Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

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I woke up earlier than normal today. In fact, I was up at 5:45ish. Did you even know that hour existed? Well I’m here to tell you it does. So then I thought, I’ll go back to sleep for an hour, which truth be told is still earlier than I would normally get up but… I have to be at school earlier today than normal. Then… I couldn’t go back to sleep. So now I’m blogging.

I’ve also noticed that I start a lot of sentences with so. Just a side note.

The other day I was working on making a shopping list. And if there is something to be known about me, I suck at making lists. I think I get side tracked and generally don’t do them. It’s a long running joke here at my house. One Christmas the hubs asked me to make a list of something. I told him I would when I finished doing what I was doing. 10 minutes later he asked me if I made that list… I looked at him all confused. He explained and my response, “Oh, I forgot.” Now any time he asks me to make a list, that’s my first response.

Anyway I was actually making a shopping list, which he said we needed to do and it hadn’t been done. I took it upon myself to complete this task. So (there’s that so again) I stumbled across a few different recipes that sounded AWESOME! This was one of them. I think I might have been on pinterest, which all in itself is weird because I don’t typically just hang out there searching things. I pin things I want to find for later and I’m out. But apparently this day I forgot I was looking for something and started perusing? I can’t really explain it.

Hubs really likes French dips and truth be told, so do I. Now our biggest critic… she enjoyed this one. It is friggin awesome. Then we had a side of Garlic Mashed potatoes and ended with homemade oreo’s. We’ve had garlic/cheesy mashed potatoes a lot here lately, but I didn’t want the bag to go to waste! Sometimes I forget we have potatoes and they rot. ewwwww!

Now… on with pictures and a recipe!

Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches adapted from Carlsbad Cravings

1 3lb Beef Chuck roast, trimmed of excess fat*
1 tbsp EVOO (extra virgin olive oil!!)
6 hoagie buns
12 slices provolone cheese

  • Slow Cooker ingredients:
    • 1/3 cup soy sauce
    • 1 Cup Coke
    • 2 10.5 oz cans beef consommé**
    • 1/4 cup dry minced onions
    • 4 beef bullion cubes
    • 1 tsp garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp pepper
    • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
1. Heat EVOO over medium high heat in a large nonstick skillet. Sear all sides of the meat.

2. While you’re meat is browning, get the crock pot ready. Turn it on high to get the liquids to heat up, then once you add the meat reduce back to low. Add the crockpot ingredients to the crock pot. whisk together, then add the meat into the crock pot. Remember to back your heat off to low. (speaking of that, I need to go check mine!)

2. Cook on low for 4 hours, then remove roast to a cutting board. Thinly slice across the grain. Place back in the crock pot and continue to cook on low for an additional 1-2 hours.
3. When ready to serve, remove the roast and strain fat from the broth before dipping.
4. Split rolls and line the bottoms on a baking tray. Top each half with beef followed by 2 slices of the Provolone. Bake at 350˚F or until cheese is melted. Serve with the au jus.
*The beef can be more or less. This was just what the recipe I used called for. Just adjust other ingredients accordingly.
**Beef consommé is found in the soup aisle next to the chicken/beef/vegetable broth/stock. If you can’t find it, just sub in beef broth. It’s all good and I won’t tell!

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