Chillier nights means it’s time to get out the Instant Pot. I know it doesn’t heat up the kitchen too much, but it just makes the best cold weather foods. You know what I mean — soups, stews, and roasts. It makes what was once an all day affair into something you can easily make for a weeknight dinner.

These French Dip sandwiches are a great example of that. A french dip is comfort food at its core. Tender, melt in your mouth beef that has been perfectly seasoned, onions, good cheese, and a perhaps my favorite part (it’s my favorite part of everything, to be honest) a crusty baguette. It’s an easy meal that will please everyone. Who doesn’t like a good sandwich?

For the beef, I seasoned mine liberally with Ava Jane’s Kitchen Everyday Blend. This is the perfect blend of salt and pepper, with hints of citrus. It’s not spicy, and doesn’t overwhelm anything, but adds a lot of flavor with a little bit of effort, which is what you need for something like this.

You can make this in your slow cooker if that’s more your thing, just follow the directions but cook the roast on low for 8 hours or so until tender. But if, like me, you don’t always plan that far ahead, the Instant Pot takes all your stress away.

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