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The Most Pinned Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich Recipe

The Instant Pot yields the most tender meat, whether it’s pork carnitas, chicken breasts, or beef roast stuffed in a French dip sandwich, as pictured below. This is no ordinary recipe — it’s Pinterest’s most pinned Instant Pot dish, with 131K saves. We tried it at home to see if the dish is really as foolproof as it promises.

Melissa Mondragon of the No. 2 Pencil blog is responsible for this viral win of a sandwich (pictured left). The recipe came from a slow-cooker French dip version that Mondragon adapted and starts with pressure cooking a roast in red wine, onions, and beef broth. “I put a lot of personal testing into the recipe to ensure that the cooking time and method were accurate for the Instant Pot,” she elaborated. “I also tried to be very clear in the instructions on how to use the Instant Pot, so it’s a great recipe for beginners.”

And thank goodness she did, because we bit our nails the entire time, worried that either the Instant Pot would melt after so much pressure cooking OR the meat would turn into a solid, stringy mess. But no! The Instant Pot practically acts as a magical cauldron, producing fork-tender beef that will practically fall apart as you remove it.

That beef and cheese slices are sandwiched between a buttered, toasted, garlicky bun and served with the strained pot juice for dipping. Oh. Em. Gee. Yes, this recipe may have a trillion calories, but you will not care when you take a bite of the luscious combo. We now understand why it’s such a huge hit (and has helped her amass 200K Pinterest followers). Mondragon added, “I think this recipe resonates with Pinners because it’s a simple, family-friendly recipe with good quality ingredients. It all blends together so well!” You can see our version pictured right. Though it looks different, we feel pretty confident it maintains the same flavor integrity Mondragon intended.

We did make some slight changes to this recipe (which are noted below). For one, we used ghee, a high-heat clarified butter that has an insanely tasty, roasted flavor. We served the beef on pretzel rolls to add to the umami taste, but you can use any roll you like. We also topped the meat with mild cheddar slices, but provolone is what she recommends. The au jus dipping sauce can be on the oily side, so we recommend skimming the fat from the top. Also, we like a sandwich that doesn’t require a lot of napkins, so we opted to butter the rolls on the inside (as opposed to the outside).

Now let’s talk leftovers. Don’t judge, but we added the shredded meat back to the au jus along with the caramelized onions and reheated it as a meaty French onion soup the next day, accompanied with a pretzel roll grilled cheese. You do you — or feel free to copy us!

(Recipe adapted slightly from Number 2 Pencil; photos via Number 2 Pencil and Brittany Griffin/Brit + Co)

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Bye, sad sandwiches.

The Most Pinned Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich Recipe

The Instant Pot yields the most tender meat, whether it’s pork carnitas, chicken breasts, or beef roast stuffed in a French dip sandwich, as pictured below. This is no ordinary recipe — it’s Pinterest’s most pinned Instant Pot dish, with 131K saves. We tried it at home to see if the dish is really as foolproof as it promises.

Melissa Mondragon of the No. 2 Pencil blog is responsible for this viral win of a sandwich (pictured left). The recipe came from a slow-cooker French dip version that Mondragon adapted and starts with pressure cooking a roast in red wine, onions, and beef broth. “I put a lot of personal testing into the recipe to ensure that the cooking time and method were accurate for the Instant Pot,” she elaborated. “I also tried to be very clear in the instructions on how to use the Instant Pot, so it’s a great recipe for beginners.”

And thank goodness she did, because we bit our nails the entire time, worried that either the Instant Pot would melt after so much pressure cooking OR the meat would turn into a solid, stringy mess. But no! The Instant Pot practically acts as a magical cauldron, producing fork-tender beef that will practically fall apart as you remove it.

That beef and cheese slices are sandwiched between a buttered, toasted, garlicky bun and served with the strained pot juice for dipping. Oh. Em. Gee. Yes, this recipe may have a trillion calories, but you will not care when you take a bite of the luscious combo. We now understand why it’s such a huge hit (and has helped her amass 200K Pinterest followers). Mondragon added, “I think this recipe resonates with Pinners because it’s a simple, family-friendly recipe with good quality ingredients. It all blends together so well!” You can see our version pictured right. Though it looks different, we feel pretty confident it maintains the same flavor integrity Mondragon intended.

We did make some slight changes to this recipe (which are noted below). For one, we used ghee, a high-heat clarified butter that has an insanely tasty, roasted flavor. We served the beef on pretzel rolls to add to the umami taste, but you can use any roll you like. We also topped the meat with mild cheddar slices, but provolone is what she recommends. The au jus dipping sauce can be on the oily side, so we recommend skimming the fat from the top. Also, we like a sandwich that doesn’t require a lot of napkins, so we opted to butter the rolls on the inside (as opposed to the outside).

