwich roll; not all rolls are created equal. Hot dog buns are out of the question. If you can not find Italian Sandwich rolls, use crusty Italian bread.

What is the most tender flavorful cut of beef? ›

Considered the most tender cut of all, a filet mignon is taken from the center of the beef tenderloin. It is lean yet delivers a melt-in-your mouth, buttery succulence.

How do you get a rump roast to fall apart? ›

If you want your roast to fall apart and be primed for optimal shredding, make sure you get the internal temperature of the meat to about 190-195. This will render all the fat and connective tissue. This is the best thing to watch for if you want to know how to make a tender rump roast.

What to serve with Italian beef? ›

  • Italian Pasta Salad with Tortellini.
  • Cucumber Tomato Salad with Italian Dressing.
  • Baked Parmesan fries.
  • Potato Salad.
  • Million Dollar Macaroni and Cheese.
  • Baked Beans with Brown Sugar and Bacon.
  • Kicked Up Classy Creamy Potato Salad.
  • Strawberry Avocado Broccoli Salad.

What is the most tender beef roast for slow cooker? ›

Top Round Roast

Because it doesn't have the fat content that other roasts do, it comes out its best when it's cooked for hours in the slow cooker to tenderize it. It's less expensive than other beef roasts, which is why it might be a better option for some cooks.

What is Italian meat sauce made of? ›

Bolognese sauce is a classic Italian sauce for pasta made with ground meat such as beef or pork. It's slow cooked with a soffritto of onions, carrots, and celery, tomatoes, and milk to give it a creamy texture. Pronounced "bow-luh-nez," the sauce comes from the Bologna region of Italy, hence the name.

Does Italian beef have cheese? ›

The classic Italian beef comprises thinly shaved roast beef, sweet peppers, giardiniera, and gravy on a bread roll. Different variations are popular, like the removal of sweet peppers and the addition of melted cheddar.

What is the best cut of meat to make roast beef sandwiches? ›

A top loin roast is ideal. It's got plenty of brawny flavor, and all of the fat is on the surface, which you can easily trim off after the meat is cooked. Here, the beef is roasted low and slow to ensure rare, juicy meat. This said, if you want a more economical cut, use bottom, top or eye round here instead.

How much beef do I need for 5 adults? ›

Allow around 375g beef per person, so for four people, you need a joint around 1.5kg, for six, 2.25kg, for eight, 3kg and for 10, 3.75kg.

How many pounds of beef do I need for 22 people? ›

What weight of meat per person to order?
Boneless MeatNumber of PeopleBone in meat
9lb / 4.08kg18 – 1914lb / 6.35kg
10lb / 4.54kg20 – 2116lb / 7.25kg
11lb / 4.98kg22 – 2318lb / 8.16kg
12lb / 5.44kg24 +20lb / 9.07kg
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How much Italian beef do I need for 25 people? ›

Half a pound times 25 people is 12.5 pounds of cooked beef.

Is 2 pounds of ground beef enough for 5 people? ›

A good starting point is 1/2 pound of ground beef per person if you're serving small chili servings and 3/4 pound of ground beef per person for larger servings.

How many pounds of Italian beef do I need for 75 people? ›

That's a generous amoint but I hate running out. Half a pound times 25 people is 12.5 pounds of cooked beef. Typically you lose 25% to shrink so 12.5 divided by 75% means you need just about 17 pounds raw beef. I would use a baron which is tender but not too expensive.

How much does 5 lbs of roast beef feed? ›

You can choose the size of your roast depending on how many servings you would like to make. A 3 pound roast will make about 6 servings while a 5 pound roast will make about 8 servings.

How much beef is enough? ›

Dietary goal

If you eat red meat, limit consumption to no more than about three portions per week. Three portions is equivalent to about 350–500g (about 12–18oz) cooked weight. Consume very little, if any, processed meat.

How many tacos will 5 lbs of meat make? ›

It is based on a formula that uses the average serving of protein on the typical taco is an 1/8th of a pound of meat, which is about 2 ounces of beef before it is cooked. So, a pound of ground beef should nicely fill 8 tacos.

