Happy Monday, everyone! I hope you’re staying cool as we singe our way out of Spring and into Summer later this week.
I was given an Instant Pot as a wedding gift back in October. I’ll admit my husband and I both had no idea what it was and stared at it blankly when we first opened it. It then sat on a high shelf collecting dust until I finally decided to break it out. Even then, I spent weeks poking through recipes until I finally decided on something. Bonus: I picked something I’d never made before even by other means. French Dip Sandwiches!
While I discovered that my Instant Pot had different controls than the recipe said to use, overall the meal was a great success. My husband said to add it to the book for making again, so there we go!
There’s a lot of flexibility with this recipe, which is essentially a ‘set and forget’ fast toss together. I used The Salty Marshmallow’s recipe, which worked just fine for me. Below is a more general how-to guide.
The main ingredients are: Chuck Roast, provolone cheese slices, hoagie buns and an au jour french dip sauce. For the sauce, you can make it yourself with chopped onions, 1 can of french onion soup, about 2 cups of beef broth (for 2 lbs of beef), and a splot of Worcestershire sauce (optional). OR you can use a powder packet mix of ah jour french sauce.
You can slow cook the meat 6-8 hours or Instant Pot pressure cook it for one hour (using the au jour sauce for the liquid in both) . Yup. Just one hour! Total prep time takes around an hour and a half. You can toss in the meat and au jour ingredients, or first sear the meat and saute the onions before you set and forget. Follow your instant pot instructions for steam release, and voila!
Slice the meat, put it and the cheese on the bun, ladle out some of the sauce and dinner is served! Fast, tasty and friendly! And the cleanup isn’t too bad, either, since you can do everything in the Instant Pot, or with just a single fry pan and a crockpot.