Tuesday, November 23, 2010

French Dip Sandwiches

Thanksgiving is on Thursday.  That means there are only TWO DAYS left until the big event.  Oh.  My.  Goodness.

Now, I don't know about you, but my Turkey Day timetable has me brining the turkey and preparing stuffing components the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  This rigorous schedule doesn't leave much time to prepare today's hot dinner.   On nights like this, I turn to a simple family favorite, French Dip Sandwiches.

I admit, this isn't the fanciest dinner.  I certainly did not roast the beef.  And the dip part is from an envelope.  But it is gooood.  And warm.  And it will give you the energy you need to get that Thanksgiving feast on the table.

So, take a few minutes away from your holiday prep (or your errands, homework help, cleaning, whatever), and throw together this super-speedy hot dinner.  Your family will thank you.

French Dip Sandwiches
Serves: 4

4 crusty rolls, sliced in half
3/4 pound thinly sliced roast beef from the deli
4 slices cheese (The husband loves havarti in these sandwiches.)
2 envelopes Au Jus mix (We like lots of "dip" at our house.  You might be able to get away with one envelope.)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Evenly divide roast beef and cheese between the rolls.  Wrap each sandwich with aluminum foil, and bake for 10-15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the sandwich is warmed through.  

Meanwhile, prepare the au jus according to package directions.  Serve the sandwiches with au jus in a little bowl for each person so everyone can dip to their heart's content.


  1. Erin, I do something very similar but as philly steak sandwiches instead of the french dip. Rolls, roast beef from deli, slice of provolone (or your choice of cheese) on each sandwich, topped with sauteed green peppers, onions, and mushrooms (or a combo of those that you like). Wrap in foil and bake at 350 for 15 minutes. Easy and delicious! I'll be trying your version soon! :)

  2. Oh, man, does that sound good! Thanks for the tip, Sara!

  3. YUMMY! Erin, this is in our lunch rotation. Love how super easy it is! I need more recipes that are like this is.....few ingredients and few minutes of preparation. LOVE it!