From time to time I like to dabble in the world of french dip sandwiches.
It’s simple. It’s juicy. It’s yum-tastic.
I mean, the sandwich itself is not many ingredients, but something about the tender roast beef piled into a freshly baked roll and dipped into flavorful au jus just gets me good.
Since it has been a while, I ended up making some french dip sandwiches for dinner last night…
I didn’t exactly have time after work to make a whole roast beef and au jus from scratch — that’s a weekend ambition — so I made it easy on myself and got the roast beef sliced at the deli and made the au jus sauce with some beef broth.
I decided to put some onion in the au jus for a couple of reasons:
- I had almost a full onion left over from a couple days prior that I didn’t want to go to waste
- The boyfriend (who doesn’t like onions) was not having any, so I could : )
You can substitute shallots, or forgo the onion concept all together!
Either way, making the au jus is really simple. With a little bit of butter, flour, (the optional onion/shallot), beef broth and some flavorings you are about 10 minutes away from dipping dinner!
I dipped the roast beef slices into the au jus before adding it to the steak rolls because it felt like the right thing to do — it may have been the best decision I made the whole day.
The sandwich alone is a great for lunch, but since I was having this as my dinner I enjoyed it with a side of roasted potatoes and Brussels sprouts (french fries probably sound better as a side now that I think of it — french dip & french fries…hmmmm).
Anyway, here’s the recipe for this delicious, juicy, quick and easy french dip sandwich.