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Roasted and Shredded Beef Sandwiches

January 8, 2012


Dear New Year,

Here’s the deal!  I like carrot sticks.  I’m going to keep eating those.  I like oatmeal cookies.  I’m going to continue to consider them a breakfast cookie.  I’ll drink green juices.  I’ll even like it.

Also… I’m going to continue to follow 3 people on Facebook that I don’t actually like.  It’s that ‘keep your enemies close’ thing.

I’m going to drink tea, but I’ll always love coffee more.

I’ll go to church.  I’ll volunteer… and I’ll try to be better all the time.  I’ll try most sincerely.  I’ll try to love more and text less.

I’m going to find a new bourbon to appreciate.  That should be bonkers fun.

I’m going to eat real dinners, unless eating cold cereal while reading Food and Wine magazine makes more sense.

That’s where this roasted beef sandwich comes in.  Gorgeous.  Glorious.  Blessed day!  This could be the answer to unanswered questions.  Slow cooking, good smelling, tender tender, sandwich goodness.

Alright New Year, I’m gonna getcha!




This might have been love at first sight.  Now I know what that’s like.  Thank you!


There is such beauty in the simplicity of this recipe.  Beef roast is combined with broth, lots of raw garlic, onion, fresh sage and fresh thyme.  I used a large Dutch oven… but a slow cooker (crock pot) also works well too!  Beef is slooooooow cooked to tender perfection.  This takes hoooouuuurrrsss.  You can do all sorts of things in the time it takes for this roast to simmer, cook, and make your home smell amazing.

Errands.  Emails.  Closet organizing.  Nail painting.  Cookbook browsing.  Facebook stalking… imagine the things you could do.

After cooking the meat is removed from the liquid and shredded with two forks.  It falls apart, really.  It is a perfect thing.


The roasted beef is matched with brioche buns and spicy horseradish mayonnaise.  Major delicious.  Major boy food.  Major family food.  Set it and forget it…. and then be amazed at what an amazing chef you are!

These photographs were taken with an iPhone using Instagram.  Keeping it simple.

Roasted and Shredded Beef Sandwiches

serves 12

recipe adapted from Everyday Food

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3 pounds beef chuck shoulder roast, cut into 1 pound pieces

4 cups low sodium beef broth

1 head garlic, cloves smashed and peeled

small handful of flat leaf Italian parsley and stems

1 thick slice red onion

3 fresh sage leaves

1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves, and a few fresh stems as well

coarse sea salt and fresh ground black pepper

For the Horseradish Mayonnaise

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1-2 tablespoons prepared horseradish

1 tablespoon chopped chives

1 tablespoon chopped parsley

pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

brioche buns, red onion slices, and dijon mustard for serving

Oven Method:  Preheat oven to 275 degrees F.  In a large Dutch oven with a tight fitting lid, combine beef, broth, garlic, parsley leaves and stems, and onion.  Sprinkle salt and pepper over the meat pieces.  Cover the Dutch oven and place in the oven.  Bake until beef is tender and can be easily pulled apart with two forks. , 5 to 6 hours.

Slow-Cooker Method:  In a 6 or 6 quart slow cooker, combine beef, broth, garlic, parsley leaves and stems, and onion.  Sprinkle salt and pepper over the meat pieces.  Cover and cook on high until beef is tender and can easily be pulled apart with a fork, about 6 hours.

To serve:  with a slotted spoon transfer beef to a large bowl.  Using two forks, pull the meet apart into shreds.  Remove and discard and large fat pieces.  Moisten meat with up to 1 cup of cooking broth.  Reserve some of the remaining liquid for dipping.  Beef can be refrigerated, in an airtight container in the fridge, for up to 5 days.

To make the Horseradish Sauce:  combine mayonnaise, prepared horseradish, chives, parsley, salt and pepper.  Spread on bread as desired.

Serve sandwich with horseradish mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and fresh red onion on toasted brioche buns.  

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