Now let’s talk leftovers. Don’t judge, but we added the shredded meat back to the au jus along with the caramelized onions and reheated it as a meaty French onion soup the next day, accompanied with a pretzel roll grilled cheese. You do you — or feel free to copy us!

(Recipe adapted slightly from Number 2 Pencil; photos via Number 2 Pencil and Brittany Griffin/Brit + Co)

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds chuck roast, rested at room temperature for 15 minutes before searing
  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 2 teaspoons of kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 onion, sliced with the grain for sautéing
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 (14-ounce) can low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 6 soft rolls (we used pretzel)
  • 3 tablespoons of butter (or ghee), melted
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 6 slices cheese (like provolone or white cheddar)

Directions

Season the chuck roast with 2 teaspoons of kosher salt, freshly ground pepper to taste, and 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder on all sides.

Add of ghee to the Instant Pot and press the Sauté button. Using a pair of long heat-proof kitchen tongs, sear roast on all sides in the Instant Pot.

Remove the seared roast from the Instant Pot and set aside.

Add the onions to the pot and sauté just until they start to soften. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the seared bits from the bottom of the pot.

Add the red wine to the pot and let it simmer until it reduces by half.

Return the roast to the Instant Pot, close the lid, and set the pressure release valve to sealing. Hit the Meat/Stew button, and increase time to 100 minutes.

Cook until the timer runs out, then allow the Instant Pot to naturally release for 25 minutes. After, turn the valve to venting to release any excess pressure.

Remove the lid and transfer the roast to a serving plate (or half sheet pan) and shred. Be sure to discard the strings on the side of the roast.

Strain the liquid through a fine mesh strainer and serve warm for dipping sandwiches. We skimmed the top with a spoon to remove some fat. You can either discard the onions or reserve them with the leftovers for a meaty French onion soup the next day.

Combine the melted butter, 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder, and pinch of kosher salt in a small bowl.

Set the oven to broil, and place the sandwich rolls on a baking sheet. Brush butter over rolls (or inside them as we did to prevent greasy fingers), and toast 2-3 minutes, just until golden brown.

Pile the meat onto rolls and top with cheese. Return to the broiler and heat just until the cheese has started to melt.

Top the sandwiches with freshly chopped flat-leaf parsley, and serve with warm au jus for dipping. We put the parsley into the au jus.

Our Latest In

Wedding styles run the gamut from modern to traditional to our very favorite: the earthy and ethereal boho. Think whimsical flowers, woodsy decor, and a creative edge from aisle to style. Not just a summer trend, boho is perfect year-round. That's why we were so excited to team up with All Who Wander to share their collection of 17 gorgeous wedding dresses designed for the modern-day bohemian (AKA us in a nutshell).

We love a little free spirit vibe mixed in with our wedding bliss — something new, something blue, and something totally unique. Here's a peek with four All Who Wander dresses styled for every season, because finding your perfect dress is the next best thing to finding your favorite person, right? Congrats btw!

Winter

It takes a bold woman to book a winter wedding but the benefits are pretty amazing: more venue options, cheaper rates, no humidity, and stunning winter scenery, to name a few. The voluminous Joey gown has these 3D floral elements that almost float down the tulle like snow.

Check out the crosshatch on the tulle — so pretty!

For that wintery vibe (really this dress goes with any season) we paired it with a faux fur shawl and a bouquet with wintery waxflower, matthiola, and pine cones.

Makeup artist Stephanie Cardenas went bold with darker lips in cool tones. "We tend to have less color in our skin in winter months," says Cardenas. "Lips are the real showcase here so deep cheek contour and matte makeup are a great contrast. A nice highlight on the cheekbone can go a long way," she adds.

Joey Gown

Essense of Australia

Emery gown

Essense of Australia

Skye gown

Essense of Australia

Harlo gown

Essense of Australia

Spring

Spring weddings are all about the blooms, from head to table. The floral and sheer lace panels throughout the Skye gown's skirt gives it beautiful drape and an airy feel for warmer days.

It was also so comfortable to wear. The built-in cups in the bodice gave it really nice shape without having to worry about what bra to wear.

For makeup, Cardenas went with a fun, bright lip (go for matte to keep it from straying from your lip) and loose boho waves for hair. Oh and that flower crown? Made from a $5 bouquet!

Here's a simple how-to for the crown.

You'll need:

  • paddle wire
  • floral stem wire
  • wire cutters
  • floral shears
  • two bouquets of your choice
  1. Measure paddle wire around your head, leaving 2 or 3 inches for closure.
  2. Clip with wire cutters and twist ends together to close.
  3. Trim 3-inch stems of blooms.
  4. Use floral stem wire to wrap each stem around the crown.
  5. Wear and feel like a bridal queen!

