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Classic French Dips

Classic French Dips

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  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Prep 20 mins
  • Cook 9 hrs to 10 hrs (low) or 4-1/2 to 5 hours (high)

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  • 1 large sweet onion (such as Vidalia, Maui, or Walla Walla), cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices and separated into rings (1 cup)
  • 1 2 - 2 1/2 - pound fresh beef brisket or boneless beef bottom round roast
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme, marjoram, or oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium red or green sweet pepper, sliced
  • 1 16 - ounce loaf whole grain baguette-style bread, cut crosswise into 6 pieces and halved lengthwise, or 6 whole grain hoagie buns, split, and, if desired, toasted


  1. Place onions in a 3-1/2- to 5-quart slow cooker. Trim separable fat from beef. If necessary, cut beef to fit cooker. Place beef on top of onions. Sprinkle with garlic, thyme, and pepper. Pour beef broth, water, and Worcestershire sauce over all.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 9 to 10 hours for brisket or 8 to 9 hours for bottom round or on high-heat setting for 4-1/2 to 5 hours for brisket or 4 to 4-1/2 hours for bottom round.
  3. Add red pepper to the slow cooker to soften slightly. Transfer meat to a cutting board; thinly slice across the grain, removing any visible fat as you slice. Using a slotted spoon, remove onions and red pepper from cooker. Divide sliced brisket and onion and pepper slices among bread bottoms. Add bread tops. Skim fat from cooking juices in cooker; pass juices for dipping sandwiches.


  • For Easy Cleanup: Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts

(Classic French Dips)

Servings Per Recipe 6, Potassium (mg) 526, sugar (g) 7, sodium (mg) 439, fiber (g) 10, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 2, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, Folate (µg) 40, carb. (g) 39, pro. (g) 35, vit. A (IU) 632, cal. (kcal) 364, calcium (mg) 91, vit. C (mg) 29, iron (mg) 5, Monounsaturated fat (g) 3, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, sat. fat (g) 2, Niacin (mg) 6, chol. (mg) 45, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Fat, total (g) 7, Thiamin (mg) 0

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