What’s New for Dinner? Crock Pot French Dip Sammies

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Welcome to this week’s edition of “What’s New for Dinner?” Jaycie at CouponGeek and I have made a commitment to each other and to you, our readers, to try ONE new thing in our meal planning each week.  There are several reasons for this:

  1. Meal planning can get a bit tedious.  We find ourselves making the same dinners over and over again.  We are forcing ourselves to get creative and step outside of the lines.
  2. Hopefully this will inspire you, the reader, to try something new that you haven’t done before.                          And finally,
  3. To show  you that adding new recipes or tricks to your culinary routine does not have to be expensive or time consuming…you can have your dinner and eat it too!

Pot Roast is a common occurrence around here.  I have a standby recipe I got from Weight Watchers about 3 – 4 years ago.  It works really well with venison and SuperDad is “don’t change a thing” happy with the results.

I changed a thing.  Or two.

A couple of weeks ago Candy Tai from Mommypalooza and KCMetroMoms posted a yummy recipe for French Dip Sammies in her Facebook Notes.  I can’t link to it…but I’m giving her some serious street credit :)  It is very similar to my recipe…but knocks out my two least favorite parts of the preparation…and uses…. THE CROCKPOT!  YEAH!

The Ingredients:

  • 3-4 lbs. beef brisket (I used venison roast … and made 7lbs so I’d have some to freeze)
  • Italian Seasoning
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Can Beef Broth
  • 1 Packet Lipton Beefy Onion Soup Mix (I used regular Onion Soup Mix because it was in my cabinet)
  • Hoagie Rolls
  • Provolone Cheese (We used Mozzarella because, again, I had it on hand)

The Directions:

  • Spray your crock pot with cooking spray.
  • Wash and pat dry your brisket or roast.
  • Rub Italian Seasoning over all sides of the roast.
  • Put it in the crock pot fatty side down (especially important if you are using brisket)

Raw meat generally makes for a gross picture...but thought I'd share this one anyway. Lucky You!

**Tip: If you don’t have a crock pot, get one.  If you can only get one and you aren’t sure what to get… I personally think a 6quart pot is the way to go.  I have THIS ONE and love it.  I’ve been able to adapt any recipes for smaller pots with a quick google search.  I haven’t burned anything in it (yet) and I’ve been using it for 5 years now!


  • Cut up the onion into wedges and lay it on the roast.
  • Mix the onion soup mix and the beef broth together with a whisk and pour over the roast.
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or high for 3-4. (Low is best for this kind of meat…makes it nice and tender…and smells YUMMA in your house all day!)
  • Serve it on sliced hoagie rolls with cheese and a dipping bowl of juice.

The Results:



This says it all!  SuperBaby was so inspired by the roast that he put all of his recent learning together in a string of events that involved:

  • Going to his room to get the step stool his sister uses to reach her clothes.
  • Carrying the step stool out to the kitchen (I didn’t know he could manage this)
  • Climbing up on it, standing on his tip toes and trying desperately to pull the roast off the counter.

SuperBoy ate the sandwich as it was intended…dip and all and was very…. enthusiastic.  SuperGirl is not a fan of bread so she just ate the roast and the cheese….and then some roast….and then some roast.  I really liked the flavor although I’m not sure it is as intense as the roast I usually make.  The meat was tender and almost fell apart… perfect.

SuperDad asked a lot of questions “What did you do differently…how did you cook it…” I think he wasn’t as enthusiastic as the kids….but as I’ve seen him leftovers two times already he must not of thought it was too shabby!

What I Would Change:

Not much, really.  I think I will look back at my other recipe and try to meld the two together a little more closely.  One thing that is in the other is balsamic vinegar… I think that should be included.

Want to see more of my culinary adventures? Check out other What’s New For Dinner? recipes HERE.

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