Friday, May 15, 2009

French Dip Sandwiches

A couple weeks ago I picked up a new cookbook from Cooking Light: Fresh Food Fast. I mean, it's from Cooking Light, and it has recipes that are either 5 ingredients or 15 minutes.... can you really beat that? (As we all know, I'm all about fast and easy meals.)

After going through and marking half the book's recipes, I decided to try out the French Dip Sandwiches. And I am so.glad.I.did. They are delicious AND easy. The recipe claims that it only takes about 12 minutes to make, but I have found that it takes more like 20 (still not bad).

French Dip Sandwiches
From: Fresh Food Fast (Cooking Light)

1 medium Vidalia or other sweet onion, peeled and thinly sliced
Cooking spray
2 teaspoons salt-free onion and herb seasoning blend, divided
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
1 cup fat-free, less-sodium beef broth
12 ounces very thinly sliced low-sodium deli roast beef (such as Boar's Head)
4 (2 1/2-ounce) hoagie rolls, split lengthwise
4 (0.8-ounce) slices reduced-fat Swiss cheese, torn in half

Preheat oven to 500°.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over high heat; add onion. Coat onion with cooking spray; stir in 1/2 teaspoon seasoning blend. Sauté 11 to 12 minutes or until onion is tender and golden brown. While onion cooks, add 2 tablespoons water at a time; cook each time until liquid evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits.

While onion cooks, combine broth and remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons seasoning blend in a medium saucepan; cook over medium heat until hot. Remove pan from heat; add beef, pushing beef down into liquid until covered. Let stand 5 minutes.

While beef stands, place hoagie rolls, cut sides up, on a baking sheet. Bake at 500° for 4 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted.

Remove beef from broth, allowing excess broth to drip back into pan; reserve broth. Arrange beef evenly over bottom halves of rolls; top evenly with onion, cheese slices, and remaining bread halves. Serve with warm broth for dipping.

We've already had these a couple times, and I just discovered this recipe not too long ago. Definitely something I actually get a craving for. :)

Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving
Calories 409Calories from fat 110
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12.2g19%
Saturated Fat 5.8g29%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 608mg25%
Total Carbs 36.4g12%
Dietary Fiber 5.8g23%
Sugars 4.8g
Protein 40.4g
Vitamin A 4%Vitamin C 3%
Calcium 36%Iron 31%


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