Monday, October 12, 2009

What a crock...

A crockpot, that is! French Dip Sandwiches in the crockpot.

This sandwich is a favorite with my family. Really hearty and really easy. If you don't have a crockpot, just use a heavy dutch oven and braise it in the oven at about 300 degrees F for more than a few hours! I still can't bring myself to trust the crockpot when I'm not home, so I usually make this on a really lazy Sunday when we'll be home. Yesterday was one of those days. The weather is finally cooling off. It's been Autumn on the calendar but the temps have been slow to catch up here on Long Island. This is a perfect recipe for a cool, lazy afternoon. Your house will smell so good! I served it with a salad and a side of braised Baby Yukon potatoes and there you have a great dinner that takes no time at all. Well actually it was 6 hours in the crockpot, but almost no effort.  No effort, my favorite kind of recipe.

Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches
Source: Ginger St. Thomas (Gardenweb Recipe Exchange)
Printable Recipe

2 cups water
1/2 cup soy sauce
4 whole peppercorns
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoons dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 lb boneless beef chuck roast, trimmed
8 French or sourdough rolls, split

Combine water, soy sauce, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme and garlic in a slow cooker, stirring until well blended. Place roast in the crock pot and cover.

Cook on high for 5-6 hours or until beef is tender. Remove meat from broth and shred with a fork. Serve beef on rolls. Pour broth in small bowls for dipping.

It's really good topped with cheese, sautéed onions, mushrooms, peppers or whatever you like. My new favorite is roasted red onions and Jarlsberg!

The potatoes...
I didn't have any fingerlings so I subbed a pound and a half of Baby Yukon Golds.  Used a little less water. These were great. and if you happen to leave them on the stove a little too long, you get a nice caramelized bottom layer that was really good. I also used a little less butter.

Braised Fingerling Potato Coins

Source: Gourmet, October 2008
recipe by Melissa Roberts
Printable Recipe

2 pounds fingerling potatoes, peeled if desired
2 cups water
3/4 stick unsalted butter, cut into bits
3 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

an adjustable-blade slicer

Cut a round of parchment paper to fit just inside a 12-inch heavy skillet and butter one side.

Slice potatoes 1/8 inch thick with slicer. Arrange in skillet. Add water, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Dot top with butter. Cover potatoes with parchment, buttered side down, and briskly simmer until tender and most of liquid has evaporated, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley.


  1. it all looks so delish!!! I will try those sandwiches for sure.

  2. Oh my gosh, my mouth is watering and I just ate! I've made that same recipe too but the melted cheese looks 'over the top' good!

    There's something about potatoes and parsley that are just perfect together.

  3. This sandwich look GREAT!!! Sunday is sandwich day at my house. The boys need something GREAT!!! to eat when they watch football. THANKS!!! Geri

  4. The beef sandwich and potatoes both look so good. Nothing like meat and potatoes for a GOOD meal in my opinion :)

  5. You got fancy with your roast - I was really lazy and threw the potatoes and carrots in the crockpot and went to bed! I love French Dip so maybe next time I will give yours a try! Looks great....

  6. Oh that looks great..and the potatoes..delicious!
    The roll is calling me..we have such stinky bakeries out here..
    It looks like a wonderful dinner! I bet it smelled heavenly!
    The only thing I have ever made in my crock pot is stew and pulled pork..I should use it more often!

  7. This sounds so delicious, and I love anything I can put in the crock pot and forget about until it's time to eat. Thanks for the recipes. laurie

  8. Carol, I copied Ginger's Crockpot French Dip recipe several years ago and still have not made it. Thanks for the reminder. Yours looks delicious ... and the topping suggestions all sound good. The braised potato coins sound tasty and easy.

  9. I love french dips! I'll have to try this recipe on a work day sometimes. Those potatoes look awesome.

  10. Carol, that looks so good! I've meant to try this recipe for years... must do!

  11. Oh, yum! I love French dip and the idea of doing it in the crock pot is wonderful!...Debbie

  12. Sounds simple and perfect! Thanks for linking this one up for my slow cooker recipe index!


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