Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Roast Beef Sandwiches

I have an odd work schedule, which is sometimes great and sometimes not.  It goes through spurts of being really really busy to having leisurely days sitting on the couch.  October is fall concert season, so there's a span of two weeks when I'm usually not home a bunch.  I dropped one of the choirs I was in this year because it was getting to be too much, but somehow I ended up coming back to play for them anyway, thus adding two concerts back on the books. 

In October, my concert schedule looked like this:
Oct. 9th - judge mock region tryouts
Oct. 12th - Schola Cantorum concert (Ft. Worth)
Oct. 13th - Schola Cantorum concert (Grapevine)
Oct. 15th - concert in Arlington
Oct. 20th - concert in Roanoke
Oct. 22nd - concert in Justin
Oct. 27th - concert in Trophy Club
Oct. 30th - concert in Haslet

That's 8 concerts in addition to all the other things I usually do.  I know, I'm tired just by looking at it, too. 

When I have these kinds of weeks, a lot of time my family is left to fend for themselves, but honestly, I get tired of eating fast food, too.  This year I decided to whip up as much as I could in the crockpot so we could all eat, even if it was different times. 

On Monday I made some delicious roast beef sandwiches.  I started with the french dip sandwich recipe from here, thanks to Buns in My Oven, but I made a few adjustments. 

Here's what I did:

3 to 4 lb chuck roast
1 can beef consume  (who even knew this existed?)
1 can french onion soup (she calls for two, but I didn't read that part, and had to improvise, hence the next two ingredients)
1/2 a box of beef broth
1 packet of french onion dip mix

Dump all of these ingredients in the crock pot, and set it on LOW for 8 hours.  Do not try and cheat it and put it on high for 4 hours!  Trust me on this!!  Chuck roast is a very thick cut of meat and really needs to cook low and slow.

Shred the meat, slap it on the bread of your choice (I used Hawaiian Sweet Rolls hamburger buns), with provolone cheese.    I'm sure it would be delicious to let it heat in the oven, but I just didn't have time for that. 

That isn't a glamorous picture, and I don't know why it's upside down, but whatever.  Kyle has the flu, and we are running on fumes here, people.  

Toddler approved!


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