**Before you start reading this…. I need to say something up front. I am no food photographer. HAHA… If the pictures don’t look too appetizing, I apologize. But I do make a promise that every recipe is delicious, easy and family friendly!
Dinner time can be a fight, yes? It can be hard come up with something easy and fast and something that everyone likes. When we find something we like we hang on to it for dear life.
Over the last few years our little family has collected a good handful of beef recipes that we come back to time and time again. One of the first recipes that I loved as a new wife and head chef in my home was these French Dip Sandwiches. It was easy, it called for ingredients I already had on hand, and it was so GOOD. It was something that worked well for just me and The Rancher but it was also a great option to feed a crowd. And it works for feeding the little people in my life too. If they aren’t interested in a sandwich, the roast makes for a great supper.
This is a pretty ideal recipe when you need something to through in the crock pot early in the day and you want it ready for dinner when you come home. Come time to eat, all you will have to do is slice up the roast, load up your buns (ha…ha…) and pour a little broth in a bowl. Then dinner is on.
We dress up this sandwich in all different ways. I like it with some fancy cheese when I can but The Rancher just puts on good ol’ American cheese (we affectionately call it “slimey cheese”). Sometimes we cook up some onions and peppers and add them to the mix. Most times The Rancher puts a little steak sauce on with it. And every time, we have the yummiest sandwiches ever!
Just a few tips when it comes to making these French Dip Sandwiches.
-Toasting the buns will help keep your sandwich from getting too soggy.
-If you want the cheese melted, pile it on your meat and put ONLY the meat and cheese in the microwave. This will keep the bun from getting soggy.
-To change up your sandwich, add peppers, onions, cheese, or mushrooms.
French Dip Sandwiches
- 3 pound chuck roast
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1/3 cup soil sauce
- 1 tbsp onion flakes
- 1 tsp italian seasonings
- 1/8 tsp garlic powder
- 3-4 peppercorns
- 6 buns
Place the roast in the crock pot. Salt and pepper the roast. Mix together the water, soy sauce, onion flakes, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and peppercorns. Pour over the roast. Cover and cook the roast 7-8 hours on low. When getting ready to serve, ladle off the fat from the broth. Remove the beef and cut into thin slices. To serve, fill buns with roast beef and serve with broth for dipping.
*Toast the buns to keep the bread from getting too soggy.
*Add cheese, cooked onions or peppers to spice things up.