French dip sandwiches are one of my most favorite meals to eat! And yet, I always sort of forget the meal idea exists so when I think of French dips I get super excited and add it to my next week of meal planning. It’s such a comforting dish, it’s warm, savory and buttery all in one! It’s also a super easy meal to make, it only requires a few ingredients and takes almost no time at all to throw together.
I realize that a more “homemade” version would be buying a chuck roast and going from there, but this way using roast beef deli meat is way easier and the way that my family always made it. It’s not necessarily the cheapest meal to make because I usually can’t find roast beef for less than $6-$7 for one pound, but 1 pound easily feeds 4 people. So for 4 people you can feed them this meal for less than $2.50/person. Okay, so I take that back, it’s still a pretty cheap meal! :)
Start by caramelizing an onion or two in a large saucepan with a little bit of butter. I cooked the onions in a saucepan so that the Au Jus would soak in all the onion flavor. Once the onions are a nice golden brown, add in the Au Jus mix with the correct amount of water. Let this come to a boil and then turn the heat to medium-low.
You can either by this type of Au Jus which is a concentrated liquid version, or the dry packet just like the little taco seasoning packets. I think the concentrated version gives the liquid a richer and deeper flavor, but the packets are a little more bang for your buck.
While the Au Jus is simmering, add in the roast beef and let it cook until it’s heated through. Since the Au Jus is already hot, it doesn’t take more than about five minutes for the meat to be done. Also, I just have to say, taking pictures of liquids isn’t easy. The liquid reflects all light, and if there’s any grease or fat in it, it very clearly shows it.
While the Au Jus and meat is warming up, butter a couple sandwich rolls and let them broil in the oven until the edges are crispy and the rolls are warm. Lay a few slices of cheese (I used Monterrey Jack cheese) on the hot rolls when you pull them out of the oven and then top the cheese off with meat and then layer on the cooked onions.
Slice in half. Dunk in Au Jus. Be happy.
It’s savory and delicious and the perfect meal for a cold night.
- 1-2 Onions, evenly sliced
- 2 T butter
- 3 cups worth Au Jus, either use the concentrated or 2 packets of dry mix
- 1 pound Roast Beef deli meat
- 4 hoagie sandwich rolls
- sliced cheese, optional
- Melt 2T of butter in a large saucepan and add in the sliced onions. Saute until slightly caramelized, about 20-25 minutes, or until cooked down.
- Add in the Au Jus of your choice, just be sure to follow package instructions to make about 3 cups
- Let the sauce simmer 5 minutes and then add in the roast beef.
- Let this cook until the beef is hot and has soaked in some flavor.
- Meanwhile, turn on your ovens broil and butter up the hoagie rolls. Let them broil for about 5 minutes or until the edges are toasted.
- Lay some sliced cheese on the rolls, and then layer on some of the roast beef from the saucepan and then scoop out some of the onions and layer those on top.
- Ladle out the au jus in little ramekins for dipping.