Not too long ago my friend and I were discussing the sandwich issue. Sandwiches can be boring… especially when it’s just two piece of bread with meat and cheese thrown in between or a slab of peanut butter and jelly. No, no, no, it has to be a REAL sandwich. I’m talking mayo and some honey or dijon mustard, let’s add some crisp lettuce and some pickles or some banana peppers. YUM! So obviously when I say “sandwiches for dinner” no one is going to be jumping up and down with enthusiasm… unless… it’s my french dip sandwiches. And believe it or not, these babies are almost as easy as those other lamo sandwiches previously described! I mean, just look at this deliciousness!
The best part is that this dinner is easy, cheap, and quick to throw together! and you can fix it up any way you like!
Here are the ingredients you will need:
*prices will vary based on location, brand, and store.
-Hoagie rolls (I always keep a package of these in my freezer for last minute dinners… like this one!) $2-$3
-Au Jus gravy mix $0.40- $0.90
-Swiss cheese $2.50
-Roast beef $3
-Chocolate cake mix (plus 2 eggs and 1/2 Cup vegetable oil, which I’m assuming you already have in your kitchen) $0.88-$1.50
*I buy cake mix whenever it’s on sale for $0.88, by the cart load because I use it for lots of things!
-Coconut pecan frosting $1.50
If you want to you can add some caramelized onions you can do so… I know we like it!! Put some onion slices in a pan with some butter or oil and saute until soft and golden brown!
I also butter my hoagie rolls and put the swiss cheese on, then place it on a cookie sheet in the oven set at broil for just a minute or two. CAREFUL, it gets HOT and burns fast!! But you can’t beat warm toasted bread with melted cheese!
Meanwhile, make the Au Jus gravy and add the slices of roast beef into the gravy while it’s warming on the stove! This will warm your beef and let it soak in some of the juices! Then add the meat and onions to your sandwich, place the left over gravy in a dipping bowl and Bon Appetite!!!
Download the condensed version of the recipe here.
Now for the DESSERT!!!!! (In my humble opinion, this is the most important part of the meal)
Have you ever heard of cake mix cookies? Well it doesn’t get much easier when it comes to making cookies. Mix the cake mix with 2 eggs and 1/2 cup of vegetable oil. Use a cookie scoop or spoon to place the dough on a greased or parchment lined cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees between 5-8 minutes. Take them out before the edges look dry, otherwise you will have dry, crunchy cookies instead of soft, chewy cookies.
Once they cool, top them with Coconut Pecan frosting and drizzle with chocolate, if desired! BOOM! Best. Cookies. Ever. Hands down! I don’t even like German chocolate cake (*gasp*), but I LOVE these! I hope you do too!
For the full recipe, click here.