Friday, February 22, 2013

{Crock Pot} French Dip Sandwiches with au jus sauce

Have you seen the new look of the site yet? I assume you have if you've clicked over from the email :) What do you think of it? I for one, am loving it! I am so smitten with the cleaner and more "grown-up" look, but still with the touch of pink that I love.

My ever-amazing friend Heidi of Bits of Sunshine designed it for me. She is so incredibly talented with all that stuff. I wouldn't even know where to begin with creative design. She absolutely loves doing it too, which makes my job easy. I just let her take the wheel :) You should go check out her super cute blog too! She (of course) designed that one too, and I love that one just as much as mine! She makes the most incredible and easy bakes and treats, and takes stunning photos. She even has a series going on right now on how to improve your food photography, if you are into that sort of thing :) Thanks Heidi for everything you have done and continue to do for me!

Let me tell you about a few new things here at Carla's Confections. First off, I added a few new menu bars, and I made the menu bar super easy to find right up at the top, and there you will find you can go back "home" to see all my latest blog posts, go to "recipes" to see all of my recipes organized into categories, "advertise" (which will be coming soon!), "contact me" and "about me".

I also added a feature to where if you hover over any of the photos, you will see a pink "pin it" button pop up, so you have full control over what photo gets pinned to Pinterest! And the text will automatically pop up in the PIN-IT window, so you don't have to do anything except choose the board to send it to. Easy peasy!! :D I hope you have fun perusing my new and improved site and stay a little while! Definitely feel free to contact me if there is anything else you would like to see here, and I will see if there is something I can do about that.

These French Dip Sandwiches are a family recipe that I grew up with. My mom made them a lot, and they have become a favorite in our household. She definitely won Matt's approval every time she made these (and I know Ive told you how picky he used to be).

These are so simple to make too, which is the best part. You stick the meat in a crock pot with seasonings and water with a little lot of Worcestershire sauce, and let it slow cook on LOW all day until you are ready to eat it. Then you cut up the meat (or tear it if it is just falling apart), stick it on some bread, and its ready to eat. Easiest sandwich in the world to make.

I usually just use a packet of onion soup mix as my seasonings, but I had a really hard time finding it this last time. So I just made up my own seasoning of the following, and I didn't really measure it, so adjust to your liking if you go this way, but Ill give approximations in the recipe: onion flakes, garlic, salt, pepper, and some (dried) parsley. That's it! Then just the Worc sauce and some water. Done and done, and no thinking about it for 6-8 hours (unless you are sitting in the same room with it, in which you will have no choice but to think about it - it will smell so good!)

For the au jus sauce, you just use the liquid in the crock pot, and if you need more of the juices, just add more water towards the end to get the flavor and amount that you need. It should have tons of flavor from the meat, spices and Worcestershire sauce. And for the meat, just choose your favorite beef roast that is low in fat and bones.

I know we had this big long talk earlier this week about being healthy, and incorporating healthier foods into your diet. At which, you might be looking at this, particularly the bread, and wondering how that fits in. Well, it doesn't. I would typically choose whole wheat buns for something like this and burgers (and Pulled Pork Sandwiches), and we did eat the leftovers on those whole wheat buns, but sometimes a girl just needs some ciabatta in her life. And these sandwiches just compliment so well with ciabatta bread. But feel free to use whatever bread you desire. And remember, everything in moderation, and you're golden :) No diet needed. That's my motto anyway.

Serve your sandwiches with whatever condiments you desire, but I love mine with mustard and mayonnaise :D

I hope you all have a great weekend! Ill see you back here Tuesday!

And thanks mom for showing me this recipe, and letting me share it with the world! Love you!!! Xoxo

French Dip Sandwiches with au jus Sauce {Crock Pot} | Printable Recipe
serves 4

  • 1.2 - 2 lbs beef roast of choosing (low in fat and bones)
  • 1 packet onion soup mix OR these seasonings:
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp onion flakes
    • 1/4 tsp garlic
    • salt and pepper to taste (freshly ground)
    •  1 tsp dried parsley (or 1/2 tsp fresh)
  •  a lot of Worcestershire sauce (I don't measure it, but roughly 1/4- 1/3 cup), to taste
  • 2-3 cups water, more later if needed
  • 4 Ciabatta or other buns, for serving
  • mayo and mustard, as desired for serving
  1. Add the meat, seasonings, Worcestershire sauce and water into the crock pot. Add more water if you feel like it needs more. Really just eyeball it. I like to keep most of the seasonings on the meat itself, and let some fall into the sauce. The meat will stick out of the water about half way.
  2. Turn crock pot to LOW and let cool low and slow all day, at least 6-8 hours, until falling apart.
  3. Take meat out of crock pot, and cut or tear into small pieces.
  4. Add more water to crock pot to thin out the au jus if desired to get more sauce. Let warm up, and serve the au jus sauce on the side of the sandwiches in a dipping bowl.
  5. Build sandwiches as desired, and dip in the au jus to eat.
  6. Eat your heart out.
Recipe via Mama Carla's Confections (aka Dianna)

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  1. I used to eat these sandwiches all the time with my family for dinner when I was growing up! My dad made the best, or what I knew to be the best and it looks a lot like your mom's recipe. Yours look wonderful!

    1. Mmm, I bet your dad's is great! They are seriously the best sandwiches!!!

  2. the design is SUPER cute!! I LOOOVE the utensils going down the side - ahh love it! mmm i'm hungry now :)

    1. Thanks Julie! That was my favorite part too! Heidi did so good :)

  3. Whoa... that bun! The meat sounds good too but that bun looks incredible. :)

    And so does your new website! It looks fantastic. You must be so happy! Heidi did a great job and I'm definitely going to go check out her site and photography series.

  4. I love your new site, it looks beautiful! And this looks amazing, the meat looks so tender. I love using my crockpot :)

  5. I have made this - using your recipe - and I totally recommend it to ANYONE looking for a really delicious and easy meal!

    Thanks for the mention! I am so glad you like it! It looks GREAT in action!!!! xxx

  6. Your blog about French food is splendid. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us. I like french cuisine food very much and i have tried many french recipes which i got from youtube and many other website. I like visiting French restaurants in weekend.

  7. These look delish - and nice and easy, too! :)


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