French Dip Sandwich Recipe
Ingredients you will need:
- Beef chuck roast
- Black pepper
- Olive oil
- Yellow onions
- Beef broth
- Worchestershire sauce
- Soy sauce
- Provolone sliced cheese
- Hoagie rolls
How to Make Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches
To begin, you will need to gather and prepare your ingredients. I like to begin with everything on hand so I am not running around the kitchen trying to find it later.
Season the beef as directed, then sear briefly in a hot pan. Using tongs, you will make sure all sides are seared (top, bottom, and around each side). This helps to add extra flavor and seal in moisture during cooking.
When you remove the beef from the skillet, don’t turn off the heat. Instead, you will then saute the onion, garlic, and some of the herbs.
Place the beef in the slow cooker, and then top with your sauteed onions and garlic.
Add the remaining ingredients for the beef into the slow cooker and stir well coating the beef. You will not be using the flour or butter at this time.
Set your appropriate heat and cook time, cover, and let the beef cook as directed.
Once the beef has cooked down, you will remove it from your slow cooker and shred with forks.
Before placing the beef back into the slow cooker to keep warm, you will pour the juices out and through a strainer into a bowl or saucepan. If you plan to thicken it, follow the instructions for doing so. If not, save to use for dipping your sandwiches.
I like to put a bit of the juice back into the slow cooker once strained, and then pour my shredded beef in and stir to make sure it is coated well and stays moist.
To prepare sandwiches, you will toast buns, place shredded meat on them, and then top with cheese or any other toppings you prefer.
How to serve French Dip Sandwiches?
Serve with a side of au jus for dipping (recipe below).
Questions and Tips:
What is the Best Beef for French Dip?
I am using a whole chuck roast for making these. When cooked in the slow cooker the beef becomes tender and gets to the point it practically melts in your mouth. You want beef that will become tender and delicious as it is cooked in the slow cooker.
What is the Best Bread for Beef Sandwiches?
When making these beef sandwiches, you want to make sure you are using a sturdy bread that won’t fall apart when dipped into the au jus. I find that most hoagie or sub rolls work well, but I prefer a nice French bread when possible. It has that tender soft bread inside and a crunchier crust that allows for a strong base for the sandwich that won’t fall apart easily when dipped.
Should I Add Cheese to My French Dip Sandwich?
Traditionally, when making a french dip sandwich the cheese to use is provolone. I think it gives the best flavor and I love the texture it gives as it melts on the sandwich. If you have a cheese you prefer, you can change it to the one you like best. You want to make sure it is a cheese that melts well so that it gets ooey-gooey on the roll.
Other cheeses that are popular on a French dip sandwich are swiss, pepper jack, and the classic Cheez-Wiz that you find in select restaurants.
French Dip Sandwich Recipe
- 3 pounds whole beef chuck roast
- ½ tablespoon salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons black pepper
- 2 teaspoons oregano
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 small yellow onions chopped
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 sprigs thyme
- 1 cup low sodium beef broth
- 2 tablespoons Worchestire sauce
- 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
- 1 cup beer
- provolone sliced cheese
- hoagie rolls
Thickened au jus-
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 tablespoons flour
- au jus sauce
- Season beef with salt, pepper, and oregano.
- Warm oil over medium high heat on a large plan.
- Sear seasoned beef on both sides until a beautiful brown sear color occurs (about 3-4 minutes per side).
- Remove beef and set aside.
- Into the same pan, add onions and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add in garlic, and cook an additional 30 seconds.
- Place onions and beef and remaining ingredients into a slow cooker. Close with lid and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.
- Once beef is cooked, remove beef and set to the side. Drain sauce over a colander into a large bowl. The juice left over is the au jus that can be thickened. (Note below.)
- Shred beef and return to the slow cooker with some of the au jus to keep moist.
- To assemble sandwiches, place cheese into the inside of a hoagie roll and toast in the oven over 450 degrees for a few minutes, or until cheese melts.
- Top hoagie rolls with shredded beef.
- Serve with au jus to dip into.
- Serves: 8-10 sandwiches
Au just can be served as is, or can be thickened by cooking a slurry and adding in the au jus.
- Melt butter in a medium pot over medium high heat.
- Add flour, whisk and cook for a minute and slowly whisk in the au jus.
- Continue whisking and let it come to a boil.
- Once it comes to a boil, lower to a simmer and cook for about 4-5 minutes.
- Turn off heat, and the sauce will thicken a bit more once cooled down.
Instant Pot Directions
- Season beef with salt, pepper, and oregano. Turn on pressure cooker to SAUTE HIGH and heat oil. Place seasoned beef in pot and sear for 5 minutes. Flip and sear for an additional 5 minutes. Remove from pot and set aside.
- Add onions to the pot and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add in garlic, and cook an additional 30 seconds.Place onions and remaining ingredients into Instant pot. Stir. Add beef back to pot, nestling in the liquid. Place on lid and seal valve. Cook on HIGH pressure 45 minutes then allow pressure to naturally release 25 minutes. Let out any remaining pressure.
- Proceed with crockpot directions above.
- For sandwiches: Preheat oven to 375°F. Open up sliced hoagie buns and butter the insides. Place opened buns on a baking sheet and toast for 5 minutes. Remove from oven, add a slice of provolone cheese to each roll, and bake for 1 minute longer. Divide beef between buns and serve immediately serving with au jus for dipping.