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Yay! Here's another easy weeknight dinner your family will go crazy for: Open-Face Italian Beef Sandwiches. This ground beef version of an Italian Classic is flavorful and fast - my guys gave them a giant "thumbs up", thankfully. These oven-baked sandwiches are also a big hit for watch parties on game day, as well.  #ItalianBeef #SubSandwiches  #OvenBaked  #GroundBeef #EatBeef #SpeedyMeal #Easy #Sandwiches

Open-Face Italian Beef Sandwiches

Yay! Here's another easy weeknight dinner your family will go crazy for: Open-Face Italian Beef Sandwiches. This ground beef version of an Italian Classic is flavorful and fast - my guys gave them a big "thumbs up".

Course Main Course
Keyword Crooked Post Winery, open-face sandwich, sub sandwiches
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8 sandwiches

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 green bell pepper, seeds and membranes removed, diced
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, crushed (may substitute 1 tsp. granulated garlic, if preferred)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine, such as Crooked Post Winery’s Pinot Noir
  • 14 oz. can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pkg. frozen garlic Texas Toast, 8 count
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the ground beef with the green pepper, onion, and garlic until the meat is no longer pink, 8-10 minutes, crumbling the meat as it cooks; drain all fats.
  3. Stir in the red wine, bringing the meat mixture to a high simmer over medium high heat; cook until the wine is reduced by half, 2-3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and tomato paste, returning the mixture to a high simmer once more. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, until the meat mixture is nicely thickened, stirring occasionally; season to taste with salt and pepper, as desired.

  4. Meanwhile, place the Texas toast slices onto a foil-lined baking sheet; bake until lightly golden brown, 8-10 minutes.
  5. To serve, spoon the prepared warm beef mixture onto the toast, then top with a slice of cheese. Bake 2-3 minutes longer or until the cheese is nicely melted. Serve at once.

Recipe Notes

*If you prefer to make this recipe without the wine included as an ingredient, you may substitute beef broth.

*These sandwiches would also be delicious using leftover cooked shredded beef (such as a cooked and shredded chuck roast or arm roasin place of the ground beef.

**If you want to make these Italian Beef sandwiches truly authentic, top them with pepperoncini and sliced green olives before serving! 

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