Beef/ Slow Cooker

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

This slow cooker French Dip sandwich is all about fork-tender slow cooked chuck roast served over crusty rolls and topped with melting slices of provolone cheese. Dip in the au jus and eat your way into a warm, hearty dinner!

A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that's a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!

I revisited an old recipe of mine last week and decided to give it a face lift. So today we’ll be doing a hot sandwich that’s the perfect answer for cold days. It’s really all about getting some good chuck roast, tossing in some seasonings and letting it slow cook for 8 hours while filling the house with tempting smells and promises of dinners to come. Most of the work comes from assembling the sandwich later. It’s that easy!

This one will be good for at least 8 sandwiches so that’s either plenty of leftovers for a smaller family or one hearty dinner for a big one.

So let’s get dipping!

A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that's a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!

Like most slow cooker recipes, it was really quick to put together. The searing did require some finesse though because I had 4 pounds of beef clamped precariously in my tongs. It’s a lot of meat! And since I’m mentioning it already, I would say make this if you have a huge family or don’t mind eating the same thing for days. Or you can freeze it. Because it’s a lot of meat!

A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that's a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!

Mixing the broth together was fun. I got to play around with Creole seasoning for the first time, which I heard is a spice mix of paprika, cayenne, oregano, thyme, basil, onion powder, garlic powder and salt and pepper. It had a nice kick to it when I did a taste test. But since such a small portion was used for the entire recipe, this will not be spicy at all.

Once you’re done with the prep state (which I promise is a lot faster than how much I have blabbed so far) toss it in the slow cooker, pour that broth in and sit back and relax for 8 hours. Or go to work. Or sleep! It’s a nice thing waking up to delicious smells in the house.

A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that's a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!

Then it’s shredding time with two forks. This part is easy. Be sure to separate the fatty bits and toss them. I used hoagie rolls because its a perfectly portioned sandwich for one. Ours came in a bag of four, so we got two bags to work with the recipe. Or you could opt for a traditional baguette. Whatever works for you!

Make sure to top with some Provolone cheese for some melty goodness and/or a very thin spread of horseradish mustard just for that bite. Once the sandwich is assembled, toast/broil both halves of the sandwich to melt the cheese and get the bread all nice and crusty. The crustier it is, the more it holds up when you dip! I did mine in a toaster oven since I didn’t feel like heating up the stove top oven for just a few sandwiches, so that’s always an option.

A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that's a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!

And that’s all there is to it. Have fun dipping!

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A slow cooker French Dip sandwich that's a perfect hot fix for cool weather. Dip, dip, dip it in some hearty au jus gravy!

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich


  • Author: The Cooking Jar
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 15 mins
  • Yield: 8

Ingredients

  • 3-4 lb. chuck roast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups beef consomme/broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Creole seasoning
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika

Sandwich assembly:

  • Hoagie rolls/crusty french baguette
  • Provolone cheese
  • Horseradish mustard/cream (optional)

Instructions

  1. Season meat with salt and pepper to taste and sear over medium high heat until browned on both sides
  2. Transfer meat to a slow cooker and add in onions
  3. Combine consomme/broth with garlic, soy sauce, red wine vinegar, Creole seasoning, garlic and onion powders, oregano and paprika. Stir to mix
  4. Pour broth mixture over the meat, cover and cook for 8 hours on low
  5. Once cooked, remove the roast and shred with two forks
  6. To make a sandwich,  add some meat to a hoagie roll cut in half lengthwise and top with provolone cheese
  7. Broil at 450 degrees F for 5 minutes or until cheese has melted
  8. Dish and serve hot with au jus dip

Notes

Adapted from Creole Contessa

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Matt Robinson
    October 17, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Love this so much Farah, especially the seasoning. So perfect and easy to make too.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 17, 2014 at 3:32 PM

      Yup! There’s only one hard part and that’s keeping the sandwich together when you eat and dip!

  • Reply
    Elizabeth @ bowl of delicious!
    October 17, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    I loveeeee French dip sandwiches! And I’ve been obsessed with my slow cooker lately. Can’t wait to try this- pinned! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Thanks, Elizabeth! Just finished eating some and I’m full! Hoping you like it!

  • Reply
    Lisa@Creole Contessa
    October 17, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    That looks delicious Farah! Pinning and sharing.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      Thanks for the great recipe and stopping by, Lisa! We both loved it 🙂

  • Reply
    La Cuisine d'Helene
    October 19, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    I would totally dig in, those would be perfect after a day skiing. Pics are so nice!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 20, 2014 at 7:10 PM

      Thanks, Helene! It really is something great for the cold. Also a great excuse for me to go on a horseradish binge 😉

  • Reply
    Thalia @ butter and brioche
    October 19, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    This is basically the sandwich of my dreams… definitely the perfect excuse for me to pull out and use my slow cooker too. Thanks for sharing the great recipe, pinned!

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      October 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      It’s that time of the year when the slow cooker gets some love!

  • Reply
    Sara
    March 18, 2015 at 9:31 PM

    Hi there…this looks amazing! I’d love to try it but have no idea what Creole seasoning is. Is there something I can substitute as I doubt I’ll find that in my local food store.

    • Reply
      The Cooking Jar
      March 22, 2015 at 3:09 PM

      It’s a mix of spices. Mostly paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano and thyme with some salt and pepper. So if you have any of those sitting in your pantry, toss them in to taste! Hope this helps, Sara 🙂

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