Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Easy Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

Fall is right around the corner and with the cool crisp weather headed our way, I am sharing a great slow cooker recipe - Easy Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches!  

Chuck roast slow cooked in beefy broth until tender, served on a french roll with ooey gooey melted cheese with a fantastic side of au jus for dipping. This wonderful classic is a family favorite, perfect for a busy day, parties, game day or when you're craving some good old comfort food.

What you need: Boneless beef chuck roast, condensed beef consomme, condensed beef broth, condensed French onion soup, red wine (optional), pepper to taste, french rolls and cheese slices (optional, mozzarella, provolone, Swiss).

To make: Brown roast (optional - see tip section below), pepper to taste. Place beef in slow cooker that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl mix soups and wine (wine is optional, see tip below) then pour over beef. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. 

When beef is ready, remove and place on cutting board. Slice beef with a knife or shred using two forks. Reserve juice (au jus) in cooker, keeping warm to serve with sandwiches. Split rolls, place them on a non-stick baking sheet. Use desired amount of beef and top with cheese. Place in preheated oven at 400 degrees f until cheese starts to bubble and melts. Remove and serve with a bowl of au jus for dipping. Enjoy!

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If you are looking for a 6 quart slow cooker, I love Hamilton Beach - they are inexpensive and work wonderful. The one I have is no longer in stock (Hamilton Beach 6-Quart Oval Stay Or Go Slow Cooker, Stainless Steel Model 33162R) - I purchased it back in February of 2011 and have used it more times than I count. Here is another 6 quart slow cooker by Hamilton Beach that has great reviews and a great price!  

Hamilton Beach 33461 Stay or Go 6-Quart Portable Slow Cooker (This is an Amazon Affiliate link, please see my disclosure above)

Easy Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

  • 4 pound beef chuck roast, boneless
  • 1 (10.5 ounces) can condensed beef broth
  • 1 (10.5 ounces) can condensed beef consomme
  • 1 (10.5 ounces) can condensed French onion soup
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional but highly recommended)
  • 8 to 10 French rolls or Italian rolls, split
  • package of mozzarella, provolone or Swiss cheese, sliced (optional, but highly recommended) 
  • Pepper to taste


Lightly spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
On a large cutting board, trim excess fat from roast.

Browning Roast (optional)
In a large skillet or dutch oven, add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil over medium high heat - add roast, pepper to taste and brown each side for several minutes. 

Place roast in slow cooker. In a large bowl add soups and wine, mix well and pour over roast. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours or on high for 4 hours. Cooking times will vary depending on how fast or slow your cooker cooks. When ready, remove roast from cooker, slice beef with a knife or shred using two forks on cutting board. Do not discard the broth (au jus) in the cooker - reserve it, keeping it warm in the cooker to serve with sandwiches. 

Assemble Sandwiches
Split rolls, place on non-stick baking sheet. Add desired amount of beef, top with cheese and place in preheated 400 degree F oven or use your broiler. When cheese starts to bubble and melts, remove and serve with a small bowl of au jus (broth) for dipping. Enjoy!

Browning is not necessary but adds great flavor and helps seal in the juices. Red wine is optional too, but I always add it if I have some in the house - same as browning, it adds wonderful flavor to the au jus.  

Many people like to add a cup or more of beer - omit the wine if you use beer.

When there are leftovers I like to make French Dip Bagel Sandwiches - so good. Adding an egg is an awesome addition.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

1 comment:

Sharon Johnson said...

What type of red wine works best with this recipe? Thank you.