There's something incredibly satisfying about sinking your teeth into a hearty sandwich filled with tender beef ragu, nestled between slices of crusty bread. This Beef Ragu Sandwich is a flavor-packed delight that's perfect for a cozy meal at home or to impress your guests at your next gathering. Today, we're sharing our secret recipe to help you create this culinary masterpiece in your own kitchen.
For the Beef Ragu:
1 pound of boneless beef chuck roast
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
1 can (14 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup red wine (optional)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper to taste
For the Sandwich:
Crusty Italian bread or baguette
Fresh basil leaves
Grated Parmesan cheese
Mozzarella cheese (optional)
Butter for toasting (optional)
1. Prepare the Beef Ragu:
a. Start by seasoning the beef chuck roast generously with salt and pepper.
b. In a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the beef roast until it's browned on all sides. Remove and set it aside.
c. In the same pot, add the chopped onion, garlic, carrot, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are soft and fragrant, about 5 minutes.
d. Return the seared beef to the pot, and add the crushed tomatoes, red wine (if using), dried oregano, and dried basil. Stir well to combine.
e. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let the ragu simmer for 2-3 hours, or until the beef is tender and the sauce has thickened. You can also use a slow cooker for this step.
f. Once the ragu is ready, shred the beef using two forks. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed.
2. Assemble the Sandwich:
a. Slice your crusty Italian bread or baguette into individual sandwich-sized portions.
b. Place a generous portion of the beef ragu on the bottom half of each slice.
c. Top the ragu with fresh basil leaves, grated Parmesan cheese, and mozzarella cheese if you prefer your sandwich melty.
d. If you'd like a crunchy crust, spread a thin layer of butter on the outer sides of the bread slices.
e. Heat a skillet or panini press over medium heat. Grill the sandwiches until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted (if using).
f. Remove the sandwiches from the heat, slice them in half, and serve immediately.
Now you're ready to savor the flavors of your homemade Beef Ragu Sandwich! This recipe combines the richness of slow-cooked beef ragu with the freshness of basil and the cheesy goodness of Parmesan and mozzarella. It's a symphony of flavors that will leave your taste buds singing.
Whether you're preparing this sandwich for a cozy night in or to impress your friends and family, you can be sure it'll be a hit. So, roll up your sleeves, gather your ingredients, and get ready to enjoy the delightful experience of making and savoring a Beef Ragu Sandwich that's out of this worldly