Crock Pot Roast Beef & French Dip

With the busy holidays upon us, oven space may be at a premium. That is another good reason to use a crock pot. But best of all, I like to use the crock pot for meals that you can begin and forget.

Here is a wonderful recipe made by my good friend, author, and chef, Amy Houts. We had this for lunch recently when her mother from New York was visiting. She served it with relishes and chips and had apple cake for dessert –  another one of my favorites!

You can find this in Amy’s new cookbook, Cooking Around the Country with Kids – USA Regional Recipes and Fun Activities on p. 206.

French Dip for Roast Beef Sandwiches

3 pounds beef chuck or arm roast
2 cups water
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 bay leaf
Dash pepper

12 hard rolls

Place roast in a crock pot. Children can help measure and add water, soy sauce, and spiceds to crock pot. Cook 5-6 hours on low heat setting or 3 hours on highs. Remove bay leaf from pot. Slice or shred beef and cool in refrigerator. Remove fat that has hardened on the surface of the dip. Heat again over stove or back in crock until hot. Place on hard rolls. Pour broth into individual serving dishes, about 1/4 cup per person. Dip sandwich into broth and enjoy!

Serves 10-12


  1. Betty Farber says:

    Hi Lee,
    What a treat to appear in your blog! That was such an enjoyable lunch with you. I’m saving your cookbook to give to my friend at Christmas.

    Happy Holidays!

    • What a nice surprise to see your comment on this blog! It was great seeing you at Amy’s and thanks for your nice note, too. I hope your friend enjoys my apple book, Apples, Apples Everywhere – Favorite Recipes From America’s Orchards. You have lots of apples in New York. There are a couple apple orchards featured in the cookbook, along with their favorite recipes.

      I hope you have Happy Holidays, too!

  2. My Mother and I had such a nice time with you, Lee! I have given this recipe to a few of my friends this autumn for Bearcat football game weekends. It’s one of my favorites!

    • Thanks, Amy, for you reply and for the lovely lunch I had with you and your Mother recently. Loved the food – and your company, of course!

      I miss that the Bearcat football games are over – but it was a wonderful season. They did really, really well, considering all the adversities. We all look forward to next year!

      Great to hear from you!

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