Easy French Dip Sandwiches

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    A delicious french dip sandwich made with a toasty baguette, flavorful roast beef and melted Swiss cheese. So easy to make and done in 10 minutes!

    Whenever I make homemade french bread, we always make french dip sandwiches. It’s so easy and is perfect for busy weeknights. I love to double the french bread recipe so that we can also make french bread pizza and easy spaghetti boats. Yum!

    french dip sandwich on a plate with au jus and fries

    Have you ever had a french dip sandwich? You know, those sandwiches filled with tons of flavorful roast beef slices and a yummy little bowl of broth on the side to dip it in?? Yum!

    One of my favorite local diners has these amazing French dip sandwiches and I die every time I eat one. There’s something so comforting about a roast beef sandwich on crusty bread that you dip in warm au jus.

    This recipe only requires a handful of ingredients and takes about 10 minutes from start to finish! You can’t beat that. The au jus is so flavorful and is the best part of the meal! Toasting them in the oven for just a few minutes takes them over the top and makes the cheese nice and melted. They taste perfect served with my easy homemade french fries.

    What is a French dip?

    It’s a warm sandwich consisting of roast beef and cheese that’s layered on top of a toasted French baguette. The sandwiches are typically served with a small bowl of the extra beef juice (au jus) for dipping. The combination of flavorful roast beef, au jus, melted cheese and toasted bread makes the ultimate sandwich recipe and tastes absolutely amazing!

    roast beef in a pan with au jus sauce

    What bread to use?

    I’ve used all sorts of rolls and breads and have found that I love a good French baguette warmed and cut into fourths. You can find them in your local bakery at most grocery stores or can make your own recipe if preferred. I love to make homemade bread when I have time because it really takes this french dip sandwich recipe over the top! The flavorful roast beef and melted cheese sandwiched between fresh, homemade bread is absolute heaven.

    Type of meat

    I like to use roast beef that’s cut from my local deli. You can also use pre-packaged roast beef lunch meat. This helps to save on time and makes this recipe super easy. If you prefer to cook your own roast beef, you absolutely can…it will just take longer to prepare.

    french dip sandwiches getting ready to go into the oven

    How to make a French dip sandwich

    Make the au jus:

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet.
    2. Add in the shallots and saute for 2 minutes. Then add flour and cook for 1 more minute.
    3. Slowly whisk in the beef consommé and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer.
    4. Add the steak seasoning and mix until combined.

    Assembling the sandwich:

    1. Slice the baguette into 4 pieces. Then cut each piece in half horizontally.
    2. Separate the roast beef pieces and place in the au jus sauce until warm.
    3. Then place an equal portion of beef on each baguette slice. Top with a slice of Swiss cheese.
    4. Bake at 400°F for 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
    5. Serve with a small bowl of the extra au jus for dipping.

    french dip sandwich on a white plate

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    French dip recipe

    French Dip Sandwich Recipe

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: French
    Keyword: french dip
    Cook Time: 10 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 4
    Calories: 426
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    A delicious french dip sandwich made with a toasty baguette, flavorful roast beef and melted Swiss cheese. So easy to make and done in 10 minutes!

    Ingredients

    • 1 baguette (or your favorite rolls)
    • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 shallot (chopped)
    • 1 Tablespoon all-purpose flour
    • 10 ounces beef consommé (use 2 cans if you like a lot of dipping sauce)
    • 1 teaspoon steak seasoning (I prefer McCormick Montreal)
    • 3/4 pound lean roast beef (thinly sliced)
    • 4 slices Swiss cheese (thinly sliced)

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven to 400°F. Slice the baguette into 4. Then cut horizontally to make the sandwiches. 
    • In a large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and heat for 1 minute. Add shallots and sauté for 2 minutes. Add flour and sauté 1 more minute.
    • Slowly whisk in beef consommé. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer. Add steak seasoning and mix until combined.
    • Separate roast beef and place in the au jus sauce until warm. Using tongs, place an equal portion of beef on each section of baguette or rolls. Top with a slice of cheese. Bake for 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted.
    • Serve with a small bowl of the extra au jus for dipping. 

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    Nutrition

    Calories: 426kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1981mg | Potassium: 387mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 38.8mg | Calcium: 518mg | Iron: 4.1mg
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    Recipe contributed by Jen from Yummy Healthy Easy for I Heart Naptime.

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