March 4, 2015

Crock-Pot French Dip Sandwiches

Make French dip sandwiches easily in the slow cooker!
I love condiments. I work for a restaurant called Saus, which translates to "sauce" in Dutch, so you can imagine I like dips, spread, and shmears. The more condiments, the better. I like to dip anything and everything. The funny thing is, I rarely if ever order a French dip sandwich, despite one of its defining features being that you DIP it into its own juice. Hello! That is a GENIUS concept! Why did it take me so long to make these tasty, flavor filled sandwiches myself? Cause I'm an idiot apparently.

Once again, I turned to Gina from Skinnytaste for a way to satisfy my need to dip but still keep it healthy and PointsPlus friendly. Enter her slow cooker French dip sandwiches (well, technically enter Recipe Girl's because Gina adapted this recipe from her). They're toasty, crunchy, cheesy, and SAUCY. Plus you barely  have to do anything to make these sandwiches come together. I like any meal that starts in a Crock-Pot and ends with extra sauce for dipping.

Crock-Pot French Dip Sandwiches
Recipe adapted very slightly from Skinnytaste
Serves: 8 | Serving Size: 1 sandwich | PointsPlus: 8
  • Beef
    • 3 lb lean beef round roast, trimmed
    • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
    • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
    • 1 tbsp fresh thyme
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 tsp freshly cracked black pepper
    • 29-oz. low-sodium beef broth
    • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    • 10 whole peppercorns
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 large onion, cut into chunks
  • Caramelized onions
    • 1/2 tbsp olive oil
    • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • Peppers
    • 1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and sliced into strips
    • 1 orange red bell pepper, cored seeded, and sliced into strips
      • *You can really use whatever kind of peppers you like. Dan the man does not like green so we swapped it for an orange pepper
  • Sandwich
    • Sargento reduced fat provolone slices
    • Whole wheat baguette, cut into 2-oz. pieces
Crock-Pot French Dip Sandwiches
In a small bowl, mix garlic, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture all over the sides of the roast then place it in your slow cooker (I have a 5 quart Crock-Pot).
Crock-Pot French Dip Sandwiches healthy and easy to make!
Pour the broth into the slow cooker until it covers the meat. Add the Worcestershire sauce, peppercorns, and bay leaf. Cover and cook on low until the meat pulls apart, about 9 hours.
Easily make French Dip Sandwiches in your slow cooker!
Around an hour before the meat is done, start caramelizing the onions and peppers. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper, cooking until golden for about 30 minutes. Transfer to a bowl then add the peppers and cook until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the peppers to the bowl with the onions. 

When the meat is done, remove it from the slow cooker and shred it with a fork. Strain the broth through a chinoise or fine sieve and pour 1/4 cup into a small bowl for dipping. (I have these perfect plates/bowls that have an indent in the center and a large outer area)

Preheat the broiler on your oven. Split the bread open and top with 2 ounces of beef, then with a layer of onions, peppers, and one slice of cheese. Broil until the cheese melts. *BE CAREFUL! I burnt my bread by accident, whoops!
Crock-Pot French Dip Sandwiches
Place the sandwich on a plate with the bowl of broth and DIP AWAY!
Crock-Pot French Dip Sandwiches
Crock-Pot French Dip Sandwiches

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1 comment:

  1. This looks amazing! Trying out the recipe tonight. Left my crockpot on so I could come home to put it all together, hope it comes out as delicious as yours looks!


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