Does it get any better than a French Dip Sandwich? Could this be the greatest sandwich of my life? And isn’t it just the best thing ever that you can actually make it at home?! I did just that in today’s video, with a quick and easy French Dip Sandwich recipe that gets this insane sandwich on the table in front of you in just a few hours.
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1.5kg Beef roasting joint
600ml Beef stock
Tin of French Onion soup
Cheese slices (I used Port Salut)
There are all sorts of different cuts of meat you could use for a French Dip sandwich, from the best piece of steak to a roasting joint of beef, which is what I used. Brush the whole joint with oil then season with pepper before whacking it into a hot pan to sear it and brown it on all sides.
Next, stick your seared beef into Betty the crock pot or a slow cooker along with some herbs – I winged it here with some sage, rosemary and thyme. On top of that, add the beef stock, the tin of French onion soup (which already has onions in, who knew?!), a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce and the beer. You could add more like mustard here to enhance it, but we’re saving ours till the end. If you happen to find some garlic paste on the side, whack that in too. And finally, roughly chop your onions in half or big wedges and dollop those in.
If you want to slow cook it, you absolutely can for like 8 hours. But honestly I just wanted mine immediately, like I could literally have drank the juice from this at this point, so I put my crock pot on high power for 4 hours. If you use an Instant Pot, it could be even quicker!
When the time is up, take your beef out and slice it up into fairly thick cuts. I like mine nice and chunky in my sandwich! Add those slices back into the juices in the crockpot for another hour on high heat to let the beef soak up all the saucy goodness, and let the jus that we’re going to dunk it develop that rich meaty flavour.
It’s finally time to build the French Dip sandwich now! Remove the onion wedges and beef slices from the liquid, then strain all the herbs and bits out so you’re left with pure jus.
Now slice the baguette down the middle and spread on some Dijon mustard. Layer in the beef and onions, then top with the slices of cheese and a sprinkle of parsley. Pop the sandwich into a warm oven now, just enough to let the cheese melt a little bit.
You’ve now got two options – or at least with my method you do, I may or may not have read it wrong! But option number one is to grab the sandwich then dunk the end and bite then repeat, dunk and bite, dunk and bite – we’re not worried about double dunkers here! Option number two, get the entire sandwich and totally submerge it in your jus. You may need a knife and fork for this option, but this is totally the one that Mrs B and I would recommend, it’s absolutely incredible with all the juices soaking into every part of the sandwich.
00:40 French Dip Drama
01:23 The Meat
06:54 The Jus
08:39 Building a French Dip Sandwich
10:06 The Dunk
11:38 The Submerge
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