Food Network star Valerie Bertinelli’s beef sandwich recipe gets a burst of flavor from slow cooker braising. It’s the perfect recipe for a lazy day to feed a crowd, and the chef completes this dish with his pie and delicious Giardiniera Aioli.
Valérie Bertinelli says her beef sandwiches are harder to pronounce than to do
In her cookbook Valérie’s home cooking, Bertinelli explains that the charm of this dish lies in its speed of assembly. The slow cooker is “used a lot” for these simple sandwiches topped with a flavorful aioli.
“The funny thing about this sandwich is that it’s much harder to say the name than to put it together,” she wrote. “You’d be surprised how easy it is to make aioli.”
As she points out, the aioli – a garlic sauce – is made in a food processor, which “does all the work, and then the rest of that sandwich is what I like to call good messy.”
Bertinelli’s sandwiches, she writes, are “hearty, juicy, flavorful, decadent, and perfect for a tailgating party, or just a Sunday or Monday get-together.”
Bertinelli puts his own twist on aioli for this recipe
Her recipe includes a boneless chuck roast, diced tomatoes, sliced bell peppers, sliced yellow onions, minced garlic cloves, Italian seasonings and fennel seeds, and everything is slow cooked for about eight hours.
the old One day at a time star suggests making your own Italian seasoning with granulated garlic and crushed red pepper, plus these dried herbs: basil, marjoram, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. “Not only is it fun to experiment with making your own seasoning, it’s also a money saver,” she writes.
For the aioli to spread on bread, the Bertinelli version focuses on flavor. Aioli is traditionally prepared with fresh garlic, olive oil, lemon and salt. Although she uses these ingredients, she substitutes the lemon for a jar of drained giardiniera and Dijon mustard.
His use of pickled vegetable relish infuses “sour, saltiness and tartness” into the spread. Combined with the beef, it has the bite of horseradish, except that in Bertinelli’s aioli, the garlic sweetens the flavor.
Finally, the beef and vegetables are served on toasted French bread. That’s it! The slow cooker turns meat into tender, melt-in-your-mouth meat for the ultimate low-maintenance meal.
Find the full recipe on the Food Network website or in Bertinelli’s cookbook, Valérie’s home cooking.
Bertinelli’s beef sandwiches are a quick and easy hit with critics
Food Network reviewers loved Valerie Bertinelli’s incredibly simple recipe and who can blame them? It doesn’t bind cooks to the stove or oven and is absolutely delicious.
“I make this all the time for my family, for friends, for this, for that because the flavors are amazing!! This recipe is one of my all time favorites! Valerie, thank you for this one and all the others. I never fail your recipes!” wrote one home cook.
Another reviewer added: “Really tasty and easy to make – This is a dish my taste buds are craving again so this will surely become a staple recipe for my home.”
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