Saturday, July 24, 2010

Best Ever Beef Dip Sandwiches

Number of hours cooking - 12 hours. Number of ingredients needed - 6 common ingredients. Number of pots/pans to cook in and clean - 1 slow cooker. Having an amazingly delicious dish on a sweltering summer day with little effort ... priceless. With the crazy heat these days I figured I'd use my slow cooker to make a meal and made these Best Ever Beef Dip Sandwiches. They certainly lived up to the name and who knew such a super easy recipe would result in something this good?!

I've been trying to find ways to keep cool while preparing meals during this summer. What's really helped is using my slow cooker/crockpot since it doesn't heat up the kitchen and cooking in it is pretty effortless. When I came across this recipe for 'Best Ever Beef Dip' and noticed how many raves it received, I figured I'd give it a try. I'm so glad I did because it really was tasty dish and made for great sandwiches!

Simply take a beef chuck roast, some garlic, dried rosemary, bay leaves, soy sauce and water and place it in a crockpot. Let it cook on low for 6-8 hours or even longer. In fact, the longer, the better! The result is a super flavorful, extremely moist and juicy beef roast that falls apart. I shredded the beef (which took no effort at all) and placed it in between a toasted hamburger bun, then topped it with slices of provolone cheese. The au jus that develops is just as amazing and makes for a great thing to dip your sandwich into. It was one of the best sandwiches I've had in awhile and I'll definitely plan on making this again soon. This can also be made as a freezer meal!

Best Ever Beef Dip Sandwiches
recipe from AllRecipes

4 pounds beef chuck roast
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
3 bay leaves
1 cup soy sauce
6 cups water
Place roast in slow cooker. Season with garlic, rosemary, and bay leaves. Pour in soy sauce and water. Cook on low setting for 6 to 10 hours. Unlike most roasts, the longer the better. 

To serve, place in hamburger buns or split french bread and top with your preferred cheese if desired. Feel free to dip your sandwich in the au jus left in the slow cooker too!

* To make ahead/freezer meal
- Place all the ingredients except the water and soy sauce into a gallon sized freezer storage bag; seal and freeze. When ready to prepare, defrost completely. Place contents into your slow cooker and add 6 cups of water + 1 cup soy sauce.
Cook on low setting for 6 to 10 hours. Unlike most roasts, the longer the better.