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Monday, January 23, 2012

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

These were incredible and the best part was, it was super easy to make and not a ton of ingredients! I found this recipe on Pinterest... here is the blog that the recipe came from. This will definitely be a staple in my house hold. The whole family loved it. We served these on crusty french rolls with provolone cheese along side a bowl of some of the juice ("au jus") and mash potatoes and sauteed green beans.

*Aprox 3lb beef chuck roast
*16 oz beef broth (1 1/2 cans)  (I only used one can)
*1 can Campbell's condensed French Onion Soup
*6 oz red wine- (I used a pinot noir (from a $9 bottle. I drank the rest with dinner:) )
*1 tsp garlic powder
*salt and pepper, to taste
*onion- thinly sliced into rings (this wasn't in original recipe... I added it because i love the onions on my sandwich. I put a ton on mine and my husband and daughter ate theirs without the onions.)
*4-6 French Rolls
*sliced provolone cheese, optional (Optional?? This makes it!!)

1. Trim most of the fat off the roast. Season beef all over with salt and pepper. Pour the beef broth, french onion soup, wine and garlic powder into the slow cooker and place beef roast into liquid.

2. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. (I just put my slow cooker on the 6 hour setting, which for my cooker it's a medium/high heat). I added the thin sliced onions to the slow cooker when there was about 2 hours left to cook.

3. Take beef out and let it rest, covered with aluminum foil, for 15 minutes. Slice beef as thin as possible (I used an electric knife). Return beef to slow cooker and cook on your lowest setting for another 20-30 minutes.

4. Lightly toast the bread and evenly distribute cheese between rolls. Divide beef onto rolls. Spoon the beef juice into bowls and serve while hot. Serve each sandwich with it's own bowl of "au jus".
Cook Roast for 6-8 hours

Remove and cover with tin foil and let rest for 15 minutes

Slice as thin as you can... I used an electric knife that helped shave it thinner than I could have with a knife

Place sliced meat back into slow cooker and turn it to the lowest setting. Cook another 20-30 minutes.

I toasted the buns in the toaster oven and then put cheese slice on both top and bottom. Place your meat (and onions if you wish) on bun. 

Serve with a bowl of au jus

Don't forget to dip each bite!!

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