• 10min
    prep time
  • 15min
    total time
  • 2

Simplethings calls this the Southsider sandwich, but we call it a meaty, spicy jackpot of Chicago-inspired goodness. Roast beef, Italian sausage and Tillamook Smoked Black Pepper White Cheddar Cheese tucked into a French roll, covered in mouthwatering gravy and spices.

“Living in Los Angeles means living with people from all over the world. Many of our regular guests are from Chicago and requested a taste of home.” – Andy Paxson of simplethings

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  • Gravy
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano (or just oregano)
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (adjust to personal preference)
  • Prepare the gravy
  • Step 1

    In a small saucepan, add beef stock and all of the spices.

  • Step 2

    Over medium heat, bring to simmer. Set aside for later use.

  • Prepare the sandwich
  • Step 1

    Heat your oven to 350°F.

  • Step 2

    Split the Italian sausage down the center and heat thoroughly in either your microwave (1 minute) or in a small skillet. Set aside.

  • Step 3

    Dip the roast beef into the gravy. Make certain it’s soaked through. You want it juicy. Place the Italian sausage in the roll and top with the gravy soaked beef.

  • Step 4

    Place the two slices of cheese atop the meat and place in the oven for 5 minutes. When cheese has melted, remove sandwich from the oven and pile on the gardinera.

  • Step 5

    Cut in half and serve with extra gravy on the side and plenty of napkins!

Recipe By

Ryan Handel and Andy Paxson

Opened in 2010 by Ryan Handel and Andy Paxson, simplethings was founded on the concept that the best things in life are simple. The devotion of real ingredients has made this classic neighborhood shop offering a modern approach to American comfort favorites an L.A. hot spot.

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