French Dip Sandwiches | Slimming World & Weight Watchers Friendly

Looking for something that tastes incredibly naughty but won’t pile on the pounds? These French Dip Sandwiches are just the thing!

French Dip Sandwiches | Slimming World

If you haven’t had the pleasure before, a French Dip Sandwich is a warm glorious mess of pulled beef, usually with melted cheese in a sub roll. It is served with a pot of the juices from the meat which you dip the sandwich into.

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The sandwich has been popular across America for decades, and in the past few years has found its way over to the UK. Like many popular American dishes it is heavy on the calories and fat, but it is such a tasty dish we knew just a few tweaks would make it slimming friendly!

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb 👍

This recipe makes enough for 4 sandwiches and a ramekin of gravy to go with each. If you like extra gravy, just double all the ingredients except for the beef, rolls and cheese.

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For this recipe we used lean brisket with any visible fat trimmed. That being said, as this recipe is slow or pressure cooked for a decent amount of time, most cuts of beef will work. You could use any roasting joint, topside, silverside, even braising steak – just make sure it is trimmed lean and the pieces aren’t too small or thin. You want to be able to pull it apart with a fork when it is done!

Want to make extra beef? Go ahead! The timings remain the same for double the beef, just make sure it is cut into a few pieces.

As for serving suggestions, we suggest either our amazing Syn Free Rustic Potato Wedges or Syn Free Slimming World Chips | Slimming World. Basically anything you can dip into the delicious gravy works well!

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Also, if you are following Slimming World don’t forget to add some Speed Foods to your plate. You could serve this meal with a large side salad, sauerkraut, or maybe something from our speed foods which you can find here!

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How many Syns in these French Dip Sandwiches?

These French Dip Sandwiches are Syn Free on the Slimming World plan but only if;

  • You remove all visible fat from the beef
  • You use a roll as your Healthy Extra B choice. We have used the white Schar Ciabatta Rolls in the recipe and one counts as a Healthy Extra.
  • You use 1/2 your Healthy Extra A for the cheese. There is 20g of reduced fat cheddar per sandwich which is half your Healthy Extra A choice or 3 Syns.

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What do I need to make these French Dip Sandwiches?

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The most important tool to make these French Dip Sandwiches is either a slow cooker or a pressure cooker. The meat needs to be tender and falling apart once cooked, and both of these kitchen tools can achieve that.

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If you don’t have a pressure cooker or are looking to upgrade, why not invest in the Instant Pot? The beauty of a multi cooker like the Instant Pot is that you can use it for slow cooking as well as pressure cooking!  In our opinion it is far superior to the other electric pressure cookers around. You can read our review and find out more about the Instant Pot here.

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You can purchase an Instant Pot on Amazon here.

We have lots of other recipes you can try with a pressure cooker too!

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To make the gravy for these French Dip Sandwiches you will also need a hand blender. The one we used for this recipe is available on Amazon here.

This is a great choice because the hand blender attachment is metal which doesn’t stain and can be used in hot liquids. It also comes with a whisk and a mini food processor attachment, great for making our Syn Free Hummus!

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Instant Pot/Digital Pressure Cooker Method

Step 1

Take your beef and trim all the visible fat. The easiest way to do this is with scissors. It is a little time consuming but important to keep this dish slimline. Cut the now lean beef into a few smaller pieces.

Step 2

Roughly slice the onions. They don’t need to be finely chopped.

Step 3

Add the beef, onions, garlic, onion granules, Worcestershire sauce, stock cube, diet coke, balsamic vinegar and mustard powder to the Instant Pot.

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Step 4

Lock the lid onto the pot, make sure the release valve is turned to the ‘sealed’ position and press ‘Pressure Cook’. The pressure should be set to normal and you will need to set the time to 50 minutes.

Step 5

When the Instant Pot beeps that is is finished, move the release valve to quick release (watch your face and hands, there will be hot steam!). In this time cut your rolls in half and grate the cheese ready to assemble the sandwiches.

Step 6

When the pressure is fully released take the lid off the pot and carefully remove the pieces of beef. Place them into a separate bowl and shred the meat with two forks. Place some foil over it to keep it warm.

French Dip Sandwiches | Slimming World

Step 7

Take your hand blender and whizz up the onions and liquid left in the Instant Pot. If you like your gravy thicker you can switch your Instant Pot to ‘Saute’ and reduce it down further.

