These Fast Easy 30 Minute French Dip with Au Jus Sandwiches Make a Great Dinner Solution for a Long Stressful Day
Never heard of French Dip with au jus sandwiches? Don’t worry you’re not alone! My first intro to these sandwiches came many years ago when my mother and I stopped at an undisclosed drive thru for a bite to eat (okay it was Arby’s) and mom ordered ‘french dip’ sandwiches for the both of us. I learned two lessons that day; eating a roast beef sandwich dipped in beef broth is amazing, and never eat French Dip with hot Au Jus in a moving car. Sloshing hot broth onto your lap isn’t fun!
So what’s the real story behind these sandwiches? They were developed by Philippe the Original at his little sandwich shop in Los Angeles in 1918. Yes, like so many other ‘ethnic foods’ Americans enjoy (Pizza, Hamburgers, fortune cookies, etc.) it was in fact invented right here in the good ‘ol U.S. of A. Apparently he was preparing a roast beef sandwich and accidentally dropped it into a roasting pan full of drippings, and the resulting sandwich tasted so good he started serving them all the time. You go Phil!
Philippe did happen to be a real frenchman, and so named the sandwich the ‘French dip with au jus‘. Au jus simply translates to “with juice” (juices from the roast made into a broth).
30 Minute French Dip with Au Jus Recipe
In this recipe for 30 Minute French Dip with Au Jus sandwiches, we skip the long hours of roasting the beef ourselves and cook up a fast, delicious broth that is a fantastic stand-in for the real thing. You’ll boil some beef bullion cubes in water and add a dash of soy sauce and dried onion soup mix. (Gotta love that Lipton onion soup mix, it works miracles I tell you…)
Look for French sandwich rolls or something similar when making these sandwiches. They are light, fluffy, and perfect for soaking up all that tasty au jus so you get a mouthful of juicy beef in every bite!
Once we have boiled our broth for about 10 minutes, turn the heat to low and add in all your shaved/sliced roast beef to warm the meat and mingle flavors.
Pick up the meat with tongs, letting it drip a bit over the pot, and load up buttered and toasted rolls with roast beef.
Cut or tear a slice of provolone cheese (or Monterey Jack or Swiss) in half and lay it over the meat. A quick trip under the broiler to melt it and you’re ready to serve that sandwich with a little personal cup of au jus.
These sandwiches are so savory-delicious and easy I bet you’ll add them into your regular rotation of weeknight dinners. I hope you love them as much as I do, and as always, please consider subscribing to The Goldilocks Kitchen for more great recipes and leave a rating and review down in the comments below. Thanks!
30 Minute French Dip with Au Jus Sandwiches
Yield 6 sandwiches
These 30 Minute French Dip with Au Jus Sandwiches are incredibly delicious, savory, fast and easy thanks to a few store bought ingredients and your oven broiler. These roast beef sandwiches make a great main course for a family weeknight dinner or weekend entertaining.
- 2 cups water
- 2 beef bullion cubes
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 package of Lipton dry onion soup mix (about 2 tablespoons)
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 French rolls (usually one bag)
- 2 (7-oz) packages of shaved roast beef (or 14 ounces from the deli counter)
- 6 slices of Provolone cheese
- Place the water, bullion cubes, soy sauce and dry onion soup mix in a saucepan and set over high heat. Set an oven rack to the highest position and turn the broiler on low. When the au jus broth comes to a boil, turn the heat down to medium high and boil uncovered for 10 minutes.
- While the au jus is boiling, place french rolls on a rimmed baking sheet and lightly spread butter on both the inside halves, leaving the sandwich rolls open. Place under the broiler to lightly toast for just a minute or two, rotating and moving the pan to help the bread toast evenly. Remove from under the broiler and set aside.
- When the au jus has boiled for 10 minutes, turn the heat down to low. Place all the sliced roast beef into the saucepan and let it warm in the broth for a minute. Hold a few slices of beef above the pot with tongs for a few seconds to let excess au jus drip back into the saucepan, then place roast beef onto one side of each toasted sandwich. Repeat with remaining sandwiches until all the beef is used.
- Divide each slice of provolone cheese in half and place two halves over the beef on each sandwich. Place sandwiches under the broiler again, rotating and moving the baking sheet to melt the cheese evenly for each sandwich. When cheese is melted and gooey, remove sandwiches from oven and close the top bun over the cheese. Pour au jus into individual containers (about 1/4 cup each) and serve with sandwiches.
Serving Size 1 sandwich
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 2.9 g
Saturated Fat 11.6 g
Cholesterol 99 mg
Sodium 984 mg
Total Carbohydrates 20.8 g
Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
Sugars 0.5 g
Protein 32.6 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.