Italian Slow Cooker Beef Sandwiches with Giardiniera Aioli

25 Ratings
Recipe courtesy ofValerie Bertinelli

Total: 8 hr 30 min Cook: 30 min

Yield: 8 sandwiches

Level: Easy



  • Beef:
  • 4 pounds boneless beef chuck roast, quartered
  • 2 red, orange or yellow bell peppers, seeded and sliced 
  • 1 small onion, halved and thinly sliced 
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped 
  • One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil and oregano
  • One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with basil and oregano 
  • 2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning, recipe follows
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole fennel seeds 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • Aioli:
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely grated 
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil 
  • One 16-ounce jar giardiniera, drained
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Four 12- to 14-inch loaves French bread, halved crosswise, split and lightly toasted 
  • Italian Seasoning:
  • 3 tablespoons dried basil
  • 3 tablespoons dried marjoram 
  • 3 tablespoons dried oregano 
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley 
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic 
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary 
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme 
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 


  • Aioli:
  • For the beef: Combine the chuck, bell peppers, onions, garlic, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, fennel seeds, 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, and some pepper in a slow cooker. Cook on the low setting for 8 hours. Use a ladle to remove some of the excess fat from the surface, then coarsely shred the beef with two forks. Season with salt and pepper.

  • For the aioli: Place the egg, garlic and Dijon in a food processor and pulse to combine. With the motor running, add the olive oil and vegetable oil in a very slow steady stream until it is all incorporated. Add the in the giardiniera to the food processor and pulse until chopped. Season with salt and pepper.

  • Spread about 2 tablespoons of the aioli on both sides of the bread and then make sandwiches with the shredded beef. Serve immediately.

  • Italian Seasoning:
  • In a small bowl, mix together the basil, marjoram, oregano, parsley, granulated garlic, rosemary, thyme and red pepper flakes. Store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Show more

Consumption of raw or undercooked eggs, shellfish and meat may increase the risk of foodborne illness.

This recipe has been updated and may differ from what was originally published or broadcast.

Sign Up for the Recipe of the Day Newsletter

Thanks! We have subscribed you to the Recipe of the Day newsletter.
View Our Privacy Policy

25 Ratings

Patsy M.
Can't wait to make this.  There is an error in Aioli recipe tho. Says to mix giardiniera whole to mayo mixture in a bowl.  In the show she adds the giardiniera to blender so that it gets  all chopped.   See All Reviews Post Review

Ideas you'll love