A fast and simple way to enjoy classic Italian beef

I'm not originally from Chicago. When I first moved here there were a few Chicago favorites that I quickly grew to love, including Italian Beef. There are many recipes out there for this classic dish but this is the one my family prefers as it has more of a beefy oregano flavor.

Whenever I see any kind of roast beef on sale, I buy one to make this recipe. People often ask what kind of roast to buy. My answer is whatever is on sale. I've used eye of round, bottom round as well as other cuts, and they all work well. The best part of this recipe is that it only takes 10 minutes in the morning to prep, and if you are really pressed for time, you can get away without heating the broth and spices together. In a pinch I have just poured the spices over the beef in the slow cooker and poured the broth on top of that. When you boil the spices and broth together it does help to blend and enhance the spices but if you're in a rush it's one step you can skip.

However you prep this recipe, it's a great way to enjoy a Chicago classic at home.

• Crystal Maleski, is a mom of four from Long Grove who shares family favorite recipes, dinner ideas and a printable grocery shopping list each week at

Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwich

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