Thursday, July 19, 2012

French Dips

I love French Dips! Usually we just make them from leftover Roast Beef but this time I decided to make a roast specifically for the sandwiches.

French Rolls, homemade or store bought...I found a good Gluten Free recipe here

1.5 lbs beef roast
1 TB olive oil
1/2 cup red wine(beef broth or stock is a fine sub)
1 can condensed french onion soup(LINK for homemade)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, sliced
2 cups beef stock
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

In a large skillet heat oil over medium high heat.

Sear roast on all sides , remove roast to slow cooker

 Add red wine to the hot pan. Simmer 2 minutes, scraping the bottom to get any beef particles up.
Add Remaining ingredients to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes more.

Pour entire pan contents over roast.

Set to low and cook 7-9 hours until a minimum temp of 165.

Remove roast to a plate, cover and keep warm

Measure  3 cups of the juice from the slow cooker (subbing with beef broth to make 3 cups if necessary)
Strain well to remove any particles.

Au Jus :
3 cups beef drippings
1 beef bullion cube
1 tsp kitchen bouquet browning sauce
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp basil
1/4 tsp parsley
pepper and salt to taste

1 TB cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water

In a pan bring beef drippings and seasonings to a boil. Simmer 5 minutes

Mix cornstarch and water and add to broth, mix well and simmer until thickened slightly.

Slice or shred roast as desired

I like to add my sliced meat to the au jus and let it simmer for a minute

Toast your buns, top with meat and cheese if desired

Serve with a bowl of Au Jus for dipping.

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