Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich

I have been craving French dip sandwiches lately. The French dip could be one of my favorite sandwiches of all times. That time came when I really wanted one and so I decided I would take things in my own hands and make a batch of slow cooked beef and try to accomplish everything I love about this classic sandwich. The great thing about this recipe is that it only takes a few minutes to prepare, and you throw things in your slow cooker, head out to work, and everything is ready when you get home. By the way, it was so flipping delicious that my wife was talking about it the next day!

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Recipe
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Recipe

Let’s get started.


  • 1 1/2 lbs beef sirloin, cut into thin strips, fat removed
  • 1 lb roast beef from your favorite deli, thinly sliced
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1/2 tbsp salt, to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • provolone cheese slices
  • 1 green bell pepper, thinly sliced,  optional
  • 1 additional onion, thinly sliced, optional
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • bolillo rolls

Start by marinating your beef. To a bowl, add the beef, roast beef, onion soup mix, sliced onion, salt, pepper, and garlic, and garlic powder and mix well with your hands. Cover and marinate overnight.

The following morning, add the meat mixture to your slow cooker. Add in the stock, give a gentle mix, cover, and set on low for 6-8 hours.

Before serving, heat a skillet on medium-low heat and add in the oil if you are using the bell pepper and onion mixture. Add the peppers and onion to the skillet, and cook just until tender. I like a bit of crunch left on my mixture for a bit of texture.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Ingredients
Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwich Ingredients

When you are ready to serve, grab a roll, add as much beef mixture as you would like, top with the cooked onions and peppers, and add a couple of slices of provolone. Ladle a bit of the au jus from the slow cooker into a dipping bowl, plate, and dig in.

This was so good, and my wife was right the following morning when she talked about the French dip sandwich with excitement. It was one of those that you could keep going back to, and one that was hard to put down as you you could not wait for the next bite. Fortunately I have leftovers, even though my kids devoured theirs, so I know what we will be eating tomorrow! Now granted you could just eat this with straight up beef and bread and take a dunk in the gravy, but it never hurts to get your veggies on there, along with some nice sharp cheese! Hope you enjoy!

Pho Style Sandwich

Let me start by saying if I could eat Vietnamese pho for breakfast every day, I would. I’ve been making a big batch of pho about every month, or every other month now for some time. To me, making the pho is a day long, if not longer process to get a well infused pho stock. Everything from charring the onions and ginger, to skimming the muck from cooking all of the beef and pork bones, it is just something I love, and the aromatics are to die for. So with my most recent batch, and I made a big one at that thinking all of my kids would devour it (they didn’t), I was left with a bunch of beef, and stock left over. I was ‘pho’d’ out at that point in time, but I knew I needed to use up that beef and not let it go to waste. That’s when it occurred to me to bring the two things I loved eating and making it a pho style banh mi. Man was this ever great.

Pho Style Sandwich Recipe
Pho Style Sandwich Recipe

Let’s get started.

First, make a batch of pho, enjoy it, then with remaining leftovers make this sandwich.

  • 2 cups of thinly sliced flank steak, dipped in hot broth until cooked to your liking.
  • Vietnamese beef meatballs, cooked, sliced thinly
  • Fresh basil, to you liking
  • Fresh mint, to your liking
  • 2 slices of provolone cheese
  • 1 French baguette
  • light spread of mayonnaise
  • Sriracha, optional
  • Squeeze of lime juice
  • Thinly sliced serrano chili or jalapeno, optional
  • Small cup of pho stock, heated, optional

Take your French baguette and slice it lengthwise, but not all of the way through.

Lay down the provolone cheese on the bottom half, spread on the mayonnaise on the top half, and drizzle with Sriracha if you are using it. Lay down the thinly sliced chilies, the top with the cooked flank and meatballs. Top with Fresh mint and basil, then squeeze a bit of lime juice over the top.

Fold the sandwich, give it a good press, and dig in. This thing is everything you love about pho and a great banh mi, all in one bite. Did I mention dipping it into the pho broth? Holy moly, you talk about a homerun, this is it. So the next time you are making a batch of pho, think about leftovers, and making this excellent sandwich! Hope you enjoy!

Steak and Potato Hash Sandwich

It was only last week when I had a few things on my mind that I wanted to make for the weekend. One of them was carne asada tacos, or carne asada fries, and the other was crispy potatoes for breakfast. Simple stuff, I know. As I had these great ideas of marinating the beef in tons of garlic and some lime juice, I will admit that time just got a away from me to some degree. As I was the first one up on Sunday morning, I decided to get my potatoes simmering on the stove. I will also admit that I promised my daughter that we would make French toast in the morning, and whenever that happens, she knows right away that she would wake up early and get started cooking with me. That was just the case. Moments after I woke up, she was right there, blurry eyed and all, asking if I was ready to make the French toast. That’s when I looked again at my potatoes and knew that I would have to get to them later.

