Italian Beef Sandwich made with Sous Vide Beef Chuck Tender Roast, cooked long and slow between 18 to 24 hours. Produces the most tender lean moist roast beef, perfect for Italian Beef Sandwich. Slicing the Chuck Tender Roast thinly, and heating meat with Italian seasoned au jus. Sandwich has heaping amounts of hot Italian sliced beef, provolone cheese and pickled vegetables served on soft hoagie bun.
What meat works well for Italian Roast Beef?
The Chuck Tender Roast works perfectly if cooked long very low heat. To achieve this used Sous Vide technique at 135 degrees for 18 to 24 hours. This technique cooks the meat in it’s own juices in water bath controlled by Sous vide immersion circulator. The Chuck Tender Roast Meat is seasoned and placed in vacuum bag, where vacuum packaging machine draws all the air out of the bag. Food Saver is common brand works well and not too expensive. These type of bags can be used to cook or reheated in simmering water bath.
Seasoning the meat:
Seasoning the Chuck Tender Roast before vacuum packing, is important process. First used kosher salt sprinkled all over the Chuck Tender Roast wrap in plastic and refrigerate overnight. Next morning remove plastic wrap and season with black pepper, fresh rosemary, Italian Herbs blend and oil. Place in the vacuum bag and seal with Food Saver or Vacuum machine.
Vacuum packaging meat for Sous Vide works outstandingly well, helps with infusing seasoning into meat and removes air out of the bags. it’s important not to over vacuum, causing liquids out of the bags. Watching carefully the vacuuming process, stopping vacuuming and sealing bag. Look for liquids coming up to vacuum packaging machine, stop and seal at that point.
Sous Vide Cooking Techniques:
The Sous Vide cooking is perfect way to achieve tender moist roasted meat using more tougher meat like Chuck Tender Roast. Using Sous Vide method cooks the meat very slowly for very long period of time at extremely low temperature. Setting circulation immersion machine to 135° F with timer set for 18 to 24 hours depending on size of roast. This done by placing circulation immersion machine into 12 quart stock pot filled with warm water about 2/3rd full. Turning on machine waiting for temperature of the water to reach 135°F. Then placing vacuum bag of Chuck Tender Roast into circulating hot water. Covering the stock pot with plastic wrap to prevent extra evaporation of the hot water bath as it cooks for extended long period of time.
The whole process of cooking by Sous Vide uses phone app. This makes the cooking easy to monitor at any point of time. An alert on phone tells when cooking process is completed. At this point remove vacuum package from water. Then then cutting open the package, reserving cooking juices, place Sous Vide meat onto roasting rack. Roast the Chuck Tender Beef in 425°F oven for 15 to 20 minutes. The roast should have nice bark or caramelization on outside.
The Making of Italian Beef Sandwich