French Dip Sandwiches

Total Time:
15 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 jigger dry sherry, optional
  • 2 cans beef consomme, found on broth and soups aisle or beef broth
  • 1 1/2 pounds deli sliced roast beef
  • Grill seasoning blend for steak, such as Montreal Steak Seasoning Blend, or, coarse salt and pepper
  • 4 torpedo sandwich rolls, split
Directions

In a large, shallow skillet over moderate heat, melt butter. Add shallots to butter and saute 2 minutes. Add flour to butter and shallot and cook a minute longer. Whisk in sherry and cook liquid out. Whisk in consomme in a slow stream. Bring sauce to a bubble and allow to simmer over low heat until ready to serve sandwiches.

Pile meat loosely across your cutting board or a large work surface. Season meat with grill seasoning or salt and black pepper. Set out 4 ramekins or small soup cups for dipping sauce, 4 dinner plates and 4 split torpedo rolls. To assemble, using a pair of kitchen tongs, dip meat into loose au jus sauce and pile into rolls. Set ramekins or cups with extra dipping sauce along side the sandwiches.


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These are very easy to make, and tasted great! We used ciabata bake at home bread. I will be making these again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I both loved these! Boarshead roast beef is a must. I also buttered the buns and put them on the grill pan (I don't have a griddle). I added the seasoning to the au juis. To finish them off I melted provolone cheese on top under the broiler. Cole slaw makes a great side. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm looking for easy recipes for hot summer evenings. My husband isn't into sandwiches for dinner until I reminded him he loves hamburgers/ sausages heros/ meatball heros etc. He loved this with some chips on the side and a simple salad or sometimes deli coleslaw. I was thinking of adding the cheese and some mushrooms to the sauce but I wanted "easy and simple" so I followed the recipe exactly and was not disappointed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been trying for years to get the perfect french dip sandwiches. This one hits the mark for us every time!!!!!! Here is what I do. I sauteed 1 whole onion in butter with some fresh garlic at the every end, that's what our family likes. Then I than added the sherry, beef base paste and water, Montreal steak seasoning blend and black pepper and let it simmer. Then I added the very rare roast beef to the simmering liquid with spices to pick up all the flavors. After a few minutes its, time to place the meat on the buns with some cheese,we have tried many different kinds, and enjoyed wonderful sandwiches with awesome dipping sauce. This has become a family favorite!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I substituted another can of beef broth for beef gravy and it came out thicker than classic au jus which is what I was after. This is a very tasty meal and very easy to do. We prepared the sandwiches with horseradish sauce and alpine lace swiss cheese open open-faced ciabatta rolls. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tested and approved by the boyfriend. That's always a win in my book. We added provolone cheese and melted in under the broiler for a minute (which toasted the bread nicely too! and it worked out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick and tasty! Makes great leftovers too! And if you find that you have extra au jus left, you can make it into a quick beef gravy for potatoes or something else. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Given all of the high ratings I was surprised that I disliked this dish. I followed the instructions exactly (and did use the sherry and au jus was lacking in flavor. I also thought the montreal steak seasoning was an add on trying to compensate for au jus but it just didn't do it for me. I won't be making this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I will definitely be making these again. Loved by the little ones and the bigs! The Sherry added a ton to the flavor of the au jus. Boarshead roast beef did the trick. item not reviewed by moderator and published
EASY, go-to, hot sandwich that the whole family loves, even the young kids! We put the bread under the broiler to keep it from getting too soft. After assembling we throw provolone on top and put it back under the broiler, dress with horseradish sauce, shredded lettuce and tomatoes. Yum-o! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As we say at our house....this one is a "keeper!" It was so easy, and so flavorful. I bought roast beef that was already seasoned with Cajun spice, so I didn't use the Montreal Seasoning. I just used the dip, and it was delicious. In fact, we are saving the rest for tomorrow's lunch! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so good!!!! I used sirloin beef broth instead of consomme and used Boarshead roast beef. One of our favorite recipes!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is definitely a hit and is simple! I did add some provolone cheese, as we are big cheese eaters. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow this is not only good, but simply and fast! I had a left over beef tenderloin and need au jus to warm my meat in, this recipe was quick to put together. It's a keeper. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Delicious. I was iffy t first but it was delicious. I didnt even need to dip the sandwich in the dip it was that good...(but I did, of course) item not reviewed by moderator and published
