Thursday, February 24, 2011

French Dips with Italian Attitude (Rachel Ray)

This recipe brings back special memories for me. My mom had this meal ready for my husband and I when we brought our son home from the hospital. Not only does it bring back memories but it taste amazing. This is a great meal to have with company. I double this recipe but it goes quickly. I served it with a salad and Paula Deen's macaroni and cheese. Enjoy!

  1 wide baguette
  2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO), plus some for drizzling
  1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  1 small onion, chopped
  2 large clove garlic, divided, 1 chopped, 1 crushed
  1 tablespoon tomato paste
  2 cups beef stock
  1 sprig of rosemary leaves, chopped
  Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  1/4 pound sliced roast beef
  6 slices provolone cheese

Slice baguette open lengthwise just shy of actually completely splitting it open; you want it to open like a book and stay together. Then cut the bread in half so that you have 2 books. Transfer the bread to a cookie sheet and toast in the oven until golden brown, 8-10 minutes, or toast under the broiler but keep an eye on it so it doesnt burn! Once the bread is toasted, rub cut side with the crushed clove of garlic then drizzle it with a little EVOO and cover it with grated cheese.

While the bread is toasting, heat a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat with 2 turns of the pan of EVOO, about 2 tablespoons. Add onion, chopped garlic, tomato paste and rosemary, season with a little salt and pepper, and cook until the onions start to get soft about 2-3 minutes. Add beef stock, bring up to a simmer and cook for 2-3 minutes to let the flavors come together.

Using tongs swish a few slices of roast beef at a time through the hot broth then transfer to the cheesy garlic bread. Once all the roast beef has been mounded on the bread, top each half with 3 slices of provolone cheese and transfer to the broiler or oven to melt the cheese.


~C said...

This recipe sounds great! Didn't know you had a food blog. :) Will be fun to follow!

Jenn Mair said...

Same here, I didn't know you blogged too! Your blog is so awesome! I love your craft ideas, too cool!
I hope you enjoy this blog. I love to cook and find new recipes. Feel free to email me some recipes to post. :)

Heidi G said...

Your Mom made this for us on Sunday night. It was truly "delish". Will definitely be trying this one at home.

Jenn Mair said...

I am so glad you loved it. She made it for me when I came home from the hospital w/Eli. :) We love it. It's Jer's favorite meal.

If you have any recipes you would like to share please email them to me! Do you give out your pizza dip recipe?