French Dip Sandwiches

6:30 AM

Tonight in our house we had French Dip sandwiches. I have made this a handful of times, each time trying to perfect it. It is such an easy and tasty meal, and you can personalize the Au Jus to your preference. I keep trying to use different combos of spices and ingredients, trying to find a winning match. I haven't been disappointed as of yet, except the one time I didn't buy a lean cut of roast. Fatty meat = fatty drippings = greasy Au Jus, which was pretty gross and slimy. While this particular time didn't scream perfection (none yet did), it still was so, so good and I rejoiced in each and every dunk of the sandwich. I don't think there is a wrong way to make a French Dip, so try it my way, or fancy it up to your liking!


French Dip Sandwiches
Serves 6-8

3 pounds lean beef bottom round roast, trimmed
2 cans beef broth
1 onion, sliced (optional)
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced (optional)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon thyme
splash Worcestershire sauce
hoagie rolls, french rolls, etc
mozzarella cheese, or preferred cheese

1. Put a cast iron dutch oven over medium-high heat. Preheat oven to 275˚.

2. Trim roast of all visible fat (roast should be lean, otherwise the Au Jus will be very greasy). Rinse off roast and pat dry. Liberally season with kosher salt and black pepper on both sides.

3. Drizzle olive oil in dutch oven. Place roast in pot, and let sear for 4-5 minutes. Turn and let sear another 4-5 minutes.

4. Transfer roast to a plate to rest. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add beef broth, onion, mushrooms, thyme, and Worcestershire sauce and stir. Add roast, cover, and bake in the oven for 3-4 hours, or until tender.

5. When roast is done, take dutch oven out of the oven and shred the meat; recover and allow to rest.

6. Turn oven to broiler. Place cheese on top half of rolls and broil top and bottom halves for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Watch carefully, as it will burn quickly.

7. To assemble sandwiches, place shredded beef on the bottom half of the roll and drizzle a little of the drippings over the top just to lightly moisten the bun. Top with other bun, and cut in half for easier handling. Serve with a bowl of Au Jus (the broth) for dipping.

**Optional - Can be cooked in a crock pot. Brown roast in a heavy skillet, if desired, then place in a crock pot, along with the remaining ingredients. Cook over low heat for 6-8 hours, or until tender.

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