How to make french dip sandwich in a slow cooker

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If I'd have to choose a favorite sandwich, I would say that the classic French dip sandwich goes down as my all time favorite. In the recipe below juicy beef and onions on a french roll, topped with more onions and served with a side of au jus dipping sauce. The best thing about slow cooking the beef for this amazing sandwich is that the cooking liquid doubles as your au jus!
Start by adding everything to your slow cooker. Before adding your beef I recommend searing it off in a pan. This will add great flavor and color to your beef. Now let your slow cooker do its thing! 8 hours later shred your beef and add into the cooking liquid. To make this sandwich really stand out, I like to add mustard, horseradish and cheese. And don't forget the real star of this dish. The au jus dipping sauce! The juicier and messier this sandwich is, the better!
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich
15 minutes
8 hours
8 hours 15 minutes
2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
4 cloves minced garlic
2 (10 ounce) cans low sodium beef broth
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar or white vinegar
1 tablespoon dried thyme
2 pounds beef chuck roast
1 tablespoon salt
8 french sandwich rolls, split in half horizontally and toasted
16 slices of provolone or swiss cheese
Prepared horseradish
Add everything from onions to dried thyme into a 6-quart slow cooker, stir until combined. Season beef with salt and submerge into slow cooker.
Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours.
Remove beef and shred with a fork.
To make au jus sauce for dipping simply remove 2 cups of cooking liquid and strain.
Return shredded beef to slow cooker and mix in with remaining liquid.
To build sandwich: Place 1 cup of shredded beef and onions onto the bottom of a french roll. Spoon 4 tablespoons of the cooking liquid directly onto the beef. If you feel so inclined, top with cheese, horseradish or mustard. Serve with a side of au jus and fries!
Pro Tip: Sear your beef before adding it to the slow cooker. Set a large skillet to medium high heat and add 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. When oil is hot carefully sear beef on all sides, 2 minutes per side or until golden brown.
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At the end of the cooking time, the meat will be fork-tender, and you should also have a fabulous, rich gravy to keep things nice and moist.
February 19   ·  
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