I first shared this recipe for French Dip Sandwiches on Lil’ Luna where I am a contributor. Dinner just got better with these Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches with hearty beef and melted provolone cheese on a toasted bun and dipped in au jus.
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
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This time of year can be stressful with all the parties and activities going on. Lighten your load by making easy meals like these Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches! Not only are they easy, but they are comforting, delicious, and use very few ingredients.
I’m all about eating the holiday goodies like Chocolate Peppermint Blossoms and White Chocolate Raspberry Truffles, but sometimes you need a break from the sweets and crave something hearty and will warm you on a cold snowy, windy day.
A sandwich might not seem that exciting but I’m sure you will love these. That warm crusty bread wrapped around that delicious slow cooked beef and melted cheese is heaven. And of course, you must serve it with au jus- it’s own juices. No need to bring out another pan and make a separate sauce. It’s made from the meat, broth, and seasoning you put into the slow cooker at the beginning.
Before you take each bite, dip that big fat sandwich in your little cup of broth so that the crusty bread soaks it up and gives the sandwich even more flavor. Since you are dipping the sandwich in broth, it’s important that the bread you are using is a good quality sturdy crusty bun that you get from the bakery, not a soft hamburger bun/roll. Believe me, you don’t want your bread disintegrating and falling apart as you eat it.
I know everyone and their mom is getting into pressure cooking with the Instant Pot but I’m still loving my slow cooker. You throw in the beef, broth, soy sauce, water, and spices and let it cook for 6-8 hours or until a fork can easily pierce it. Then you slice up the meat and strain the au jus to serve with it.
As I said before, you need to have a good bun but you can make that even better by toasting them! Just spread some butter on those buns and broil them until they’re nice and toasty. Place some of the beef on the base of each bun and then top it with cheese… because why not?! Pop it back in the oven until it melts and close up the bun and serve the sandwich with the au jus. Easy and so good! This Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches is perfect for a busy (or lazy) day. Enjoy!
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
French Dip Sandwiches
For the Beef
- 1 3-4 pound rib eye beef roast
- 1 can beef broth
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 bay leaf
For the sandwiches
- 4 crusty hoaggie buns
- 8 slices provolone cheese
- Place roast in the slow cooker and pour water, beef broth, and soy sauce on top. Sprinkle with the spices, toss in the bay leaf, and cover.
- Cook on low for 6 hours. Remove from slow cooker, slice, and place back in broth and cook on low 30 more minutes.
- Place meat on a platter and strain all the broth into a bowl to serve with sandwiches.
- Cut the buns in half. Spread butter on the inside of each half and place on a baking sheet. Broil of 1-2 minutes until lightly toasted. Turn oven to 350. Set the top buns aside, leaving the bottoms on the pan. Place meat on buns and top with cheese. Place in oven for 3-5 minutes until cheese begins to melt.
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