great recipe item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just made this a few hours ago and all I have to say is WOW and OMG!!! This is simply the best French Dip that I've ever had! I live approximately 20 miles from a deli that serves French Dip sandwiches, so I wanted to find a recipe where the au jus wasn't so salty! Who knew a French Dip sandwich could be so EASY to make yourself??? I made only 1/2 recipe because I wanted to try it first. I used Boar's Head roast beef and I purchased French rolls from a bakery. I did use the steak seasoning, even though I'm not sure that it made it taste any better. I made the au jus and put the roast beef in it until I was ready to put it on the bread. I toasted the roll on my George Foreman grill. I put provolone on both sides of the bread. I took the roast beef out of the sauce and let it drain so as not to make my bread all soggy. I then covered the sandwich with provolone and put it under the broiler. I then ate the BEST French Dip sandwich I've ever had!!! Thanks, Rachael!!!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have to admit, I was skeptical at first. But this is such a simple and fast way to create a delicious sandwich! I topped mine with provolone and put it under the broiler for a minute. So good! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yum! This is a delicious recipe and so simple. My hubby even said it was better than his moms! LOL, score for me! I changed the recipe because my hubby bought the Hillshire Farm thin sliced roast beef lunch meat, NOT from the deli. But it still turned out delicious. I also used someone elses suggestions of slightly toasting the bread with butter and garlic powder, and swiss cheese. I also used about 3-4 shallots and 3 cans of the beef broth and 2 TBSP of the flour. So I pretty much doubled the recipe. I found I didn't need the 4th can of broth(when doubling the recipe), because the pan was already full, and it was already very liquidy. Oh yes, and I used beef broth over the consomme. I will def. use this again. And I didn't use the sherry. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is very good, when ever I make Pot Roast (Cooks Illustrated), I use the leftover meat for this. Deliish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These were so good my daughter the picky eater ate one! This was really easy to make for a Saturday lunch and was yummy! Thank You Rachael Ray! item not reviewed by moderator and published
A great interpretation of a real French dip sandwich, definitely have to double dip it just like at Philippes, arguably the place that invented the French dip. This guy has a review of the two Los Angeles restaurants that claim they invented the French dip. Gotta add hot mustard to it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0XZP5OS4knU item not reviewed by moderator and published
I tasted deliciouso! My fiance loved it too. I also love it bc it's so quick to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is extrodinarily easy and tastes better than you find in most restaraunts. If you want to kick it up a notch, split the roll, lightly butter, lightly season with garlic salt and parmesan. Then place slices of swiss cheese on the roll. Broil for 2-3 minutes until cheese begins to melt. Unbelievable! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I found this receipe of hers last year in one of her cookbooks that I have and decided I would try it out. My husband LOVES french dips and unless we go to a bar and grill or nasty fast food (arby's) he can't really find a good one he really really likes. UNTIL THEN THAT IS!!! I made this for him the first time and he LOVED IT!!! IT'S THE BEST! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these sandwiches for my husband with her Bacon-Horseradish Potatoes, and they went great together! These have become part of our weekly routine. Thank You for and amazing dinner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fast and easy and ONO!!! I also used Prime Rib that I had frozen in my freezer with some Hoagie Buns. WoW Lau Lau....Highly recommended!!! Added some Provolone Cheese and mushroom sauteed in butter. ONO!!!!!! (delicious in Hawaii) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe with a couple of changes to suit our tastes. I swapped out the shallot for half of a medium onion. I used an ounce of red wine vinegar instead of sherry. For the roast beef I bought Dilusso med rare, and once the aus jus had come to a bubble, I put the roast beef in the pan, covered it, and let the roast beef simmer in it until all the pink from the meat was gone, giving it some time to soak up some of that yummy goodness. I was in a hurry this time, and forgot to add the mushrooms that I wanted to try adding in, but next time (and there will DEFINITELY be a next time for this recipe) I will add them in as well. Very flavorful, and my boyfriend commented. "now I can totally see why you like French Dips!). item not reviewed by moderator and published
I like very rare roast beef and once it turns brown I have a hard time eating it. This recipe is the perfect solution! I used the balsamic vinegar, as suggested, to sub for the sherry. Turned out great and was very easy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
One of my fast, really easy dinners is what I call Roast Beef English. It is rare roast beef from the deli sliced very thin, and swiss or provolone on a toasted english muffin. Toast english muffin, Then top 1/2 eng muff with roast beef, the other half with the cheese. Then microwave until cheese melts (time varies depending on how many are in the microwave).. However, this time I also made the dipping sauce in this recipe. It was superb and added so much flavor to my RBE. Thanks Rachael :) item not reviewed by moderator and published
