These mini French Dip sandwiches are one of the easiest meals to make! Your crockpot will do most of the cooking and it will leave you with tender and flavorful beef and a tasty sauce to go with it! These slider sandwiches are fun for parties but also make a simple weeknight family meal!
I have been married for 19 years and would you believe the crockpot we got as a wedding gift is still chugging along? It isn’t really pretty. It doesn’t have fancy buttons or options. It is as low-tech as they come. It has one dial that says “high, medium, low”.
The other crockpot I have has a lid that opens on both ends for easy access, it has a timer, a million settings, and an option to just “keep things warm”. The problem is the seal around the lid is broken, the lid ends that lift don’t clasp very well, the temperature settings are hotter than they should be, and even “warm” tends to overcook food.
I like this newer crockpot, but sometimes I am reminded of the phrase “oldie but goodie”. Just because something is new, doesn’t mean it is better.
Regardless of what your crockpot looks like or how old it is, this recipe is a crockpot great! You will love how easy it is (a true dump and go recipe)!
What Is A French Dip Sandwich?
A French dip sandwich is also known as a beef dip sandwich. This hot sandwich is made with thinly sliced or shredded roast beef served a French roll or baguette. It is usually served plain but sometimes you will find it served with cheese or onions, and it is served with a dipping sauce made with the drippings and other flavorings.
What Meat Do I Use For French Dip Sandwiches?
Since this sandwich is cooked low and slow, you need a cut of beef that can handle that cooking process. Rump roast or a chuck roast lend themselves perfectly to slow cooking, they break down and become so tender the longer they cook.
How Do I Make French Dip Sandwiches?
STEP ONE – Place your chuck roast (trim the roast if it has too much fat) in the crockpot.
STEP TWO – Cover the roast with two cans of beef consomme, water, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours (no peeking!)
STEP THREE – After 8 hours, remove the roast two a bowl to shred with two forks. Strain the “au jus” or broth mixture into a bowl to serve alongside the sandwiches.
STEP FOUR – Split 24 Hawaiian rolls horizontally. Place provolone cheese slices on the bottoms of the rolls. Top the cheese with the shredded beef and place to top buns over the beef. Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter and Italian seasoning and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese has melted and the rolls are golden brown.
French Dip Sandwich Tips
- Beef consomme is a rich tasting, clarified beef stock. I have personally only noticed Cambell’s brand and it is canned. You can definitely use beef beef stock or beef broth in it’s place.
- This recipe does not require a lot of seasoning. You can add salt and pepper to your beef before you place it in the crockpot. But the slow cooking creates most of the flavor. Then of course, you have the dipping sauce too!
- I turned this recipe into slider, but hoagie rolls or French bread canned be used instead.
- When it comes to using a crockpot, set the heat to low, when possible, for the best flavors. Beef prepared in a slow cooker should be cooked to 160 degrees or until fork tender.
- Two things to note when using a slow cooker, avoid over-crowding. Only fill the slow cooker halfway or 2/3 full with ingredients. Always preheat! Give the slow cooker 20 minutes to warm up before adding ingredients.
- If you want to add a little more flavor and you have the time, brown the beef in a skillet before adding to the slow cooker! This adds a deep, caramelized flavor.
- As a reminder, using large, tough cuts of beef, like chuck roasts, for slow cooking! The low-temperature, slow-cooking process allows the fat to break down, resulting in a tender, flavorful meal.
- Feeding your family a balanced diet with nutrient-rich foods, like beef, will help support their immune system and promote a healthy body. A 3-ounce serving of cooked beef provides 25 grams of protein, which makes it an excellent choice for active families.
What To Serve With This French Dip Sandwich?
- 3 lbs beef chuck roast, trimmed
- 2 cans beef consomme
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 24 Hawaiian rolls
- 8 slices provolone
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Place your chuck roast (trim the roast if it has too much fat) in the crockpot.
- Cover the roast with two cans of beef consomme, water, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours (no peeking!)
- After 8 hours, remove the roast two a bowl to shred with two forks. Strain the “au jus” or broth mixture into a bowl to serve alongside the sandwiches.
- Split 24 Hawaiian rolls in half horizontally. Place provolone cheese slices on the bottoms of the rolls. Top the cheese with the shredded beef and place to top buns over the beef.
- Brush the tops of the rolls with melted butter and Italian seasoning and bake for about 15-20 minutes or until cheese has melted and the rolls are golden brown.
Amount Per Serving Calories 276Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 7gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 6gCholesterol 73mgSodium 306mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 20g