French dip sandwich recipes are very well-liked. These sandwiches were invented by accident by a Frenchman, but he was not living in France. He had emigrated to the United States and was resident 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 accidentally dropped it in the pan in which the beef had been roasted, yet served it up anyway. The policeman returned with a couple of friends the next day to taste the ‘dipped’ sandwich and the French dip sandwich was born. The sandwich bar is still there and still serving these sandwich recipes nearly 90 years later.

Being French, Philippe would have called his sandwiches ‘au jus’, which is the same as ‘with juice’, but lots of Americans do not know this and ask for their French dip sandwiches ‘with au jus’. These days, the sauce is often specially prepared or concocted separately so that it is far more elaborate than merely the meat juices from the pan, but you can make it as complicated or as easy as you wish. 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 roast beef
4 servings French bread or long hard rolls, cut in half lengthwise

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

To make the sandwiches, arrange the beef on the bread. Serve every 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

Put 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 juices; pull apart with forks and keep warm. Strain broth; skim off fat. Pour juices 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 warm beef in juice. Drain beef from gravy and put on bottom half of warm bread. Put top on sandwich and slice. Put gravy into small bowls (one for each person). Dip sandwich in gravy to eat.

Serve with French fries and a salad.

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