I ADDED A GOOD BALSAMIC instead of SHERRY, also i put in a teaspoon of WORSHICETSER, and MUSHROOMS, and a PINCH OF GARLIC TOAST BREAD A LITTLE SO IT DOSENT GET SOGGY WHEN DIPPIN GREAT TASTING AND IMPRESSIVE item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy! Less than 10 minutes and I had au jus for our last minute decision to make french dip sandwiches. We love a lot of flavor so I added more sherry and more beef base ( we use BETTER THAN BOUILLON. it is organic and we get it at Costo.) Super yummy! Thank you Rachel Ray! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These sandwiches were the bomb. The flavor was great and even my picky son liked them. I put horseradish on mine and it was awesome. This is a great weeknight dinner because it goes together so quickly. Will definitely be making these again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I toasted the bread added white cheese (monterey jack or monster). This was perfect. My husband & I loved it! I'll be making this again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
As a novice, when I think of adding flour to liquid, I think of trying to thicken something and at first the tablespoon of multipurpose worried me: not the case here. That's why Rachel has a cooking show, though, and I don't. Person above suggesting using Swiss thinks like I do, and same gal suggested warming sandwiches in tin foil- brilliant and never ocurred to me. Only difference from Rae's was I used crusty French bread, placed the deli beef on the bread topped with aged Sara Lee Swiss and wrapped in foil (without au jus) and warmed in oven at 200 for an hour waiting to serve. Also like smart person using foil, I used onion (one large slice chopped up since shallots are smaller and milder than onions). One final difference: I used a jigger/splash of old Merlot (7 days) that we never finished instead of sherry, and the au jus was fantastic. Finally, the Montreal Steak seasoning sprinkled on the meat before putting on bread and into oven was also fantastic. Great served with Cole slaw or potato salad. Really great recipe. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Wow! This recipe is perfect for leftover roast beef. I used vermouth instead of sherry, since that is what I had in the house. This is delicious. We added a slice of Swiss cheese to the sandwiches, and it was the perfect finishing touch. Thanks again, Racheal, for great, quick and easy recipes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was looking for an quick and easy fix to a craving and of course Rachel Ray delivered. I used pastrami instead of roast beef - mainly for the taste - and dipped the the meat in the au jus before fixing the sandwiches. It turned out great for my boyfriend and I because it wasn't a 2 hour long process. Thanks Rachel! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This French Dip Sandwich is the best I've ever had!!! I used onions instead of shallots and I browned the bread and topped it off with swiss cheese and let it melt with the meat on the bread while wrapped in foil. I made french fries and corn on the cob with it for an awesome dinner. It was super fast and super good. I will be making this sandwich for a long time. My husband stated "there is only 1 thing I would do different......... make more." item not reviewed by moderator and published
I highly recommend using the Sherry even though it optional. The more the better as I find this gives the Au Jus the true taste of a French Dip. I like to top off with Swiss or Provolone cheese. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved the AuJus! So tasty. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yes it really is that good! I was out of sherry, so used a splash of dry vermouth...served it on leftover homemade french bread from the weekend with oven fries on the side. My husband said it was the best french dip he ever had. This is definitely going into my weeknight rotation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Recipe is so simple for wonderful results - Everyone at the table agreed it was the best french dip sandwich they had ever had. I used ciabatta bread so it would hold up to the au jus sauce. Also placed a piece of provolone on top of the meat and broiled for a minute to melt the cheese and toast the bread. item not reviewed by moderator and published
so i made this recipe over the weekend and the results were fantastic. i made a double batch of the sauce and let it do its things for a while in a crock pot and added the meat to half of the sauce before assembling the sandwiches and OMG it was tasteeeeeeeeeeeee! the only change i made was adding a little garlic butter on one side of the roll before putting the cheese on. everyone loved them and wanted more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I needed another way to use freshly made roast beef because hubby & I can only eat so much in one sitting (and we have a slicer). I used par-baked baguettes (which are amazingly delicious and easy, 8 mins from frozen to table!), tripled the amount of shallots and put them on the top of the meat, covered with provolone and put them under the broiler for a few minutes. We were amazed at how good it was. This recipe is a definite keeper. When my hubby brought in leftovers to work the next day, his whole office wanted to know what that delicious smell was and how could we possibly have made resturant quality dippiing sauce? Little do they know just how fast and easy it was! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves French Dips so I had to try this recipe and true to all the comments... it was wonderful! Didn't have Sherry so used Red Wine Vinegar that someone else suggested and it worked nicely. Best part was this recipe was super quick and easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I really liked this recipe, but only with the right bread. The first time I made it, I bought steak rolls from the supermarket. But as soon as the bread hit the jus, it turned to mush. (ever taken a sandwich on a boating trip, and the sandwich got wet?) So the second time I tried, I make rolls from scratch; a standard baguette recipe. The bread turned moist and juicy when dunked, but not mushy. Perfect! The jus was so good, I had to refill my dunking bowl before the sandwich was gone. