Sunday, September 26, 2010

Simple Frenchy Dips

We had our new neighbors over for dinner on Sunday and I wanted to do a roast but didn't feel like doing the whole "Sunday dinner" (which growing up for me consisted of pot roast, mashed potatoes and gravy, homemade rolls, steamed veggies, jello salad and whatever fabulous dessert my mom concocted that week). Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the traditional Sunday dinner but was in the mood for something more laid back. I went with the traditional roast, but in a Frenchy Dip instead (french dip sandwiches in case you haven't figured that out yet).

Pot Roast (I used a 4 lb roast, but had oodles leftover)
1 packet Lipton onion soup mix
1 packet Au Jus sauce
1/4 cup Water

Hoagi Deli rolls
Sliced swiss or provolone cheese

You throw a packet of Lipton Onion Soup mix and 1/4 cup water into your crock pot with a roast (I like to trim the fat off first). Let this slow cook on low all day (anywhere from 6-8 hours, depending on the size of your roast). It is done when the meat shreds easily with a fork.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lay your hoagie buns face up. Add a heaping pile of beef to each bun, and top with either swiss or provolone cheese.

Broil on high until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the bread is slightly toasted.

In the meantime, prepare a packet of Au Jus sauce according to the packet directions (you just add water and boil). Strain the pot roast juice into the saucepan and let it simmer with the aus jus sauce.

Fold your sandwiches over, and cut in half....

Serve with a small bowl of the aus jus sauce to dip. Enjoy!

I served the Frenchy Dips with corn on the cob and fresh watermelon. Here is my trick to delicious and sweet corn:

Sugar and lemon!!!

Boiling your corn in salt water will actually toughen it. Add about a tablespoon of sugar, and squeeze a lemon wedge into your pot of boiling water before adding your corn. You will have the most delicious cobs!

I had the food displayed so nicely on the island, but I must have been too excited to eat because I forgot to take a picture. Hopefully you can imagine how yummy it looked! If only I could send smells through a blog...


  1. Thanks for posting the recipe and your personal tips!

  2. Yum O! I had the "traditional" pot roast dinner last Sunday and froze the leftover pot roast. Sounds like the French Dip might be in line this week.


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