So about an hour later, after feeding four other hungry eaters, it was then my time to focus back on the potatoes. Obviously these were done and fork tender, but now it was around 10:00 a.m. and now I was having to take my daughter to Sunday school. This seems to happen quite a bit. Feed everyone, and then there is me. Oh well. So when I returned, that is when I saw the flank steak. Right then I knew I was going to make a steak and potato hash and indulge myself. Did I mention I love hash? That’s when I decided I would not only make this awesome hash, but I would use the small loaf of bread and make it into one of the better brunch sandwiches I have made in quite some time.

Steak and Potato Hash Sandwich Recipe
Steak and Potato Hash Sandwich Recipe

This is not only a simple hash to make, but it is loaded with tons of flavor and is perfect in or out of a sandwich.

Let’s get started.

  • 6 medium sized Yukon potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 lb flank steak, cooked until medium-rare
  • 1 medium sized onion, diced
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tbsp salt, additional to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 egg cooked sunny side up (or to your liking)
  • 1 bolillo bread, sliced and toasted
  • 4 slices of swiss cheese
  • 2 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 serrano chili, sliced (optional)

Start by boiling your potatoes, and cook until just slightly under fork tender. During this time, season both sides of the beef with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Set aside, and let it come to room temperature.

Once the potatoes are about tender, strain and set them to the side. If you have a large cast iron pan (I think cast iron is best for making hash) use it. Bring your pan to medium high heat. Add in 1 tablespoon of the canola oil and swirl it in the pan. Lay in the beef and get a good sear on both sides, roughly 6 minutes per side. Once you have a great sear on both sides, remove the steak and let it rest on a cutting board.

Steak and Potato Hash Sandwich Ingredients
Steak and Potato Hash Sandwich Ingredients

Now add the remaining oil and butter into the same skillet. Add in your potatoes, and onions, and cook for about 10 minutes, stirring along the way. Season with some more salt and pepper. During this time, slice your steak, against the grain. When the potatoes get that awesome caramelization, add in the steak, stir, and give it a taste. If it needs more salt, add a bit more to your liking.

Remove the hash from the heat and set to the side to begin making your sandwich.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lather both sides of your sliced bread with dijon mustard, then fit the Swiss cheese slices on both sides. Place into the preheated oven until the cheese is nice and melted. Once melted, remove from the oven and add the sliced chili peppers on the bottom layer.

During this time, cook your egg to your liking. I like mine over easy, or sunny side up.

Now it is time to build the sandwich.

Take the bottom piece of your bread and generously layer on the steak and potato hash. Did I mention how hungry I was at this time? Add the egg onto the top, then add the top layer of the bread.

Give a gentle press to add your built in egg dressing and dig in. This sandwich explodes in flavor. Just when you think you are getting a hash on a sandwich, you immediately get that great tanginess from the mustard, then the flavor from the Swiss, and then the hint of chili, along with the super tender steak and crispy potatoes! THIS SANDWICH WAS AMAZING AND IS ONE TO NOT BE RECKONED WITH. If you are looking for a great brunch sandwich, or hash at that, give this one a try. It’s a winner. Hope you enjoy!


Simple Burger Sauce

Grilling season is coming to an end for many in the state of Wisconsin. I think this is officially the last day of summer, and as much as that pleases me (I love fall in Wisconsin), it disappoints me as well. I mean winter is coming, and that can get pretty long here in our state. With that said, my grill continues to heat up all year round, but for those that tuck them away until spring time, I figured I would give you my simple burger sauce recipe. Think of it as the ‘Big Mac’ sauce in a way, and one that really brings a great grilled burger together.

Yes, I ate that, well most of it.

Special Burger Sauce Recipe
Special Burger Sauce Recipe

Let’s get started.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp French dressing
  • 2 tbsp sweet pickle relish
  • 2 tbsp minced white onion
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp white vinegar

That’s it. Pretty much things most folks might have in their refrigerator. As I love a burger with just mayonnaise and pickles, I figured I would step it up and mix these together to give a sweet, tangy, and creamy sauce. This one totally delivers.

Special Burger Sauce Recipe Ingredients
Special Burger Sauce Recipe Ingredients

Place all of the ingredients in a small mixing bowl, and whisk until thoroughly combined.

When your burger is done grilling, slather it on the top, and bottom buns and enjoy. This one was stacked with a sauced bottom bun, lettuce, burger, pickles, onions, more sauce, another sliced bun, cheese, burger, bacon, tomato, more lettuce, sauce, and top bun. IT WAS A DOOZY.

If you are looking for a great sauce, not only for a burger, but along the lines of a great club sandwich, give this one a shot. It only gets better after a couple of days stored in the refrigerator as well.  Hope you enjoy!