Spicy Roast Beef Sandwich

Bit of house keeping before we get to the recipe- assuming you didn’t just click “skip to recipe,” in which case, enjoy!

A friend showed me a new Chicago style Italian beef sandwich place in town, but they’re on the other side of the city and don’t deliver to me. So I had to make my own, but a little bit different (for laziness reasons).

Instead of shaved or shredded, it’s chopped. I talked myself out of getting a deli slicer and I was far too impatient to shave the roast by hand.

Instead of giardiniera I just chopped a red pepper and a cauliflower into my standard pickled jalapeno. It worked really well!

And finally, this has chipotle aioli on it.

Because I put that shit on everything

Roast Beef Recipe

oh and gruyere.

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 mins
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Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: canadian
Servings: 4 8″ sandwiches
Calories: 656kcal


  • 2 lb roast beef I used my red wine braised 24H sous vide recipe (see above)
  • 4 8in Baguettes sliced, almost through and buttered
  • 200 g gruyere cheese shredded
  • 1/3 cup chipotle aioli

The 'Giardeniera'

  • 6 large jalapeno pepper sliced
  • 1 small cauliflower diced 1/2"
  • 1 large red pepper diced 1/2"
  • 6 clove garlic smashed
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 cup vinegar
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp salt


The 'giardiniera'

  • Whisk together the waterm vinegar, garlic, salt, sugar until solids dissolved
  • bring to a boil in a sauce pan, remove from heat and mix in the veg, stirring to fully mix
  • Allow to cool, add to mason jars and refrigerate at least 24 hours

The sandwiches

  • Open a bun almost all the way, but not enough to break its back
  • stuff with meat, top with cheese and broil for 2-4 minutes or until cheese is gooey and bun is toasted
  • Spread the top with chipotle aioli, slice in half diagonally and serve (ideally au jus, see roast beef recipe above)


Calories: 656kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 190mg | Sodium: 3902mg | Potassium: 1035mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 1984IU | Vitamin C: 211mg | Calcium: 1176mg | Iron: 6mg