French Dip Sandwiches | Slimming World

Step 8

Assemble the sandwiches by cutting the rolls in half and splitting the beef and cheese between the four rolls. You can put the rolls under a hot grill for a minute to melt the cheese if you want – just make sure not to burn the bread!

Step 9

Pour the gravy into ramekins and serve with the warm sandwiches.

French Dip Sandwiches | Slimming World

Slow Cooker Method

Step 1

Take your beef and trim all the visible fat. The easiest way to do this is with scissors. Cut the beef into a small pieces. Chunks are about the size of a match box work well in the slow cooker.

Step 2

Roughly slice the onions. They don’t need to be finely chopped.

Step 3

Add the beef to a frying pan sprayed with low calorie cooking spray. Fry the beef for a few minutes to brown the surface.

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Step 4

Once the beef is cooked, remove it from the pan and set aside. Now add the sliced onions with a little water and soften them over a low heat for a few minutes.

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Step 5

Add the onions, beef, garlic, onion granules, Worcestershire sauce, stock cube, diet coke, balsamic vinegar and mustard powder to the slow cooker.

Step 6

Set the slow cooker to high and place the lid on. Cook for around 6 hours.

Step 7

When the slow cooking is complete, carefully remove the pieces of beef. Place them into a separate bowl and shred the meat with two forks. Place some foil over it to keep it warm.

French Dip Sandwiches | Slimming World

Step 8

Take your hand blender and whizz up the onions and liquid left in the slow cooker. If you like your gravy thicker you can reduce the liquid further in a saucepan on the hob.

French Dip Sandwiches | Slimming World

Step 9

Assemble the sandwiches by cutting the rolls in half and splitting the beef and cheese between the four rolls. You can put the rolls under a hot grill for a minute to melt the cheese if you want – just make sure not to burn the bread!

Step 10

Pour the gravy into ramekins and serve with the warm sandwiches.

French Dip Sandwiches | Slimming World

Can I freeze these French Dip Sandwiches?

The beef and the gravy can be frozen separately ready to use in sandwiches later.

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Please remember to do the following;
– Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough
– Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.
– Defrost thoroughly before reheating.

Make sure it’s piping hot before serving!

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454kcal 13

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Zero

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INGREDIENTS
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INSTRUCTIONS
Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
  1. Take your beef and trim all the visible fat. The easiest way to do this is with scissors. It is a little time consuming but important to keep this dish slimline. Cut the now lean beef into a few smaller pieces.
  2. Roughly slice the onions. They don't need to be finely chopped.
  3. Add the beef, onions, garlic, onion granules, Worcestershire sauce, stock cube, diet coke, balsamic vinegar and mustard powder to the Instant Pot.
  4. Lock the lid onto the pot, make sure the release valve is turned to the 'sealed' position and press 'Pressure Cook'. The pressure should be set to normal and you will need to set the time to 50 minutes.
  5. When the Instant Pot beeps that is is finished, move the release valve to quick release (watch your face and hands, there will be hot steam!). In this time cut your rolls in half and grate the cheese ready to assemble the sandwiches.
  6. When the pressure is fully released take the lid off the pot and carefully remove the pieces of beef. Place them into a separate bowl and shred the meat with two forks. Place some foil over it to keep it warm.
  7. Take your hand blender and whizz up the onions and liquid left in the Instant Pot. If you like your gravy thicker you can switch your Instant Pot to 'Saute' and reduce it down further.
  8. Assemble the sandwiches by cutting the rolls in half and splitting the beef and cheese between the four rolls. You can put the rolls under a hot grill for a minute to melt the cheese if you want - just make sure not to burn the bread!
  9. Pour the gravy into ramekins and serve with the warm sandwiches.
Slow Cooker
  1. Take your beef and trim all the visible fat. The easiest way to do this is with scissors. It is a little time consuming but important to keep this dish slimline. Cut the now lean beef into a small pieces. Chunks are about the size of a match box work well in the slow cooker.
  2. Roughly slice the onions. They don't need to be finely chopped.
  3. Add the beef to a frying pan sprayed with low calorie cooking spray. Fry the beef for a few minutes to brown the surface.
  4. Once the beef is cooked, remove it from the pan and set aside. Now add the sliced onions with a little water and soften them over a low heat for a few minutes.
  5. Add the onions, beef, garlic, onion granules, Worcestershire sauce, stock cube, diet coke, balsamic vinegar and mustard powder to the slow cooker.
  6. Set the slow cooker to high and place the lid on. Cook for around 6 hours.
  7. When the slow cooking is completed carefully remove the pieces of beef. Place them into a separate bowl and shred the meat with two forks. Place some foil over it to keep it warm.
  8. Take your hand blender and whizz up the onions and liquid left in the slow cooker. If you like your gravy thicker you can reduce the liquid further in a saucepan on the hob.
  9. Assemble the sandwiches by cutting the rolls in half and splitting the beef and cheese between the four rolls. You can put the rolls under a hot grill for a minute to melt the cheese if you want - just make sure not to burn the bread!
  10. Pour the gravy into ramekins and serve with the warm sandwiches.

