Sunday, April 13, 2008

French Food

Yeah, we're pretty classy around here on Thursday nights. French Dip Sandwiches and French fries. I was reading My Kitchen Cafe and saw she made something similar to my recipe and was reminded that we hadn't had this meal in a while and I started to crave it!

I don't know why, but this is one of my favorite Thursday night meals. I think it might be because growing up my Mom always took us into Fountain Valley for dance lessons with Miss Joan on Thursday nights and she didn't have time to make anything but a crockpot dinner, so we would often have this.

1 3-lb boneless chuck roast
1 packet au jus mix
1 tsp garlic powder
½ yellow onion, sliced
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper

Place roast and sliced onions in slow cooker
Prepare gravy according to package directions and pour over roast and onions. Sprinkle with garlic powder (and onion powder if using), salt and pepper.
Cover. Cook on low all day (8 hours). Shred meet and return to slow cooker.

(I didn't start making this until about 12:30 PM, so I used my pretty new blue cast iron pot in lieu of the crockpot. It only took 3 1/2 hours for the meat to be tender enough to shred. I ended up shredding it after about 4 hours and just keeping it in the pot until we were ready to eat.)

Deli rolls
Shredded mozzarella cheese

Heat your broiler. Place your rolls facing up on cookie sheet and butter bottom side and sprinkle top side with shredded mozzarella. Broil until golden brown. (Keep an eye on them. Should only take 2 or 3 minutes, maybe less depending on how close your rolls are to the broiler.)

Put the shredded meat on your sandwiches, cut in half, and serve with a small cup of the juices from your crockpot.

My mom and dad always served these sandwiches with frozen fries that you bake in the oven. We do that, too, but lately I've been serving them with homemade fries and fry sauce. Yes, I allowed myself to be seduced by the creamy indulgences of a high ration of mayo to ketchup long ago.

In other news, we discovered on Friday that Franny can have No Bake cookies with just a few minor adjustments! I substituted margarine for butter (something that I never thought I would say- but hey, you make certain sacrifices for your kids when you're a mom ;) and rice milk for regular milk. I thought they tasted great. Franny, unfortunately, did not. On the upside, Bobby and I got to pig out on delicious No Bake cookies, so we didn't mind too much that Franny wasn't interested.


Sarah said...

I love french dips! Can you believe I had never had it until I got here?

Jane said...

Yummy, we love french dip too. That looks delicious!

Chrissy said...

I have already tried your recipe and it was yummy! This is perfect for my busy schedule. I didn't have mozzarella on hand so I used some sliced Asiago I bought at Costco. It was good too. Thanks for sharing!

Sandra said...

I made the French Dips for Dinner tonight, and THANK YOU for the recipe. Even my kids loved it, and that's saying something!

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