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French Dip Sandwiches Recipe
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French Dip Sandwiches
This recipe is a crowd-pleaser, and your slow cooker does the hard work. See more
  • READY IN 12+ hrs

French Dip Sandwiches

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"Using a slow cooker to cook the meat to just-right tenderness, you too can serve a true French Dip to all of your friends and family during the cold winter nights! C'est si bon!"

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Original recipe makes 10 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    12 hrs

    12 hrs 10 mins


  1. Remove and discard all visible fat from the roast. Place trimmed roast in a slow cooker.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine soy sauce, bouillon, bay leaf, peppercorns, rosemary, thyme, and garlic powder. Pour mixture over roast, and add enough water to almost cover roast. Cover, and cook on Low heat for 10 to 12 hours, or until meat is very tender.
  3. Remove meat from broth, reserving broth. Shred meat with a fork, and distribute on bread for sandwiches. Used reserved broth for dipping.
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  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 11, 2004

OMYGOSH! I stuffed a tri-tip roast into the crockpot in the morning, went shopping, and came home to a wonderful aroma wafting through my house! Not only is this an easy dish, it has an outstanding flavor. The meat was done to perfection after eight hours and the au jus was to die for. I served on french rolls from this site.Since other reviewers had indicated it was a bit salty, I used half the Lite Sodium Soy Sauce and half the bouillon called for.I'm glad I did! It was wonderful! Thanks Gisele. This is a definite keeper in this house!

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 14, 2008

I enjoy using my slow cooker, and this is a recipe I was really looking forward to. In spite of the low rating, the flavour was actually not bad. But I found that there were three key issues I had with the original. My qualms were the following: 1. the type of roast wasn't specified. For my first attempt I used a very cheap cut, which was too fatty, and the sandwiches were cloying. I finally used a tri-tip, and it was fine. This would have been good to know. 2. the slow cooking process seemed to mute the garlic flavour, drowning it out. Again, after using fresh garlic, it really came to life. 3. When I used the bouillion, I found it too salty. On the second attempt, I used homemade beef broth instead (low sodium consomme would have worked as well) and I enjoyed it much more.

Jan 12, 2008

I've tried recipes similar to this and all are very is not necessarily better than another, each is good in its own way, with its own blend of flavors. This recipe differs from others with the herbs and soy sauce which give the meat and au jus a nice, beefy flavor just subtlely enhanced by the herbs. For those who question soy sauce as an ingredient, it is one of many secrets of great chefs, who occasionally use it in beef gravies, sauces, and reductions for flavor and color. I used fresh herbs rather than dried since I have a kitchen herb garden, and fresh, minced garlic for the garlic powder. Other than these minor modifications I made the recipe just as written, and it was perfect...not too salty at all, as others have thought. Perhaps they didn't use enough water? Great take on the classic French Dip, Giselle. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

Aug 05, 2005

Absolutely wonderful! I have made this many, many times and my guests always rave about it. I use sodium reduced soy sauce based upon previous reviews. I serve it using two 6-packs of hoagies and cut each sandwich in half to make 24 mini-sandwiches. On each mini-sandwich I layer the meat and then top with a slice of provalone. Thanks for the great recipe!

Nov 21, 2006

This has to be the best French Dip recipe I have made. I've lost tracked how many times I've made it but it is always a hit. I use a 4-5 lbs chuck roast, rubbing it with garlic powder, seasoning salt, salt and pepper, then brown over the stove before adding to the slow cooker. I saute one onion sliced in the drippings from browning the roast and add it to the slow cooker to help flavor the au jus. After I pull the meat out, I turn the slow cooker on high to reduce the au jus. To serve, I use crusty rolls, pile on the meat, add cheese of choice and add some of the cooked onion and sauted onions. Easy but taste fantastic!

Jul 26, 2004

This is NOT your ordinary French Dip Sandwich! The mixture of soy sauce, rosemary and thyme gave it a unique and very different taste with a definite "kick". The meat just fell apart and stayed nice and moist in the crockpot. I used toasted hoagie rolls instead of the french bread and sliced each sandwich in half at an angle for easier dipping. Both my husband and I just LOVED these sandwiches, plus the leftovers were even better the second day! A definite keeper... Thanks Giselle! :)

Dec 19, 2003

I tried this last summer and my husband said it was the best roast I'd ever made. I tried the other recipe from this site (the one with beer & french onion soup) to compare them and then I made this one again last Saturday and this one definitely won, hands down! I made the french bread rolls from this site to make the sandwiches and it's a good thing I didn't invite anyone for dinner, because the two of us ate almost the whole thing!!!!!

Nov 03, 2005

This was really good... we used regular soy sauce (1 cup instead of the 1/2 cup called for) and 3 cups of water, and it came out pretty salty, so next time we'll use reduced sodium soy sauce. The flavor was excellent, though! Also, we had a lot of au jus left over, and I hate to throw it out, so instead, I started searching for a reipe I could use it in. I found "Quickie French Onion Soup" (also on this site) and used the left over au jus to make a DELICIOUS soup. I counted my au jus as the beef broth and the au jus gravy packet called for in the recipe as I had 24 oz. of au jus left from this french dip recipe. My best friend and I loved it, and even my husband enjoyed it, and he doesn't even care much for french onion soup! It's a great way to use that au jus you have left over... give it a try!


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  • Calories
  • 372 kcal
  • 19%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.8 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 76 mg
  • 25%
  • Fat
  • 14.4 g
  • 22%
  • Fiber
  • 1.5 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 29.6 g
  • 59%
  • Sodium
  • 1173 mg
  • 47%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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