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Slow-Cooker French Dip with Au Jus Sauce

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Slow-Cooker French Dip with Au Jus Sauce
  • Prep Time 10 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 0 min
  • Servings 4
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Slow-Cooker French Dip with Au Jus Sauce

A fantastic classic French dip sandwich made with slow-cooked roast beef and a simple au jus sauce.

Ingredients

2
pounds beef chuck roast
1
teaspoon kosher salt
1
teaspoon ground black pepper
1
tablespoon sriracha chili sauce
1
quart beef stock
2
cups water (optional)
2
cans (11 oz each) Pillsbury™ refrigerated crusty French loaf

Directions

  • 1 Season roast with salt and pepper and add to a slow cooker. Add the sriracha and beef stock. If the liquid doesn't come at least halfway up the beef, add water by the cup until it does.
  • 2 Cover slow cooker and cook 3-4 hours on HIGH or overnight (8-10 hours) on LOW.
  • 3 Remove beef and shred. Pour off cooking liquid and add to a medium pot. Bring liquid to a simmer for 25-30 minutes until liquid is reduced by about a third. This will be the dipping sauce.
  • 4 Return beef to slow cooker with 1 cup of the cooking liquid and keep warm until serving.
  • 5 Bake Pillsbury™ crusty French loaf according to package. When done, slice loaves in half lengthwise and return to the oven (cut-side down) for 8 minutes to toast bread.
  • 6 To make a sandwich, pile shredded beef high on half of a French bread loaf. Drizzle with sriracha (optional) and serve with au jus sauce on the side for dipping!
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Delicious beef served up au jus on fresh French rolls.

As prepared by Macheesmo,

An easy weeknight meal that will fill and satisfy on a cold winter night.

“The hunch” is not something that detectives use to solve crimes. It’s actually a method for eating sandwiches – when a sandwich is so juicy and delicious, you need to hunch over a plate to eat it without dripping all over you!

A good French Dip is a classic “hunch” sandwich. It also happens to be one of my favorite simple sandwiches. Good beef, cooked slowly, good toasted bread and a rich sauce is all you need to make it work.

 

Slow Cooker French Dip with Au Jus Sauce

You can make French dips out of almost any roast cut, but one with less fat is better. You should estimate about 1/2 pound of beef per sandwich, so a two pound roast will make four hearty sandwiches.

 

Slow Cooker French Dip with Au Jus Sauce

All you have to do to get this started is season the beef with salt and pepper and add it to a slow cooker with a quart of beef stock and enough water to cover the beef by half. It doesn’t have to cover all the way. I added a little sriracha to it because I like spice, but it’s optional!

 

Slow Cooker French Dip with Au Jus Sauce

Cover the slow cooker and cook the roast on high heat for 3-4 hours or on low heat overnight.

Either way, your house will be smelling good!

 

Slow Cooker French Dip with Au Jus Sauce

After cooking, remove the beef roast from the slow cooker, let it cool, and then shred it up using a few forks.

 

Slow Cooker French Dip with Au Jus Sauce

Pour all the cooking liquid out of the slow cooker into another pot. Then and add the beef back in to the slow cooker and add one cup of the cooking liquid over the meat, just to keep it moist and warm until sandwich time.

 

Slow Cooker French Dip with Au Jus Sauce

Now let’s talk sauce. If you’ve ever had a good French dip, you know that the big side of au jus sauce is key to the sandwich. To make the sauce, reduce the remaining cooking liquid by simmering it in a pot for 30 minutes or so. That will concentrate the flavors and make it even more delicious.

 

Slow Cooker French Dip with Au Jus Sauce

Okay. Let’s talk bread. A good French loaf is pretty important to this sandwich. You can’t just use any old sandwich bread. Either buy a good crusty loaf or snag a few Pillsbury Simply French Bread loaves and bake them up.

After the bread bakes, cut it in half and then slice it down the middle. If desired, place the bread back in the oven, cut-side down, for 8-10 minutes to toast it.

 

Slow Cooker French Dip with Au Jus Sauce

When you’re ready, pile on some of the shredded beef and serve each sandwich with a big dipping bowl of the sauce.

 

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Nutrition Information 

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
338.8
Daily Value
Total Fat
12.3g
19%
(
Saturated Fat
4.9g
25%
)
Cholesterol
145.1mg
48%
Sodium
1178.2mg
49%
Potassium
1381.7mg
40%
Total Carbohydrate
4.3g
1%
(
Dietary Fiber
0.4g
2%
,
Sugars
1.8g
)
Protein
52.9g
Daily Value*:
Vitamin C
1.20%
1%
Calcium
5%
5%
Iron
37.60%
38%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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