3 French Dip Sandwich Recipes

Published: 28th February 2011
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French dip sandwich recipes are very well-liked. The French dip sandwich was discovered by accident by a Frenchman, but he was not living in France. He had emigrated to the United States and was living in Los Angeles. Philippe Mathieu had opened his sandwich bar and delicatessen called 'Philippe The Original' on North Alameda Street in 1908, but the Eureka moment came ten years later when a policeman came in to buy a beef sandwich.

Philippe unintentionally dropped it in the tray in which the beef had been cooked, yet served it up anyway. The policeman came back with a few friends the next day to taste the 'dipped' sandwich so the French dip sandwich was born. The sandwich bar is still there and still making French dip sandwich recipes nearly 90 years later.

Being French, Philippe would have called his sandwiches 'au jus', which is the same as 'with juice', but many Americans do not realize this and ask for their French dip sandwiches 'with au jus'. Nowadays, the sauce is often specially made or concocted separately so that it is far more elaborate than only the meat juices from the pan, but you can make it as complicated or as simple as you want. There is also no reason why you can not make up vegetarian or fish French dip sandwich recipes

Recipe 1

French Dip Sandwich

Serves 4

1 can Franco-American Au Jus Gravy

4 servings thinly sliced cooked beef

4 servings French bread or long crusty rolls, cut in half lengthwise

In a 10 inch frying pan, combine gravy and beef. Over a low heat, warm through, stirring occasionally.

To make the sandwiches, arrange the beef on the bread. Serve each sandwich with small dish of gravy for dipping.

Recipe 2

French Dip Sandwich Au Jus

Serves 8

3 pounds beef, chuck, trimmed

2 cups water

1/2 cup soy sauce

1 teaspoon dried rosemary

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 bay leaf

3 peppercorns (3 to 4)

8 French rolls, split lengthways

Place beef in a slow cooker. Add water, soy sauce, and seasonings. Cover and cook on HIGH for 5-6 hours or until beef is tender.

Remove meat from broth; shred with forks and keep warm. Strain broth; skim off fat. Pour broth into small cups for dipping. Serve beef on toasted rolls.

Recipe 3

French Dip Sandwiches

Serves 4

1 long loaf French bread

1/2 pound cooked roast beef (from deli or leftovers)

1 package roast beef au jus gravy

4 tablespoons butter

1 teaspoon garlic powder

Cut French loaf in half end-to-end. Spread with butter then sprinkle with garlic. Wrap in foil and heat in oven until warm. Mix gravy as directed on package and reheat beef in juice. Drain beef from gravy and put on bottom half of warm bread. Put top on sandwich and cut up. Put gravy into small bowls (one for each person). Dip sandwich in gravy to eat.

Serve with French fries and a salad.

Owen Jones, the author of this piece writes on several topics, and is currently involved with French dip sandwich recipes. If you would like to know more or check out some great offers, please go to our site at Vegetarian Sandwich Recipes.

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