Summer

Midsummer Night's Dream theme, anyone? Really, who can resist a woodsy backdrop against bright flowers and a dreamy dress? Yes, please! We paired the modern simplicity of the Emery gown with a simple baby's breath crown (so easy to make) and a colorful bouquet of ranunculus, calla lilies, mums, and snapdragons. Yellow shoes topped off the look!

The Emery gown's plunging neckline and keyhole back adds a dash of sexy without having to go sleeveless if that's not your thing. And the lace bodice adds really nice character on the minimal gown. A beach wedding would be sweet for this one too!

Fall

The Harlo gown was a favorite at the B + C office. Fringe and soft sequins give it beautiful texture and sheen but also a really fun edgy vibe. With a dress like this you can really play. We paired it with a fun rancher hat and beautiful orange sunflowers.

And look at how it swings!

Here's a close-up of the Harlo's lace detail, swoon...

So what do you think? Have a better idea of what you'll want to wear down the aisle? All Who Wander has many more designs (find a retailer near you here) for the adventurous bride, no matter what kind of wedding you're planning any time of year. Makes us want to do it all over again!

Author + Creative Direction: Theresa Gonzalez

Photographer: Kurt Andre

Stylist: Kayla Haykin

Hair and Makeup: Stephanie Cardenas

Models: Irina (Winter), Lauren (Spring), Anala (Summer), Malia (Fall)

B+C Studios in partnership with All Who Wander

B+C Studios in partnership with Avocado Mattress

We love the holidays for so many reasons — the parties, the food, all the DIYing! But with the invites and to-dos piling up, stressful days can turn into sleepless nights. We teamed up with Avocado Mattress to share our favorite sleepy time tips so you can get a restful 8 or so hours this holiday and beyond.

1. Let’s talk about your bedroom. A clutter-free, zen-y bedroom is pretty much essential for easing into a sleepy state. Design yours for rest and relaxation (clothes in the closet, tech out of the room, and a few sleep-inducing plants doesn’t hurt) and you’ll start to do both. Still tossing and turning? It might be time to invest in a good mattress — seriously one of the best #adulting buys we’ve made so far. And what we love about Avocado mattresses and pillows is that they’re super comfortable but they’re also designed to be healthier for people and the planet (think sustainable, socially responsible and toxic-chemical-free in every possible way). The company donates 1 percent of all revenue to environmental non-profits too — so you can feel good about the planet while getting a good night’s sleep. Win-win.

2. Make an aromatic mist. Before you get all snug in your Avocado bed, try this sleep-inducing spritz on your face or pillow. Mix five drops of lavender essential oil and five drops of chamomile essential oil (both are really good at lulling you to sleep) into one cup of distilled or mineral water. Transfer to a spray bottle and spritz away in all your self-care glory.

3. Swap your late night show for a podcast or audio book. It’s so easy to stay up late binge-watching your favorite shows, getting cozy with your favorite characters, only they don’t have to get up early in the morning. For a more restful sleep, move the action from your eyes to your ears. Turn on a podcast or start listening to a good book and let the soothing storyteller help you get some shut-eye.

4. Use a salt lamp or gravity blanket. Himalayan salt lamps can create an ambient light soothing for sleep. Place one on your nightstand or if you really want to sleep like a baby curl up underneath a gravity or weighted blanket. These simulate the feeling of being hugged and help calm the nervous system so you fall asleep faster and longer.

5. Mix your own sleepy time herbal tea. Cozy up to a warm, calming drink by mixing four parts dried chamomile, two parts dried lavender and two parts peeled and dried ginger (add lemon and honey if you wish). Some cool things about chamomile: it triggers the release of hormones like serotonin and melatonin, which can combat stress, and it has anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce tension headaches and migraines.

6. Stop the swirling task list in your head. Nothing keeps us more awake than our busy brains. Let that stuff loose. Grab a notebook or your phone and jot down every list item you can think of to stop that never-ending thought train. With every item on the list you’ll start to feel yourself relax.

7. Invest in an analog alarm clock. OK, so we know we should leave our phones in another room but it is SO HARD. Still, if you’re struggling to get the sleep you need it might be worth investing in an analog alarm clock. The blue light emitted from our phones throws off our internal clocks, or circadian rhythm, disrupting our sleep. Texting and scrolling can go on longer than we expected too, like way past our bedtime. An old-school analog clock will wake you up bright and early without that temptation.

Ready to score some sleep tonight? Check out the nontoxic, organic mattresses from Avocado Mattress before you hit the hay. So worth it. Nothing better than feeling like you had an amazing night’s sleep while feeling good about a product made with the planet in mind. Good night!

Illustrations by Marisa Kumtong