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November 23, 2021

Take a seat turkey, there’s only room for Italian beef at the table this year. We were so inspired by Portillo’s fan @pauljcozzi who made an Italian beef stuffing last Thanksgiving that we had to create our own! Dig into the most Chicago Thanksgiving recipe ever created.

What you’ll need

  • Small Take and Make Italian Beef Kit, which includes:
    • Italian beef and cold gravy
    • Hot giardiniera
    • Sweet peppers
    • Eight 4" French bread rolls
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Cut French bread into 1” cubes and divide between 2 rimmed baking sheets. Bake for 12 minutes until cubes are dry, but not hard.
  2. Place entire contents of gravy container in a large saucepot. Heat over medium heat until gravy reaches 180°F. Do not boil. This takes about 20 minutes.
  3. While gravy is heating, use scissors to cut open beef package and gently squeeze the package to loosen the beef. Remove the beef from the package onto a cutting board. Hold a section of beef in the palm of one hand, then carefully separate the individual slices. Stack the slices, being careful to avoid tearing or shredding the beef.
  4. Add enough prepared beef slices to the gravy to create 2-3 sandwiches at a time and stir. Add more beef one minute at a time and continue to stir in between additions. For maximum flavor and tenderness, keep the temperature between 165°F and 180°F.
  5. Cut sweet peppers into half-inch pieces and set to the side
  6. Drain about a half jar of giardiniera peppers into a small bowl and set to the side (add more if you like it hot!)
  7. Reserve 2 cups of gravy from the saucepot and set to the side
  8. Add cubed bread to a large mixing bowl. Using tongs, add about 2 ½-3 cups of Italian beef (it’s okay if some gravy joins), then add 1 ½ cups gravy to the mixture. Add sweet peppers, hot peppers, and 1 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese. Toss thoroughly with a large spoon.
  9. Pour mixture into 9x13 pan. Add 1/2 cup remaining cheese and ¼ cup gravy from sauce pot.
  10. Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes. Uncover and bake another 15 minutes until crisp and golden. If you prefer your Italian beef sandwiches dipped, pour a little more gravy over your serving before devouring.



Italian beef stuffing >>> Turkey stuffing. Recipe inspo @pauljcozzi on IG. ##fyp ##thanksgiving ##recipe

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