I made a slow cooker pot roast for French Dip Sandwiches. This easy Crock Pot recipe is a kid friendly dinner!
Many people think of making easy Crock Pot recipes in the winter, but I love using my slow cooker in the summer too. I like that my Crock Pot doesn’t heat up my house like an oven does. Also, our summer days are busy so it is really nice to have a kid friendly dinner that is already cooked by dinner time! Vanessa came shopping with me last week and while I was picking up a few groceries, she asked if I would make slow cooker pot roast for French Dip Sandwiches. Well, she couldn’t remember what they were called, but asked if I could make those “Really, really good sandwiches with that meat in a bun that you dip in that juicy stuff!” I knew what she meant and when I asked if she was talking about French Dip Sandwiches, she said, “Yes! I LOVE them!”
It was only going to be the two of us eating these delicious sandwiches because Christine was working and Zack was camping so I bought the smallest roast I could find. I put 1/4 cup of water into my Crock Pot and turned it on high. I plopped the roast into the slow cooker and sprinkled it with two packets of Good Seasons Italian dressing Mix making sure I got some on the bottom and sides of the roast.
The most important part of this recipe is to make sure that you turn the slow cooker on! A few summers ago, I was visiting with a young mom, I know about dinner ideas. I had made pork chops in my Crock Pot and I was telling her how well they turned out. She decided she would like to give them a try. So, she bought the ingredients and called me for the directions. Then, one morning when she knew she was going to be having a busy day, she put it all in her Crock Pot and headed out the door. When she walked in later that day, she was surprised that she couldn’t smell the pork cooking but didn’t investigate. Later, when they were ready to eat dinner, she went to get her meal out of the slow cooker and discovered that she had forgotten to turn the Crock Pot on!
I put the lid on the slow cooker and didn’t open it again until dinner time! The 2 lb roast cooked for 6 hours on high. If it had been a bigger roast, I would’ve given it 8 hours to cook. I know that seems like a long time, but I think the key to getting it really tender is to cook it for a long time. Some people prefer cooking it on slow but this is how it worked for me. I would recommend checking on the pot roast a few times by looking through the glass lid. If it looks like it is getting dry, you can add more water or some beef broth.
I used two forks to pull apart the meat and then returned it to the Crock Pot to stay warm and to soak up the remaining juices.
I baked store bought ciabatta rolls and while they were cooking I made some au jus gravy from a mix. (I used McCormick Au Jus gravy mix.) We filled the rolls with the slow cooker pot roast and dipped them into the au jus. They were everything Vanessa hoped they would be! Delicious!
- Pot Roast
- 2 packets Italian seasoning mix
- ¼ cup water
- Pour water into the slow cooker.
- Add pot roast.
- Sprinkle roast with Italian Season mix making sure to cover sides and bottom.
- Cook on high for 6-8 hours.