French Dip Sandwich

French Dip Sandwich2A good French Dip Sandwich can really be a hearty meal.  Most people think of sandwiches for lunch, but this makes a great dinner, too.  If you like beef, this is a sandwich for you.

I used a leftover chuck steak, but there are so many cuts of beef you can use.  Thinking about what to do with that leftover roast beef?  A French Dip Sandwich is one suggestion.

If this is making you hungry, but you don’t have any cuts of beef to use, head to your grocery store and just pick up some top round lunch meat.  That’s what I usually do, but I had the chuck steak and thought I’d give it a try.  It was delicious.Call to Action

I just picked up a “store brand” au jus mix packet which was really tasty, but if you just made a roast beef, I hope you saved some of the juices from the roast.  That’s what I’ll do the next time.  Some for a homemade grave and the rest for a French Dip Sandwich.

Now if you were to order this in a restaurant, it probably wouldn’t be served with mushrooms, but, once again, my husband came home from the flea market with some fresh portobello mushrooms and it just sounded good to me.

And….not just because it’s called “French” dip, but I recommend a good French bread for this sandwich.  An Italian sub roll would work great, too.


French Dip Sandwich | Recipe

( 2 large sandwiches)

1 Chuck Steak (or 1 lb. of thinly sliced beef)
2 Portobello mushrooms (optional)
1 T. olive oil
1 package of au jus sauce (or equivalent)
2 large French bread rolls

Grill the steak to a medium rare.  This is just to get that great grilling flavor.  (That’s not necessarily a must for this recipe, but it’s what I did.  Please feel free to thinly slice some leftover roast beef or just use sliced roast beef from the deli.)  Set aside.

Thinly sliced beef

Slice mushrooms and saute in frying pan with olive oil just till tender.

Sliced Portobello Mushrooms

While mushrooms are sauteing, open au jus package and follow directions on package.

When au jus is complete and still piping hot, carefully add the thinly sliced beef.  This will heat the meat and will also cook it a little more while still remaining tender.  Remove from heat.beef and au jus

Using a bread knife, cut your French bread rolls in half.

Using a slotted spoon, scoop the beef from the au jus.  Drain as much au jus as possible so your bread doesn’t get too soggy.  Pile the beef on your rolls.

Next, top the mushrooms on the beef.  My suggestion is to cut each roll in half so it’s easier to pick up this sandwich with piled high beef.

French Dip Sandwich


Now pour some of the au jus sauce in small heat resistant bowls.  Dip your sandwich into the au jus, take a bite, and enjoy!




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