If you make this recipe, snap a pic and hashtag it #pinchofnom — We love to see your creations on InstagramFacebook, & Twitter!

RECIPE NOTES

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If making this recipe Gluten Free please make sure to check the ingredients that you’re using

Especially things such as; 

- Stock cubes
- Soy sauce - substitute with Tamari.
- Worcestershire sauce - substitute with Henderson’s Relish.
- Etc.

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16 Comments
    1. Hi Julie
      The timings have been added now. The instruction was overlooked with having both methods to write up! You’ll need to cook for about 6hrs on the high setting. 🙂

    1. Hi Fran,

      For this recipe we used lean brisket with any visible fat trimmed. That being said, as this recipe is slow or pressure cooked for a decent amount of time, most cuts of beef will work. You could use any roasting joint, topside, silverside, even braising steak – just make sure it is trimmed lean and the pieces aren’t too small or thin. You want to be able to pull it apart with a fork when it is done!

      Hope that helps! 🙂

    1. Hi Amanda,

      For this recipe we used lean brisket with any visible fat trimmed. That being said, as this recipe is slow or pressure cooked for a decent amount of time, most cuts of beef will work. You could use any roasting joint, topside, silverside, even braising steak – just make sure it is trimmed lean and the pieces aren’t too small or thin. You want to be able to pull it apart with a fork when it is done!

      The ciabatta rolls we used (Schar White Ciabatta Roll, Gluten Free) are 5 Syns each if not used as a Healthy Extra B. If you use a different brand or type don’t forget to check as most ciabatta is much higher in Syns than this!

      The cheese used in the rolls is 1/2 a Healthy Extra A choice or 3 Syns.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

  1. When you say beef, do you mean a silverside roast, or stewing steak, or casserole beef?

    This looks amazing, how many syns in the Ciabatta rolls if not used as HexA?

    1. For this recipe we used lean brisket with any visible fat trimmed. That being said, as this recipe is slow or pressure cooked for a decent amount of time, most cuts of beef will work. You could use any roasting joint, topside, silverside, even braising steak – just make sure it is trimmed lean and the pieces aren’t too small or thin. You want to be able to pull it apart with a fork when it is done!

      The ciabatta rolls we used (Schar White Ciabatta Roll, Gluten Free) are 5 Syns each if not used as a Healthy Extra B. If you use a different brand or type don’t forget to check as most ciabatta is much higher in Syns than this!

      The cheese used in the rolls is 1/2 a Healthy Extra A choice or 3 Syns.

      Hope that helps! 🙂

    1. Hi Julie,

      For this recipe we used lean brisket with any visible fat trimmed. That being said, as this recipe is slow or pressure cooked for a decent amount of time, most cuts of beef will work. You could use any roasting joint, topside, silverside, even braising steak – just make sure it is trimmed lean and the pieces aren’t too small or thin. You want to be able to pull it apart with a fork when it is done!

      Hope that helps, thanks for getting in touch! 🙂

    1. Hi Gemma
      For this recipe we used lean brisket with any visible fat trimmed. That being said, as this recipe is slow or pressure cooked for a decent amount of time, most cuts of beef will work. You could use any roasting joint, topside, silverside, even braising steak – just make sure it is trimmed lean and the pieces aren’t too small or thin. You want to be able to pull it apart with a fork when it is done!

      Hope that helps! 🙂

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