Thursday, January 28, 2010

A Man's Kind of Meal: French Dip Sandwiches

I am sad to announce this was the last beef roast I had in our freezer. And I'm also sad to announce that I only make one thing with our beef roasts - French Dip Sandwiches. I know some people do beef and noodles, beef stew, etc., but I just can't imagine putting a roast in the crock pot and it not developing into mouth-watering french dip sandwiches. So that is what I make.

This recipe is SO easy. It only requires 4 ingredients, minus the bun. So, to all my fellow mothers out there, you can't pass this one by, as it is another set and forget meal. As I'm typing this, I can't wait to have a leftover sandwich for my lunch today!

French Dip Sandwiches w/ Au Jus
1 beef roast
1 bottle beer (I used Samuel Adam's Boston Lager)
3 T. minced garlic
Lawry's Seasoning Salt
*For you gluten intolerant folks, just buy gluten free beer (use one and drink the rest), or use beef stock, but I do find the great flavor comes from the BEER*

Rub Lawry's generously over entire roast. Place frozen roast (yes, I said frozen!) in crock pot. Smear on garlic and pour in beer. Set crock pot to low and let cook for 6-8 hours. About 2 hours before you eat, I usually flip the roast over, so the other half can soak up all the juices, at which point it's so tender it falls apart anyway!


When ready to eat, take two forks and shred meat and let it sit in the au jus. Serve on a bun, with a side of au jus for dipping. And yes, that is ketchup on my bun as well.....sorry I just can't go without it!


Cooking Tip: Always ask your husband WHICH beer you should use in this recipe. I guess I was supposed to use his cheap beer. Honestly though, I really think the dark lager beer made this taste perfect.
Do you use any recipes that require beer?
I love a good beer, especially an ice cold one in a frosty mug.
So when I don't drink it, I cook with it.

11 comments:

  1. I never thought of making it myself! I few times I've gotten it at the deli with the au jus that comes with it. I love cooking in my crock pot and I could do this myself, which I will this weekend! Thanks for the recipe!

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  2. I had never thought of cooking a roast and using it as a french dip instead of having it with potatoes, carrots and gravy! Thanks for the great idea!

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  3. Mmm, this would be such a hit at my house! Crock pots save the day, always.

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  4. This would be a huge hit in our house too! My boyfriend Matt loves meat & beer! Ill have to try it soon!

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  5. I love crock pot recipes! Where did you get your beef? I see it's labeled not for sale. This is on next weeks meal plan for sure at 365 In.

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  6. Laura, this roast came when we got a 1/4 of a cow from a local butcher. I think that is why it says "not for sale"! I'm sad to say it is now all gone....what to get another 1/4, but it is SO expensive!

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  7. Men get so particular about their beer, eh? Never use a man's good beer for cooking. It's a sacrilege!

    That looks great though. I might have to try it, and soon.

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  8. Men get so particular about their beer, eh? Never use a man's good beer for cooking. It's a sacrilege!

    That looks great though. I might have to try it, and soon.

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  9. I had never thought of cooking a roast and using it as a french dip instead of having it with potatoes, carrots and gravy! Thanks for the great idea!

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  10. This would be a huge hit in our house too! My boyfriend Matt loves meat & beer! Ill have to try it soon!

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  11. I love crock pot recipes! Where did you get your beef? I see it's labeled not for sale. This is on next weeks meal plan for sure at 365 In.

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