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My hubby says this is one of the best things I've EVER made him. It was fabulous. I've tried other french dip/philly type sandwiches and this one is the best, by far! I made another one off of another website earlier today and it was nowhere near as good as this and it was much more time-consuming. This is another winner! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Love this recipe. It's so easy and kicks up a simple sandwhich. We add some Swiss cheese and put it under the broiler to melt and it is just heaven. We eat this simple food a couple of times a month. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Added provolone. Easy to prepare and very tasty. My boyfriend devoured his sandwich and headed for seconds. Highly reccommend for dinner on workdays. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I wanted an easy French dip recipe for my husband and this was it! I haven't had a chance to try it yet, but I think it would be great with any sort of meat sandwich including steak. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very easy to do and everyone loved it. They have been asking for it again and again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The sherry really adds something to this recipe. It is wonderful! Best French Dip I've had, and I MADE IT! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Thanks for this easy and delicious recipe. My hubby loved it and drank the rest oh his au jus sauce (it was that tasty). I used shaved turkey breast, 2% Swiss cheese, a bit low fat mayo for mine, dunked in sauce and happy eating. I added some sautee onions and toasted the rolls. A new fave! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love french dip sandwiches and when we found this one we had to try it. I loved it and my husband who really doesn't like them liked it as well. We added cheese and onions on them and put them under the broiler for a few minutes! I'd make them again soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the BEST french dip I have EVER had. I am a huge fan of the dip sand. so is my hubby. I made this the other night and It will definetly become one of our most used recipies! The only thing I did different was added white mushrooms to the aujus' dip - SO good. We skimed them out and added them to our sandwiches and Topped it with provalone cheese before we broiled them. I used beef broth cubes - and red wine vinegrete instead of the dry sherry (didn't have any)added a tsp. fresh garlic to the sauce too. This was amazing!! I would highly recommend it to anyone! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was the easiest recipe ever and tasted great. I would totally make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy, delicious and better than any French Dip I have gotten in a restaurant. I got BoarsHead Roast Beef, cut thick which worked really well. The best part was the au jus. I was hesistant about making it, since I really don't like sherry (or any alcohol). But you can't taste the alcohol at all. It was so yummy, I couldn't stop taking little tastes of it while I made the rest of dinner. You won't regret making this! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves this recipe and begs me to make it constantly! It's so easy and so flavorful. I even make leftovers out of it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
TEN is more like it! My boyfriend and I are huge french dip junkies...this is by far the best we have ever had! Yummmo! I did add provolone cheese and threw em in the broiler for a few minutes...Slurp! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Meal only takes minutes. Even I, someone whom rarley ever cooks did this with ease. Literly takes 10 minutes if that. Huge meal and very filling!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loves a roast on Sundays and this is a great use for the leftovers. The Au Jus is delicious item not reviewed by moderator and published
My family loved this one...including my toddler. We will be eating this again soon. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The Au jus is the greatest! I make it all the time, I can't wait for winter so I can curl up and drink French Onion Soup on the couch! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these when company was in town and we had been on the go the whole day. It was quick and very delicious. As a previous reviewer suggested, I had the meat sliced thin at the deli and it was just right. Will make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have always loved these sandwiches. I was so pleased with how well this turned out and how easy it was!! I added swiss cheese to the sandwiches...delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the easiest recipe ever! I think the Montreal seasoning adds a liitle kick and I added some provelone cheese to my sandwich to top it off. It was great! I have 2 picky eaters ages 12 and 7 and even they loved it! A hit with the whole family. item not reviewed by moderator and published