How much taco meat do I need for 20 people? ›

How much taco meat to serve: 10 People = 3.4 pounds. 20 People = 6.7 pounds.

How much taco meat do I need for 30 people? ›

How Much Taco Meat Per Person. The usual rule of thumb is about ¼ cup taco meat per taco so you have room for all those other fillings and toppings! Generally speaking, it's good to budget about 3 tacos per person, which means almost 1 cup of meat for each guest.

How much taco meat to feed 60 people? ›

I figure about 15 pounds of meat per 100 people, but that may depend how hungry your guests are and what sides you serve at your party.

What is a cheap meat to feed a crowd? ›

Great Affordable Cuts of Meat to Choose From:
  • Whole Chicken. A whole chicken is a great, cost-saving meat option that is extremely versatile and easy to cook on your grill or in a smoker. ...
  • Chicken Thighs and Drumsticks. ...
  • Chicken Wings. ...
  • Whole Turkey. ...
  • Beef Back Ribs. ...
  • Pork Ribs. ...
  • Chuck Eye Ribeye Steak. ...
  • Ground Beef.
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How many people will a 3 lb roast feed? ›

If the roast is part of a holiday buffet, estimate that your guests will eat about half a pound per person. If it is the main course for a sit-down dinner, plan on one pound per person or one rib for every two diners. For example, you can plan on a four-bone roast generously serving eight guests.

What is the best beef for a large crowd? ›

Sirloin. Easy to cook and easy to serve, a good sirloin can fill the bellies of ten or more people. All parts of the meat will cook at the same time, and slicing it up doesn't take much elbow grease. Sirloin steaks are a tender and economical way to serve tender bites to a large group.

How many people will a 10 lb beef tenderloin feed? ›

If you shop at a regular supermarket you'll want to order one ahead of time from the meat counter. For a holiday meal you'll want a whole tenderloin, and that will feed approximately 8 – 10 people. Allow at least 1/2 pound per person in your calculation.

How many people will a 5 lb tenderloin feed? ›

If you're feeding four people, you will need 1 pound (16 ounces) of raw, trimmed beef tenderloin, which will yield 3 ounces cooked beef per person. A five-pound trimmed tenderloin will feed 20 people, and so on.

How many people will an 8 lb tenderloin feed? ›

A whole tenderloin can range from 5 to 8 lbs and can feed 6 to 12 people, depending on slices cut and sides served with it.

Why is giardiniera a Chicago thing? ›

Though impossible to know the exact date, giardiniera undoubtedly appeared in Chicago along with the wave of Italian immigration that came to the city in the late 19th century. That's around the time V. Formusa Co., maker of the best-selling giardiniera brand, Marconi, opened.

What frying oil does Portillos use? ›

Oil: Our French fries and onion rings are cooked in a blend of vegetable oil and beef tallow.

What is giardiniera used for? ›

Giardiniera is a versatile condiment that can be used on a variety of different foods, such as bratwurst, bruschetta, burgers, pasta salad, eggs (omelets), hot dogs, tuna salad, sandwiches, and much more. In the U.S. it is not uncommon to use giardiniera on pasta.

What was the original Italian beef? ›

It all began in Chicago...

An Italian Beef is a sandwich, originating in Chicago, made of thin slices of seasoned roast beef, simmered in au jus (known by Chicago locals as 'gravy') on an Italian-style roll. The sandwich's history dates back at least to the late 1920s.

What kind of peppers does Portillo's use? ›

Hot: We top your sandwich with hot giardiniera peppers. Double the peppers by asking for extra hot peppers. Or, get a side of hot peppers to add later. Hot Oil: We'll give you a cup of giardiniera oil on the side, perfect for dipping or pouring right on the sandwich.

What is the hardest cut of beef to cook? ›

Round Steak

According to The Spruce Eats, round steaks tend to have the least fat marbling, making them very tough and less flavorful than steaks coming from other parts of the cow. Because this cut is 100% muscle, round steaks cannot be cooked quickly with high heat like their fattier counterparts.

