This French dip sandwich with au jus is incredibly easy to make. With two layers of gooey melted cheese, flavorful Italian roast beef, a toasted bun and savory au jus for dipping, you will recreate this French dip sandwich recipe again and again.
French Dip Sandwich
The first time I had this style of French Dip sandwiches we were visiting my brother and sister-in-law, DJ and Katelyn. Katelyn made these for dinner and I was so impressed with how quick, easy, yet incredibly yummy these sandwiches are! I’ve made this French Dip sandwich throughout the years and it is the perfect meal to make when you want something different from your normal cold-cut sandwich.
What is a French Dip Sandwich?
A French Dip, or beef dip, is basically sliced roast beef on a French roll, or baguette. The beef on the sandwich can be from a leftover roast or deli sliced roast beef. Both are delicious. The sandwich is served with a side of a rich beef broth, or au jus for dipping. Before each bite, the sandwich is dipped in au jus just enough to cover a small section. The bread and meat absorb the au jus making every bite juicy and flavorful.
A traditional French dip doesn’t necessarily have to have cheese, but melted Provolone or Swiss cheese on the sandwich adds great flavor. Sauteéd onions and peppers can also be added to the sandwich. If you haven’t had one before, you are in for a real treat!
What is Au Jus?
What really sets the French dip sandwich apart is the au jus. Au jus is a French term for “in juice”. For the sake of this recipe, the beef is cooked in a “juice” made with onion soup and beef broth. The beef-flavored juice is then set aside and used to dip the sandwich into. It is absolutely fantastic!
What’s the best beef to use in French Dip Sandwiches?
The key to this fabulous sandwich is good beef. This can be a bit challenging to find sometimes, but it’s oh-so-worth-it! You have several options for a good beef filling to choose from:
- Try the deli within the grocery store to see if the butcher can thinly slice the roast beef. While there is sometimes pre-packaged roast beef available to purchase, the deli counter will have a cut that is far better tasting.
- You can use leftovers to make this meal. Cook a beef roast for a meal during the week like this easy roast beef recipe. Then slice or shred the leftovers into thin pieces and use it for this French Dip dinner two or three nights later.
- If you have steak for dinner, grill and an extra piece or two and set it aside. The next day, use a thin knife and slice it as thinly as possible.
Other Sandwich Recipes to Try:
- Kalua Pork Pulled Sandwich
- Turkey Bacon Avocado Panini
- Vietnamese Pork Bahn Mi
- Apple, Ham and Cheddar Melt
- Grown Up Grilled Cheese
How to Make a French Dip Sandwich
- In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring the beef consomme' and onion soup mix to a boil.
- Add the sliced roast beef to the pan and simmer for 5 minutes.
- While beef is simmering in the sauce prepare French rolls by spreading 1 tablespoon of cream cheese on the bottom bun of each roll. Place 2 slices of cheese on each top bun.
- Place rolls (tops and bottoms) face-up on a baking sheet. Broil on high for about two minutes or until the Provolone cheese has melted. Remove from broiler.
- Using tongs, pull the sliced roast beef from the au jus and place it on the bottom buns with cream cheese. Top with the top buns.
- Use a ladle to scoop the au jus evenly into four dipping cups or small bowls. Serve the sandwiches with the side of au jus.