Slow Cooker and Freezer Friendly French Dip Sandwiches

August 18th, 2011, Baby Barney Kneeknuckles was born via c-section.  Exactly one week later, Mr. Boy turned two and I had the BRILLIANT idea of inviting family and close friends over for a small birthday party.

Yeah, I was hobbling all over the place, unable to laugh or cough without experiencing searing pain.

But this Mama was determined to have some type of birthday celebration for my (newly-made) middle child.

While deciding to host guests so soon after having a baby might not have been the brightest idea I’ve ever had, the meal I served was pure genius.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches have been my go-to meal for years now.   They’re rich and delicious — can easily be stretched to feed a crowd — and thanks to the slow cooker, it can be made using cheaper cuts of roast.  That’s right — yummy, cheap goodness that is perfect for company.

My. Kinda. Food.

It’s one of my Husband’s favorite meals (he was shocked when I revealed I had yet to blog this recipe even though I make it pretty frequently) and one that has him volunteering to clean the kitchen after we eat.

So, yeah, I guess you could say it’s also a magical recipe to have in your back pocket.

(In case you’re tired of kitchen duty.)

The onions just melt during the long hours of cooking, adding depth and comforting flavor to the broth.  By the time the meat is fully cooked, you have created the rich, warm flavor of French Onion soup … perfect for dipping your assembled sandwich.

Curious about the list of herbs and spices in the recipe?  That’s my concoction for “homemade” French Onion Soup mix; at one time, I used a prepackaged soup mix in this recipe, but after looking at the ingredient list (and sodium amount), I decided to start making my own.

So, I guess one can say this recipe is even healthy without all of those crazy additives in pre-packaged soup mixes.

Yummy.  Frugal.  Crowd-Pleasing.  Magical.  Healthy.

And now you know all the reasons we love this recipe around here.

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    • says

      There are alcohol free beers available — but, if you are looking to be completely beer free, you could add an additional 1/2 cup of beef broth, mixed with a couple of tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce and a tablespoons of soy sauce. It won’t be exactly the same but will still definitely satisfy any french dip cravings! :)

  1. says

    Whenever I can’t decide what to get in a restaurant I go for the french dip. It hadn’t occurred to me that I could just make them at home!

  2. Nikki says

    I made this recipe for a holiday party and it was well recieved. I used lean Elk so I added 2 tablespoons of bacon fat. It turned out great.

  3. says

    Now that the weather is cooling down and my blog is heating up (HA!) I am looking for more than my fair share of slow cooker recipes. This one will most definitely be on my list soon.

  4. says Seriously going to bust out the crock pot and if I didn’t have a newborn I’d already be at the store buying ingredients! Any tips what I could sub for the beer? More stock?


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