made this for dinner and the kids liked it. I put it on mixed grain bread though. fast and easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one of our favorite things to make on a weekday. Fast easy and super YUMMY! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I'm not a meat-eater, but I made this one for my hubby. He REALLY enjoyed it! It was so quick and easy. Love those 30-minute meals. Thanks Rachel! item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe provided by Racheal Ray via truly hit the spot for my family and easy enough to use w/ other beef base recipe in the future. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These sandwiches were quick, easy and delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My fiance and I are always looking for quick, easy recipes. That's why we love Rachel Ray. This recipe does not disappoint. The sauce was great and easy to make. I will absolutely make it again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Loved this and it was so quick and easy. We did add some provolone and next time I'm thinking of adding some sauteed onions as well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a great way to make a fast dinner without skipping on the taste. FANTASTIC! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've made this for my family twice; once it was to die for, once it was merely pretty darned good. Not sure what went wrong that second time. Overall, like almost all Rachael's recipes, I'm amazed at what I can do in the kitchen, given the right help! Thanks Rachael! item not reviewed by moderator and published
These sandwiches were so tasty and easy to make! I carmelized some onions, topped it off with some swiss cheese and stuck it under the broiler for a few minutes. These will definitely make it into our rotation. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the easiest recipe in the world! It is so good. I make these all the time. I add slices of swiss cheese to ours. FANTASTIC! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love french dip sandwiches but not too many places serve them here anymore. This is fast and satisffies my craving. The sherry really makes it special. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Quick to fix and kid-friendly. Much easier (and better tasting) than any other I've tried. item not reviewed by moderator and published
my 12 year old daughter and her friends BEG for it, with my oniony potatoes- it's softball season-makes a GREAT 30 MINUTE MEAL- thanks item not reviewed by moderator and published
Finally, I can make an easy French Dip at home! I looove French Dip but I've never made it at home because I don't have time to make a whole roast beef and sauces are not my specialty! Rachael's recipe is super easy and the sauce is delicious. The addition of wine gives the sauce more bite and flavor than most restaurants. Also, I like that I can go to the deli counter and decide how lean and how thick I'd prefer my roast beef! Yummy, easy and satisfying. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The dip was good. My hubby who is picking loved it he thought it was a nice change. Quick and easy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
only downside is the saltiness. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made these last night for my family and a friend. We loved them! I love how simple it was to make! Thanks! Love your show and don't let the unconstructive reviews get to you. You got me in the kitchen and cooking and my family thanks you! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this after watching her show. Was just as good as it looked! Easy to make and different than the normal sandwich night stuff---was really a treat! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves french dips and he thought this recipe was great. It was very easy to make and it tasted just like what you would order at a restaurant. item not reviewed by moderator and published
So simple and delicious. Everyone from my 2 year old to my 80 year old grandfather loved this sandwich. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These sandwiches are quick and easy to prepare and taste better than those we have had in restaurants. Absolutely no problems with this one. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, fast and great tasting. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a quick, easy & very tasty recipe. However, I also leave out the Montreal Steak seasoning. It's way too salty and I add salt to almost everything! I'd give it 5 stars if it weren't for that. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband is pickier than most 7 year olds! But he couldn't stop talking about this sandwich! It was super easy to make and so tasty! Can't wait to make it again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband loves these sandwiches. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is a very easy recipe and sooooo good! I've made it for some of our friends and we now call it "World Famous French Dip"! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy, practical recipie. The Dry Sherry is a MUST with the beef broth. It is the single most practical, easy & tasty recipie I've come across in years when used with the Beef Consomme & Sherry. Great with Prime Rib served under any method. LDN item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love french dip on christmas eve. It's so easy and wonderful to eat. This is our tradition and this au jus is much better then the packaged stuff. WOW! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I cooked this for my wife. She said it tasted just like the french dip she eats at a nice cafe we frequent. Very easy!! Can't wait to eat again! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So easy-great for a quick meal. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so easy and tasty. It was perfect for Sunday football! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so yummy and so easy. You won't be able to stop eating! I put provolone cheese on top and melted under the broiler. You won't find a better tasting sandwich...even in a restaurant. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Roast beef w/ajus to dip into .... The greatest and so simple too item not reviewed by moderator and published

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