Friday, July 03, 2020

Slow Cooker Roast Beef Philly Cheesesteak Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

These sandwiches are worth every bit of trouble - making them and saying the name of the recipe!

I haven't made a new Philly cheesesteak recipe in so long and this one was definitely a little labor intensive. However, I was ready for it because Philly cheesesteaks made with a pot roast - what could be better? What really sold this recipe was that it also had an element of French dip sandwiches as well. Basically, this is a total dream recipe for Nick who loves all three of those things. I honestly can't think of a time I ate a French dip sandwich and I cautiously tried dipping this. It was quite good and I think that's due to the fact that the bread is crunchy and not soft, so it doesn't get soggy when dipped. I really really want to make the pot roast on its own because it was one of the best pot roasts I've had.

What you need:
For the Slow Cooker Balsamic Glazed Roast Beef:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 lb. beef chuck roast
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
For the Sandwiches:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, sliced
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • Softened butter for spreading
  • 8 slices bread
  • 2 cups shredded beef (from recipe above)
  • 16 slices Provolone
  • 1 cup juices from beef
  1. For the roast beef: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear roast on each side. Place in a slow cooker.
  2. Add onions to skillet and cook until softened about 3 minutes. Then add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for another minute.
  3. Add onions to the slow cooker with broth, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire.
  4. Cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 3 to 5 hours - until beef is tender. 
  5. Reserve 1 cup of juices from the slow cooker. Shred beef.
  6. In a skillet over medium-high heat, add oil and heat up. Add onion and pepper and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant.
  8. Butter one side of each piece of bread. Top half of the slices of bread with a piece of cheese, followed by beef, onions, and peppers, another slice of cheese, and end with the other slices of buttered bread.
  9. Cook on a nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat about 2 to 3 minutes per side until golden brown on each side.
  10. Serve with juices for dipping!
Recipe from Closet Cooking

Another wonderful slow cooker beef recipe that is fantastic is this Slow Cooker Beef Tips and Gravy recipe. You can serve it over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes. For more Philly cheesesteak goodness, you have to check out this Philly Cheese Steak Cheesy Bread from Dessert Then Dinner on The Recipe Critic because WOW!

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