How do I make cheap beef tender and delicious? ›

How to make cheap cuts of beef tender and delicious
  1. One way to deal with tough muscle fibers is to simply break them apart. ...
  2. Another option is to go with a dry brine, which means to salt the meat well in advance of cooking. ...
  3. Some recipe publications have also touted the idea of using baking soda to tenderize beef.
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What is the toughest cut of beef? ›

Naturally, the toughest parts of beef are found around the legs: The shanks, the rounds, the shoulders, the brisket, and the neck. Round or Heel of Round is another incredibly tough cut of beef, which is why it usually gets made into ground beef with a sampling of other tougher muscle cuts and trimmings.

What type of meat is Italian meat? ›

Types of Italian Meats include Salami, Soppresata, Prosciutto, Pepperoni and more. Both beef and pork are important in the world of Italian Meats. Spices are also on the center stage of the Italian Meats performance. Italy has been the worldwide pioneer in the techniques of curing meats since ancient Roman times.

What kind of beef is best for spaghetti? ›

One of the finest cuts of beef to be served with pasta is chopped filet mignon. The tenderness of the steak paired with the flavor of the sauce creates an unforgettable pasta dish. Ground beef is often used to create the traditional spaghetti and meatballs we all know and love.

What cut of beef is best for beef sandwiches? ›

A top loin roast is ideal. It's got plenty of brawny flavor, and all of the fat is on the surface, which you can easily trim off after the meat is cooked. Here, the beef is roasted low and slow to ensure rare, juicy meat. This said, if you want a more economical cut, use bottom, top or eye round here instead.

What is the most popular Italian meat? ›

While pork is certainly the most popular meat, salamis are also made with other meats, such as beef, wild boar, goose and turkey. There are many, many different salamis made in Italy — mortadella, coppa and soppressata are just a few.

What Italian meat is healthiest? ›

Bresaola: the healthiest and most delicious cured meat from Italy.

Should you drain beef for spaghetti sauce? ›

Lose the fat, keep the flavor.

Be sure to drain the fat from the meat before adding it to the slow cooker. Although using a lean beef like ground sirloin already cuts some of the fat, draining the meat is one more smart step to preventing a greasy sauce.

How long should I simmer spaghetti sauce? ›

The minimum time you should simmer sauce is 30 minutes. This is about how long the oils take to disappear into the sauce (rather than pooling on top). But you should consider simmering for three or more hours, letting it lazily cook away, no more than a few straggling bubbles surfacing at a time.

Do you put oil in spaghetti meat? ›

You don't need oil to cook ground beef. Just put it in a pan and turn the heat on. The fat from the beef will help to keep it from sticking and help keep it moist. You can cook beef in the oven, just line a baking sheet and break the beef up.

What cut of beef does Arby's use for their sandwiches? ›

The "Arby's we grew up on" was a Steamship Round. That is the entire "round primal" shown in diagram. However, several years ago they went to a processed version in order to make production more uniform, I believe it is likely still 'mostly' round that has been pressed and shaped.

What kind of beef does Arby's use for their sandwiches? ›

Stacked ridiculously high with almost all the meats, the famous sandwich comes with two chicken tenders, slices of roast turkey, pit-smoked ham, corned beef, 13-hour smoked brisket, USDA-choice Angus steak, roast beef, and pepper bacon.

How do you make thin beef tender? ›

7 Ways to Tenderize Steak
  1. Pounding. Using a meat mallet (or kitchen mallet) to pound steaks helps soften and tenderize the meat. ...
  2. Salting. Most cuts of steak benefit from being salted up to an hour in advance of cooking, but especially tougher cuts. ...
  3. Marinating. ...
  4. Velveting. ...
  5. Slow Cooking. ...
  6. Enzymatic Application. ...
  7. Scoring.
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How do you thinly slice meat without a slicer? ›

Slightly Freeze the Meat for Easy Slicing
  1. Pat the meat dry with a paper towel to get rid of excess water.
  2. Place the meat on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Freeze for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Once the meat is firm, thinly slice with a well-sharpened knife.
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