Discover the savory delight of the French Dip Sandwich, an American classic born from a serendipitous kitchen mishap in Los Angeles. A chef’s accidental plunge of a sandwich into meat juices gave rise to this sumptuously simple dish. It’s perfect for those who relish rich, hearty flavors but don’t have the time for elaborate cooking. The French Dip Sandwich is your go-to for a comforting meal, effortlessly brought to life in a slow cooker. It melds minimal prep with the profound flavors that emerge from slow cooking, resulting in a sandwich that’s both easy to make and deeply gratifying.
To complement your French Dip Sandwich, think of side dishes that balance the richness. A crisp, fresh green salad with a zesty vinaigrette can cut through the meat’s savoriness. Or go traditional with sides like garlic fries, tangy coleslaw, or a bright, homemade pickled vegetable for an extra crunch.
Easy Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
4 lbs beef chuck roast
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 large onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon dried thyme
6-8 hoagie rolls
8-12 slices provolone cheese
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Sear the beef chuck roast, seasoned with salt and pepper, in a skillet with olive oil until it forms a golden-brown crust.
Place the onions and garlic in the slow cooker, topped with the seared roast.
Mix beef broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, and thyme. Pour over the beef.
Cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4-5 hours, until the beef is tender and shreds easily.
Shred the beef and skim the fat from the cooking juices, discarding the bay leaf. Use the juices as au jus for dipping.
Broil the hoagie rolls with shredded beef and provolone cheese until the cheese melts.
Serve immediately, accompanied by warm au jus.
Variations & Tips:
For added flavor, mix a splash of red wine into the broth.
Add crushed red pepper flakes for a spicy kick.
Sautéed mushrooms can be added for an earthy flavor.
Refrigerate the juices for easier fat removal, resulting in a clearer au jus.
A dab of horseradish sauce on the bun adds a tangy zest.
Select high-grade chuck roast for the best flavor.
Enjoy this effortless yet satisfying meal, a testament to the beauty of simple, slow-cooked goodness. The French Dip Sandwich is not just a meal; it’s a culinary journey that promises warmth and comfort in every bite.