Slow Cooker French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

By Polly Conner

Everyone loves grilled cheese, so why not make it even more irresistible by turning it into a French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwich?! The best part? It’s made in the slow cooker!

Slow cooker french dip grilled cheese sandwich on a white plate

French Dip Grilled Cheese: Cookbook Worthy!

Some of you may recognize this recipe. That’s because it’s from our cookbook, From Freezer to Cooker! It’s one of the few recipes from our cookbook that we had permission to share online. We know this is going to be a reader favorite so we wanted to get it to as many of you as possible. In From Freezer to Cooker, you’ll find many more recipes like this one.

Every recipe in From Freezer to Cooker has the following:

  • Slow cooker instructions
  • Instant Pot instructions
  • Freezing instructions for both methods
  • Clear, easy to follow instructions

There really is no other resource out there like it. If you like these Slow Cooker French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, you’ll love many others in the book as well!

From Freezer to Cooker

Let’s talk more about these scrumptious sandwiches, shall we? This upgraded grilled cheese is SO easy to throw together. Just toss a simple marinade and the roast in the cooker. You’ll end up with fall-apart beef and an au jus you may just want to drink. Then, with just a few minutes of work at the end, say hello to melty, ooey-gooey, meaty sandwiches to dip in that luxurious sauce.

FAQ about Slow Cooker French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

How long does the beef roast cook in the slow cooker?

These cook on Low in the slow cooker for 8 to 10 hours or on High for 5 to 6 hours.

Are these a dump-and-go meal?

Yes and no. The meat part is for dump and go. Put it in the slow cooker in the morning and come back to it at night ready and waiting for you. I also say no because you will have to shred the meat and assemble the sandwiches.

Can I make French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches in the Instant Pot?

You bet! Cut the meat into 2×2-inch pieces. Pat dry with paper towels and season lightly with salt and black pepper on all sides. Place the beef in the 6-quart Instant Pot and pour in the sauce. Lock and seal the lid. Cook at high pressure for 30 minutes. Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then quick release the remaining pressure. Transfer the roast to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Return the meat to the cooker and stir it into the sauce. Follow steps 4-6!

What should I do with the leftover meat?

If you have meat that you didn’t use in the sandwiches, score! Here are some ideas on how to use it:

  • Freeze it and make the same recipe a few weeks down the road
  • Put it over nachoes. Similar to our Baked Nachos, just spread the shredded meat out over tortilla chips. Add cheese and desired toppings and bake.
  • Put the meat in wraps. Add sauteed bell peppers and onions. Yum!
Slow cooker french dip grilled cheese sandwich on a white plate

How to Make French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches into a freezer meal

Like all of the freezer meals in our recipe index, all of our cookbook recipes provide freezer meal instructions as well! If you want to double this recipe and freeze one for later, here is how:

FREEZE FOR LATER: Follow step 1. Pour the sauce into a gallon-size freezer bag or container. Season the roast lightly with salt and black pepper and add to the bag/container with the sauce. Seal and freeze. Place the bread and cheese in separate freezer bags or containers. Seal and freeze alongside the roast.

PREPARE FROM FROZEN: Note: You will need to have butter on hand to complete this meal. Thaw. Place in the slow cooker. Follow steps 3 through 6.

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Ready to make some gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches? Let’s do this!

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Slow Cooker French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

  • Author: Thriving Home
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 Sandwiches 1x
  • Category: Slow Cooker
  • Method: Slow Cooker

Ingredients

  • 3 cups low-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1.5 teaspoon salt, plus more as needed
  • 1.5 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus more as needed
  • 1.5 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 34 lbs boneless beef chuck roast (1 large roast or 2 smaller ones), trimmed of excess fat
  • 6 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
  • 16 large slices of sourdough bread
  • 16 slices provolone, cheddar, or pepper Jack cheese

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the broth, soy sauce, minced onion, garlic powder, salt, black pepper, oregano, thyme, bay leaf, and red pepper flakes. (Freezing instructions begin here.)
  2. Place the roast in the cooker and season lightly with salt and black pepper on all sides. Pour the sauce over the top.
  3. Cover and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours or on High for 5 to 6 hours, until the meat easily shreds. Transfer the roast to a cutting board and shred with two forks. Return the meat to the cooker and stir it into the sauce.
  4. Spread a thin layer of butter over one side of each slice of bread. Place a slice of cheese on the unbuttered side of half the slices of bread. Using a slotted spoon, add a layer of the shredded meat (be sure to drain the liquid first). Top with another slice of cheese and a second slice of bread, buttered-side up.
  5. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Cook the sandwiches for a few minutes on each side, until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted.
  6. Serve the sandwiches warm, with the warmed juices from the cooker in small bowls alongside for dipping.

FREEZE FOR LATER: Follow step 1. Pour the sauce into a gallon-size freezer bag or container. Season the roast lightly with salt and black pepper and add to the bag/container with the sauce. Seal and freeze. Place the bread and cheese in separate freezer bags or containers. Seal and freeze alongside the roast.

PREPARE FROM FROZEN: Note: You will need to have butter on hand to complete this meal. Thaw. Place in the slow cooker. Follow steps 3 through 6.

What to Serve with French Dip Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Here are some ideas that would be tasty with this recipe!

This recipe would also be a great meal for idea for groups of people! We have lots of recipes that would work for large groups. Make sure to check them out!

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