52 Weeks of Cooking – Week 8: Slow cooking – French Dip Sandwiches

27 Feb

This was not the most exciting week of the challenge for me.  I do slow cooking when I DON’T want to think too hard about what I’m cooking.  Just throw it in a pot and forget about it.  That said, I’m supposed to be expanding my horizons here, so I looked through a slow-cooking cookbook that I had been given a while back and found a recipe for one of my favorite meals, French Dip Sandwiches.

For me, a French Dip Sandwich is an easy meal made from Steak-ums or frozen Philly Beef meat, topped with cheese on a toasted bun, and dipped in Campbell’s French Onion Soup.  (Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it!) But this sounded delicious so I tried it.  Here’s the recipe:

3 1/2 – 4 pound chuck roast
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 bay leaf
3-4 peppercorns, crushed
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon garlic powder
12 Sandwich Rolls, split

Place roast in 5 quart slow cooker.  Combine soy sauce and next 6 ingredients; pour over roast.  Add water until roast is almost covered.  Cover and cook on low 7 hours or until very tender.  Remove roast, reserving broth; shred with 2 forks.  Place shredded meat in sandwich rolls and serve with reserved broth for dipping.

I didn’t really love the results, but it was edible.  The au jus was a little strong as I ran out of soy sauce and substituted a bit Worcestershire sauce in its place.  I probably won’t make this again, but you might like it.

My rating: 2.5 out of 5.  Meh.

Hubby’s rating: ?????

Difficulty rating: 1 out of 5.  Easy!

In other news, I’m woefully behind on 52 weeks of baking!  Prepare to have your sweet tooth over-stimulated this week!  And get ready for another 52 weeks of cooking challenge:  Coffee!

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in 52weeksofcooking


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