Wednesday, December 9, 2009

French Dip Sandwiches




By now most of my friends know that when you have a converation with me, inevitably it's going to be about food. I don't mean for it to happen, it just does, and it makes me so happy! So while having a food conversation with my adorable friend Angela, she mentioned having a homemade French Dip recipe. My husband and I LOVE French dip, but I admit that I've only ever done it with packaged au jus and not from scratch. So when I got the recipe, I was thrilled to discover that I had EVERY single ingredient to put this together. Hallelujah, don't you love that!

This literally takes about five minutes, if that, to throw together in your crockpot, and then you get to smell it brewing all day. I was so excited to eat it that night. I used hamburger buns because it's what I had and, but normally I would probably make this on a hoagie or kaiser roll. I toasted the buns with some really sharp provolone, which was the perfect compliment to the savory meat. My kids also really loved it, which doesn't happen all the time. They thought it was so fun to dip their sandwiches in the "soup" and at once point my daughter wanted to just drink it! Angela suggests adding an onion soup mix to the mix, which I will definitely do next time I make this! I could really go on and on about this sandwich, so you're just going to have to try it for yourselves!


French Dip Sandwiches
Thanks Angela!

Ingredients

1 (4 pound) boneless beef roast (Mine is often smaller than this, 2-3 pounds works fine too. And I usually cut it into a few pieces so it will cook faster/better.)
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 beef bouillon cube
1 bay leaf
3 whole black peppercorns
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder (I used minced garlic)
2-3 cups beef stock or water
package of onion soup mix (optional)
French Bread or Rolls for sandwiches

Directions

Remove and discard all visible fat from the roast. Place trimmed roast in a slow cooker.

In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, bouillon, bay leaf, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme, and garlic powder. Pour mixture over roast, and add enough water (i used beef stock) to almost cover roast. Cover, and cook on Low heat for 10 to 12 hours, or until meat is very tender (mine completely fell apart after sitting on high for seven house, mmmm).

Remove meat from broth, reserving broth. Shred meat with a fork, and distribute on bread for sandwiches. Used reserved broth for dipping.
(Sometimes I'll make up some beef broth & mix it with the remaining broth if I want more dipping sauce.)

30 comments:

Melody said...

My favorite sandwich by far! This recipe looks delicious and a family winner!

Sara said...

I love French Dip Sandwiches, but haven't tried to make them myself. Looks very easy though and delicious.

Palidor said...

I love french dip sandwiches! Yum, those look delicious. You made them the way I like - with lots of beef!

HoneyB said...

Love the recipe and I totally love your excitement. ;-)

Ingrid said...

I'm thinking my crew would like this too! Mommy already does! Nice and easy, yessss!
~ingrid

The Blonde Duck said...

Amazing!!! Ben will love me forever when I make this!

Jenn said...

I love french dip sammies. It been a while since i've had one. *drool* There's a place in LA that created the original sandwich called Philippes. It sooo good.

Pam said...

My conversations usually end up being about food too. French dip sandwiches are the best!

doggybloggy said...

my favorite sandwich that I most definitely dont eat enough of - time to roast some beef!

Heidi said...

I haven't had a french dip sandwich in years! YUM YUM

Chow and Chatter said...

oh this looks great your blog design always makes me smile so festive

A Year on the Grill said...

Once people find out about my blog, all I get are food questions...

and love aus jus

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

This looks so delicious! Love the 'dip' and your daughter is so cute! I bet it is good enough to drink!

MaryBeth said...

A big winner at our house, we made some not to long ago and they were delish...yours look even better!

burpandslurp said...

yuuuummmm!!!! I didn't know it was so easy to make either! I'll have to give this a try, for sure! oooh la la~~

Kim said...

This looks outstanding. I love making special sandwiches like this at home. I know exactly what you mean about having all the ingredients on hand for a recipe, it's always a good feeling :D

Joanne said...

Crockpot French dip?!?!? Awesome! I love different dips and sauces for sandwiches. such an easy way to spice them up.

The majority of my conversations revolve around food. It's an addiction...

Lara said...

How funny, that I never really thought of au jus sauce as being something you could make yourself. My family loves French dip!

MaRiN said...

Wow, those look fabulous! My husband loves these kind of meals!

Cheryl said...

OH my Lord that is my #1 favaorite sandwich in the whole world, I am making this Saturday! Hurray!

biz319 said...

Okay, I'll admit it too - I've never made it from scratch either!

So simple! This may be football food this week!

Barbara said...

Haven't ever made French Dip at home but this recipe looks terrific AND easy. When I see it on a menu anyplace I always order it.
(Here's a good one: most of my friends are totally unaware I have a food blog! A few have asked for the address when they found out, but they never comment! I don't think they "get" it.)

Julie said...

I think French dip is just about my favorite sandwich, I love this crock pot version!

theUngourmet said...

I really love French dip sandwiches. I've loved them since I was a kid. The dipping part does make it more fun! Yum!

Katy ~ said...

I have never made or had a French dip sandwich. I know my Ole Sweetie-Pi would worship me if I gave him this. Think I should make a quick stop at the Home Depot first. Want to make sure he has everything he needs to build me an altar.

Megan said...

French dips are my go to dinner when I'm in a hurry of dont want to cook but I've never made it home made. I just stop by the deli but thats gonna change. I'm making this pronto. I love how easy it is and I love my crockpot!!!

Erica said...

Ok totally bookmarking this! I am making these for football Sunday next weekend for my husband and his friend. Perfection! What a great recipe

Amanda said...

oh i love this one, i love dip, and sandwiches, but i'm just getting into making it all myself and this looks super good, and easy!

Angela said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as we did! Now I just need to steal your fabulous picture! :)

MaRiN said...

Made these last night and they were great! Family loved them. Thanks so much for the recipe!