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French Dip Recipe

French Dip Recipe

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 YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for French Dip

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"Excellent!"

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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!""

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"if this gets too salty put peeled potato quarters in it during the end of cooking. The potato will absorb salt."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"Great recipe! We love it. It is easy to prepare it too salty. I've found that floating some potato pieces in the broth will pull it out if that happens."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 16, 2013

"Made this as written. Very simple and delicious. Served with grilled green peppers and provolone."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2012

"This sandwich was delicious! Instead of soy sauce, I used Bragg's amino acid. I topped mine with a few sliced banana peppers. Everyone loved it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 9, 2012

"I did half & half with the water and beef broth like other reviews suggested. It had a good flavor, but I guess I just like the more traditional french dip. It was nice to have a change, though."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2012

"I used a few tips from here, used beef broth & didn't add the rosemary, my family LOVED this! served it with broccoli and french fries, perfect family meal!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 21, 2012

"Very tasty! A good make-ahead dish."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2012

"This is one of my family's top 10 recipes. It is so easy and always good. We leave out the rosemary (strong flavor) and I usually just rub black pepper from my shaker on the meat. This deserves 10 stars."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2012

"I substituted one cup beef broth for one cup water. Very tasty when dipped! I am thinking about using some leftovers in the Stacked Enchilada Recipe tonight instead of chicken."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2012

"We love this recipe! Everyone in the family eats it up. We like to put some swiss cheese on the roll with the meat. So easy and very tasty."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"I have been making this recipe for years. This is one of the best meals for company. Not to mention it's about as simple and hands-off a recipe as you can possibly get. People always ask how I made this, b/c the gourmet flavors taste like it took hours to do. Reminds me of the Fr Dip I had at Mimi's cafe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 21, 2011

"I have been making this recipe for years. This is one of the best meals for company. Not to mention it's about as simple and hands-off a recipe as you can possibly get. This tastes like gourmet... really! People always ask how I made this, b/c it tastes like it took hours to do. Impress someone. I'm telling you, make this!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2011

"This has become a family favorite. I love adding some hot peppers for a nice touch. So glad I tried this, I use it often."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2011

"I love this recipe! I don't use the low sodium, but probably should!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2011

"I love this recipe it is easy and ready when i get home ! I will fix it many times !"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 27, 2011

"I have made this recipe about 4 times in the past 5 weeks. So good and simple! I serve it with pepperjack cheese. It is a little salty so I put a little less soy sauce.

I love this recipe and so does everyone who has tried it. Great as a leftover too!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"yummy, was a little too salty but I think it was my fault. I added some garlic salt and beef boullion. Next time I will def omit that and leave the recipe as is. I did follow anothers suggestion of provolone cheese on the roll and broiling it. I used a hard crusted roll to avoid any kind of sogginess."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"Amazing!!! I served it on hard rolls. I sliced them in half, spread butter on one side, put Provolone cheese on the other, and toasted them under the broiler for a few minutes. It was absolutely delicious! I will definitely be serving this the next time we have company."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2011

"Found this recipe over a year ago, and love it!! I brought the recipe to make when we visited my husband's family last year for Christmas and they thought it was so good that all of his sisters and his mother asked for the recipe and they make it now too!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2010

"I made this recipe for Christmas Eve dinner. Served with rolls, provalone cheese, horseradish, and bowls to put juice in to dip. It was delicious. I did cut down on the soy sauce a bit - 1/4 cup,and it was still fantastic. Will definitely make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 29, 2010

"My husband could not stop raving about how wonderful this recipe is! Definitely will be in our recipe box for a long time to come!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 18, 2010

"I have been making this recipe since it appeared in Taste of Home back in '96 or '97. It is one of my husband's favorites. I add a diced onion & use half the soy sauce. I always add more broth or water so we have plenty for dipping."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2010

"this is definetly a five star recipe, but in order to keep my heart a tickin' I cut the soy sauce down to 1/8 cup. Delish! ♥"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2010

"This is an amazing recipe. One of our family favorites."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"This is one of my family favorites! The flavor can not be beat and I would recommend this for everyone to try at least once! You'll love it!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2010

"Excellent! I doubled the recipe and cooked it in my 16 qt. Nesco roaster. I put the meat on the buns and topped with cheese and put it under the broiler to melt the cheese. I'm thinking of adding onions to the cooker the next time. It was excellent reheated the next day too. Yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2010

"I've not eaten a French dip at a restaurant since I made this the first time. Always a favorite for family and guests!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2009

"This is really simple and easy to prepare. It is sure to be a regular at my house."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2009

"Amazing!! Made this a few weeks ago and my family loved it. Had a little leftover and it was great the next day too. Making this in a few weeks (double recipe) for son's bday party dinner. I know it will get tons of rave reviews then."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"Best French dip recipe I've ever tasted. Cooking in the crock pot is so convenient and worry-free! Also, using boneless chuck makes for just about the tenderest meat ever -however, check doneness after about 2 1/2 - 3 hours every half hour by sticking a fork into the meat. When the fork goes in easily practically all the way, it's done. If you overcook it, it looses all its tenderness. With fresh-baked rolls - to die for!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2009

"Second time I've cooked this within 3 weeks! This time I doubled the recipe, because the daughter's boyfriend raved about it so much

Ms.ST"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2009

"GREAT recipe! The spices leave the meat perfectly flavored and delicious. I made this for a crowd, and everyone went back for seconds and then asked for the recipe! I will definitely make this again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 9, 2008

"I made this for my Mom's birthday party and everyone loved it. My roast was fully cooked in about 3 hours on high heat though. I also had bought several types of rolls for all of my guests. I served this sandwich with the baked french fries which I also found on this website. Looking forward to making these sandwiches again!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2008

"This is a great recipe! The meat is perfect and I have had it with several kinds of bread rolls. Its a superb recipe for guest too and its a bonus that it cooks all day in the crock! Thank You Margaret!"

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