When I made the Slow Cooker Italian Roast Beef a couple of weeks ago, I had leftover roast and decided to make sandwiches. One of my favorite hot sandwiches is Italian Meatball Subs, so instead of the meatballs, I used shredded roast beef. These Italian Roast Beef Sandwiches were delicious and so easy to make! Plus, I learned an important lesson… waxed paper is flammable when placed in the oven under the broiler.
If the Italian roast beef, isn’t already warm, heat it in the microwave until hot. Then, preheat the broiler. Cut open a sub roll or hoagie bun. Instead of slicing the roll in half, like a regular sub sandwich, I cut a crater into the top of the rolls so that the meat wouldn’t spill out. First put down slices of mozzarella cheese, then top it shredded Italian roast beef and extra pasta sauce, if desired.
Top the sandwiches with shredded cheese and a sprinkle of oregano. Place them on a baking sheet and put them under the broiler until the cheese is melted and starting to brown. I decided to line my pan with waxed paper (instead of using my parchment paper) to minimize the mess and that was a BAD choice! When I peeked in the oven to see how the broiling was going, I was surprised to discover that the waxed paper was on fire. I quickly pulled the pan out of the oven and blew out the fire, which caused the tiny, light pieces of ash to fly all over my kitchen and my sandwiches. So, I had to start all over again and on my second try I broiled them directly on the baking sheet instead and they turned out great.
These Italian Roast Beef sandwiches are great for a family dinner and would also work well for a pot luck or a buffet style meal. Leave the shredded beef in the slow cooker, let guests build their own sandwiches and skip the broiling step.
- Heat the Italian shredded beef in the microwave until hot.
- Preheat the broiler.
- Cut the sub rolls and layer with mozzarella cheese slices, hot Italian shredded beef, extra pasta sauce (optional) and shredded cheese. Top with a sprinkle of oregano.
- Place under the broiler for a few minutes until the cheese is melted and golden brown.