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 D.J. and Katelyn. Katelyn made these for dinner and I was so impressed with how quick and easy but incredibly yummy these were! We have made this numerous times since—it is definitely one of my husband’s favorites.
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 coldcut-filled sandwich.
What is a French Dip Sandwich?
In fact, there are few simple meals I make and enjoy as regularly as this French dip sandwich. If you haven’t had one before, you are in for a real treat!
It has all the components needed for a great sandwich: thick-crusted bread topped with melty provolone cheese layered on top of thinly sliced beef.
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 recipe is the thinly-sliced Italian roast beef. This can be a bit challenging to find sometimes, but it’s oh-so-worth-it! You have several options to choose from to find that extra thin beef.
First of all, try the deli within the grocery store to see if the butcher can thinly slice you 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.
Additionally, you can use leftovers to make this meal. Try making this easy roast beef recipe for dinner, and shred it into thin pieces after.
Lastly, 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 Consumme' 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 hoagie rolls by spreading cream cheese on the bottom bun of each hoagie and 2 slices of Provolone on each top bun.
- Place tops and bottoms of hoagies face-up in broiler for a minute of two until the Provolone cheese has melted.
- Remove from broiler. Using tongs, pull out some of the sliced roast beef from the Au Jus and place it on the bottom bun. Then cover with top bun.
- Use a ladle to scoop out some of the broth into dipping cups to serve as au jus.