Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Where's the beef? - French Dip Sandwiches

Sorry it's been a while, not that anyone has gone hungry but we have been a bit crazed. This past weekend the salesman and I spent a weekend with the youth group from our church at a retreat in the beautiful Hylake campgrounds in eastern TN. I had asked if I could cook a meal so we arrived the night before everyone got there so we could get things rolling and have lunch ready for when everyone arrived. I had a hard time trying to figure out what would be the perfect meal for hungry teenage boys and I finally decided on french dip sandwiches. These are a favorite at our house, they are meaty, cheesy and packed into a soft carbfull bun that soaks up all of the gravy. I stuck 50 pounds of meat in the oven at 10:30 that night and awoke to the delicious aroma filling the entire three story building. The boys...and everyone else loved it. It was the perfect meal to start a perfect weekend!

1 3-4lb roast (rump is great!)
1 pkg lipton onion soup packet
1 can beef consume, once poured refill with water and dump in.
1 12 oz.bottle cheap beer
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper

In a large dutch oven or crockpot place all ingredients and generously salt and pepper that baby up.  Place in oven at 350 for 4-6 hours or in crock pot for 8 hours. Take meat out and shred. Take the drippings, pour in pan on med heat and allow gravy to reduce.  To serve slice a chicago style deli roll in half, place two sliced of provolone cheese and fill with meat. Serve with a side of the gravy or ladle it in. Enjoy~

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