French Dip Recipe
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French Dip Recipe

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For a sandwich with more pizzazz than the traditional French dip, give this recipe a try. The seasonings give the broth a wonderful flavor, and the meat cooks up tender and juicy. This slow-cooked version will soon be a favorite at your house, too. —Margaret McNeil, Germantown, Tennessee
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 beef chuck roast (3 pounds), trimmed
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 to 4 whole peppercorns
  • 8 French rolls, split

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 467 calories, 19g fat (7g saturated fat), 111mg cholesterol, 1300mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 41g protein


  1. Place roast in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Add the water, soy sauce and seasonings. Cover and cook on high for 5-6 hours or until beef is tender.
  2. Remove meat from broth; shred with two forks and keep warm. Strain broth; skim fat. Pour broth into small cups for dipping. Serve beef on rolls. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as French Dip in Taste of Home April/May 1996, p29

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Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016


Reviewed Dec. 10, 2015

"Followed the recipe EXACTLY and luckily I had a packet of Au Jus mix at home because the juice left from cooking the meat is in NO WAY usable for dipping. There is no way you could remove enough salt with the potato trick mentioned by other reviewers. Funny thing is, the meat did not turn out super salty. So, this recipe would be useful for cooking the meat only and not for using the juice to dip. I would use another recipe altogether."

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"My husband and kids loved this!!! Served with broccoli slaw. I didn't have crushed Rosemary. I used 1 tsp each dried Thyme, Summer Savory, tarragon and garlic powder. Love love love. My husband said "this one goes into rotation!""

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2015

"Very easy to make, very tasty! A hit with everyone here. I've made this many times, and it never disappoints."

Reviewed May. 14, 2014

"I thought it was o.k. It was easy, but nothing over the top. I used low sodium broth and cut the Rosemary in half. To me it tasted like roast beef? Thanks for the recipe. Wasn't too salty."

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