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French Dip Sandwiches

I'm not sure why, but Crock Pots intimidate me. Supposedly, you just throw your stuff in there and forget about it. Yeah, right. Do you have any idea how anal I am? I don't forget about anything. I worry about my Crock Pot; I worry about it lighting my house on fire, I worry about it shutting off somehow and coming home to raw meat and no dinner, I worry about it making vegetables too soggy. I'm not equipped for slow-cooking, I'm just not. 
At least I didn't think I was. Then I made French Dip sandwiches. And they were totes amazing! Except my photos don't portray how delicious it was because, let's face it, a giant piece of beef out of a crock-pot doesn't exactly photograph well. 

French Dip Sandwiches
Original recipe from
  • 3 1/2 lbs. Beef Chuck Roast
  • 14.5 oz. Beef Broth
  • 10.5 oz. Condensed French Onion Soup (I used Campbell's)
  • 6 oz. Red Wine
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced (or 1 tsp. garlic powder)
  • salt & pepper
  • 4-6 Bolillo Buns or French rolls
  • Provolone cheese, sliced
  1. Trim excess fat off the chuck roast, season liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour the beef broth, soup, wine, and garlic into a crockpot. Place the roast into the liquid.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, until very tender. Remove the beef from the crock pot, allow it to rest on a cutting board for at least 10 minutes, then cut into thin slices. Place all the sliced meat back into the crockpot for another 30 minutes (I skipped this part because I was STARVING).
  4. Lightly toast the bread, top with cheese, and divide the beef evenly between the rolls. 
  5. Skim the fat from the crockpot, then spoon the beef juice (au jus) into ramekins. Serve each sandwich with it's own ramekin of au jus.
  6. Dip. Bite. Chew. Delicious. 
Serves 4-6.
Sidenote: I used a 2 lbs. chuck roast because I was only cooking for two. It cooked for 6 hours, and was PERFECT. It made three sandwiches; Michael had two, I had one. We had zero leftovers. ZERO. That's how good it was.


  1. I'm finally going to make this. Wish me luck!!!



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