I'm a paramedic/firefighter, and slow-cooked recipes like this one suit my unpredictable schedule. My husband and children and the hungry bunch at the firehouse love these robust sandwiches that have a little zip.
In Ogden, Utah, Arlene Butler uses her slow cooker to prepare this tender pot roast. Convenient packages of dressing and gravy combine in a delicious sauce. TIP: For a filling meal in one, serve it over mashed potatoes.
Chuck roast makes delicious shredded beef sandwiches after simmering in a rich, homemade sauce all day. The meat is tender and juicy and takes minutes to prepare for a weeknight dinner or potluck. —Tatina Smith, San Angelo, Texas
"I'm a mom and work full-time, so I try to use my slow cooker whenever possible," explains Erika Anderson of Wausau, Wisconsin. "This Stroganoff is perfect because I can get it ready in the morning before the kids get up."
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 new version will soon be a favorite at your house, too. —Margaret McNeil, Germantown, Tennessee
"This is by far the simplest way to make roast beef and gravy," assures Abby Metzger of Larchwood, Iowa. "On busy days, I can put this main dish in the slow cooker and forget about it. My family likes it with mashed potatoes and fruit salad."
I double this super recipe to feed our family of four so I'm sure to have leftovers to send with my husband to work for lunch. His coworkers tell him he's lucky to have someone who fixes him such special meals. It's our secret that it's an easy slow-cooker dinner!
-Denise Albers, Freeburg, Illinois
When Florence Robinson of Lenox, Iowa wants to impress company, she puts these satisfying sandwiches on the menu. "I serve the au jus sauce in individual bowls for dipping. It's delicious," she assures.