I’ve mentioned before that I don’t really cater our dinner menu to the girls’ tastes, mainly because kids at that age tend to be totally fickle.
Yesterday, they loved broccoli and wanted to have it every night. Tomorrow, they will declare broccoli the most horrible thing they’ve ever seen and they don’t want to eat it under any circumstances (this is theoretical, since I do not care for broccoli and never buy it or serve it because I’m a grown-up and I can do what I want).
I saw something going around on Facebook that said that one of the perks of crockpot cooking is that your children can let you know at 9 a.m. that they’ll hate dinner instead of leaving you in suspense until 5 p.m. I know all about that.
So sometimes, it’s just really nice to make something you know everyone will eat. And if there is a little round of cheering when you announce what you’re making for dinner? All the better.
In our family, this meal is French Dip sandwiches.
Everyone LOVES them and, bonus, they’re basically the easiest thing on earth to make.
And with this baby arriving in the next few weeks, I’ll definitely be in the “easiest thing on earth” cooking mode for a while.
Easiest Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches
In the crockpot:
1.5 – 2 lb chuck roast
1 package dry French onion soup mix
4-6 ciabatta rolls
4-6 slices provolone cheese
Place the roast in the crockpot (I usually don’t even defrost mine), pour the French onion soup mix over the top and then add enough water to just barely cover the roast.
Let cook for 8-10 hours on low or 4-6 hours on high.
Remove the meat and shred it with two forks.
Strain the remaining liquid to remove bits of meat and excess fat and save for dipping sauce.
Turn your broiler on low. Slice the rolls in half and spread mayonnaise on each side and place a slice of provolone cheese on the bottom half of each roll. Broil for about 4-5 minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and the bread is toasted.
Fill each sandwich with shredded beef, a lettuce leaf and a slice or two of tomatoes and serve with a bowl of the dipping sauce.