It’s been over a year since I’ve started blogging about the beautiful world of sandwiches and this next creation wins the award for having the longest cooking-time – 9 hours!
This is all thanks to an amazing kitchen appliance: The Slow Cooker, or Crock-Pot, whichever name you prefer.
|A must-have for any busy household!|
My slow-cooker is on my Top 3 Best Kitchen Appliances List along with the coffeemaker and the Bosch Mixer. I've had one ever since I moved out on my own and needed to learn how to cook for myself. When my husband and I first moved in together, we each had a slow-cooker and sometimes, used both of them at the same time! It was hard to decide which one to take with us to France. His won out, being slightly bigger, so I sent mine home to my parents; there was no way I could give it away to a stranger after all the lovely meals it provided over the years.
Slow-cooker meals are nearly impossible to mess up and when life gets busy, as it always does, it makes cooking good, hearty meals practically effortless. What better thing is there than coming home after a busy day to a delicious smell wafting through the house and your dinner nearly ready?
The 9 Hour Beef Dip is my first slow-cooker sandwich creation and I was thrilled with how it turned out. After roasting the beef all day, it only took ten minutes to assemble and even less time to wolf down!
|Quick prep for some slow cooking!|
You will need:
1 Small beef roast
1 ½ Tsp each of thyme and rosemary
3 Garlic cloves, minced
2 Cups beef broth
2 Tsp teriyaki sauce
1 Small onion, chopped
Red and green bell peppers, one of each
Baguette-style loaf of bread
Small bowls or ramekins for the dipping sauce
1-Work backwards 9 hours from when you want to eat and get your roast in early.
2-Mix all the spices together and sprinkle on your roast, covering it entirely.
3-Place roast in the slow-cooker and cover with chopped onions and beef broth.
4-Cover with the lid and cook on low for 9 hours
5-No peeking! It’ll smell amazing and you’ll be tempted to lift the lid but according to my Fix-It and Forget It Cookbook, “every time you take the lid off, the cooker loses steam…and it takes 20 minutes to regain lost steam and temperature.” Just relax and let it do its thing uninterrupted.
|Gorgeous colours and softened just enough.|
1-About 10 minutes before you take the meat out, sauté the peppers in some olive until soft.
2-Remove the roast from the slow-cooker and carefully cut it into thin slices.
3-Slice the bread loaf and arrange beef slices, peppers and cheese inside.
4-Ladle some of the beef juice into the small bowls/ramekins for dipping.
5-Serve warm and enjoy!
|Quick and easy sandwich assembly.|
A note about dipping technique:
Submerge the sandwich into the dipping sauce as far as you can. The bread acts like a sponge and absorbs the tasty liquid, which softens the crust ever so slightly. The result is a tasty, hearty,savory, effortlessly made, beef dip sandwich.
Definitely worth every hour of waiting!
|The 9 Hour Beef Dip|