Food Network star (and Chicago native) Jeff Mauro's recipe mimics captures the spirit of classic Italian beef without having to invest in a deli slicer. Just so you know, "real" Italian beef sandwiches are completely dunked (bread and all) in the meat juices, or jus. It's messy and marvelous. The recipe comes from Mauro's book, Come on Over (William Morrow, $30).
Preheat oven to 375°. Core, seed and cut 4 green bell peppers into 1-inch-wide strips. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss pepper strips with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, and Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Roast until soft and lighter in color, 20 to 25 minutes, stirring once. Served hot or at room temperature. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.