There is something about a French Dip sandwich that is comforting in a deeply satisfying way. I love a good meatless meal, but sometimes beef is the answer. Drip beef. All tender and flavorful, on a crusty bun, with melty cheese, maybe some caramelized onions... Then you take all of that and dunk it in a savory broth...
Are you salivating yet?
And with your slow cooker, this is just about the easiest dinner ever. All it takes is a roast, 2 packets of seasoning, and some water. Just let it cook all day, until the meat falls apart. If you're home during the day, it will tease you with its aroma until you can't take it any more and you have to have dinner early! But it's worth the wait, so restrain yourself.
I won't tell you that it's particularly healthy. It's not. But it's so yummy! Save up your calories to splurge on this one!
Easy Crockpot French Dip
3-4 lb. beef chuck roast
1 packet Good Seasons Italian Dressing mix
1 packet onion soup mix
good sandwich rolls
sliced provolone cheese
caramelized onions (optional)
Place the roast in the crockpot, and sprinkle with both packets of seasoning. Add water to almost cover the roast. (The amount or water will vary depending on the size of your crockpot and the size of your roast.) Cook on low for 8 hours, or until meat falls apart. Remove meat from the crock pot, reserving the cooking liquid.
Shred the meat, and pile it on split sandwich rolls. To make things extra amazing, toast the rolls in the oven (I put them under the broiler for a minute or two), and let the provolone melt onto the top part before assembling your sandwiches. Top with caramelized onions, if desired.
Ladle reserved liquid (jus) into ramekins and serve alongside sandwiches.
**I highly recommend that you spoon off the fat before serving the jus. (I use my nifty fat separator, which makes it a very simple task.)