There are some recipes that you simply do not mess with, and French Dip is one of them. It’s a signature sandwich that everyone loves. Put this on your menu for an easy weeknight meal, entertaining guests, or even tailgating- you can never go wrong serving a French Dip.
There a few steps to this recipe that will set it apart from others. The first step is braising your roast before putting it in the slow cooker. It only takes a few extra minutes, but worth every one of them! Braising gives meat dishes an incredible depth of flavor. Searing over high medium-heat caramelizes the surface, which enhances the savory ‘meat’ (or umami) flavor and fills the finished dish with complex layers of nutty caramel and coffee-like bitterness. In technical terms, this is called a Maillard reaction and it’s a flavor profile we find quite delicious.
The next step you won’t want to skip in this recipe is toasting your ciabatta bun prior to creating your sandwich. By creating a warm and crunchy base to your sandwich, you will enhance your overall eating experience as you dip your layered work of art into savory juices that will bring it all together for a flavor combination second to none.
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2-3 lbs. Lean Beef Roast (Round, Chuck, Arm)
1 Tbsp minced Garlic
1 Tbsp dried Rosemary
1 Tbsp dried Thyme
2 Tbsp Olive Oil, divided
1-2 Onions, chopped
1-2 Red Bell Peppers, chopped
1-2 Green Bell Peppers, chopped
2 (14.5 oz) cans Low-Sodium Beef Broth
6 Whole Grain Ciabatta Rolls
6 Provolone Cheese Slices
3. Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in the bottom of a large skillet or pot. Add roast and sear each side for approximately 4 minutes before rotating.
4. Add onions and peppers to the bottom of a slow cooker. Top with braised roast and pour in beef broth.
5. Let cook on medium-low heat for 6-8 hours, or until roast if fork tender.
6. Remove roast and shred using two forks. Return to slow cooker and let rest in juices.
7. Slice and toast ciabatta buns in the oven at 450°.
8. Remove from the oven and set top bun aside. Add roast, peppers and onions and top with a slice of provolone cheese. Return to oven and allow cheese to fully melt before removing.
9. Add top bun, slice and serve with a side of the remaining warm slow cooker liquid.