Thursday, October 1, 2009

Dressed Up French Dip

I usually make a French dip as a quick and easy dinner. Sometimes though I love to make a dressed up version or a grown up version. While this one requires a little more time most of it is in the cooking of the meat. You can choose to cook your meat in the crockpot if you desire but I prefer mine in the oven. If your using your crockpot brown your meat and then cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.

Dressed Up French Dip

3-4 lb chuck roast
Brown the roast on all sides. Place in a dutch oven with about 2 cups of water and place in a 325 degree oven, covered with foil. Cook 3-4 hours or tender. Check for water and don't let it run dry.

2 medium onions, sliced thin
1 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced or 2 4 ounce cans of mushrooms
3 tablespoons butter
Melt butter in pan. Add onions and mushrooms. Cook until a golden brown color. Stir occasionally. Add salt and pepper to taste.

After roast is done shred the beef into bite size pieces. Cover with foil and make the au jus sauce. You can you a packaged aujus sauce with the drippings or just water or you can make your own. I prefer to make my own.

1 (10-1/2 ounce) can French Onion soup
1 (10-1/2 ounce) can Beef Broth
1 can cold water
1/2 teaspoon white sugar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/8 teaspoon salt

Bring ingredients to a boil in saucepan; serve hot.

Next assemble the sandwich. I like to pile the meat onto my roll or bread, I used my Cuban bread for this recipe in the picture, and top with the cooked onions and mushrooms. I also like to put Gruyère cheese on top and melt the cheese under the broiler. Serve with the aujus sauce and enjoy.

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