Probably why they are an American thing not a French. I read that French Dips originated in Los Angeles . There are two restaurants that claim they were the birth place of the first French Dip. Theory is that they are named French Dip after the style of bread they were originally served on. Now that would not always be the case. French Dips can and have been served on a variety of breads, buns and even tortillas and fry bread! So lets get down to business and I will walk you through how I made my French Dip. As I’ve said time and time again, it is hard to put down a firm recipe, I’m that person that takes and idea and twists it to fit what I want. I’ve been pretty successful over time, but don’t try my French (I’m not sure if that is French either) Onion soup.
I begin my sandwich with making sure I have wonderful flavored beef to go in it. I’ve used most any beef roast but this is my way. I take a partially frozen roast and put it through our meat slicer so I have very thin slices of beef.
I place the thinly (and I mean thin!!!!!) sliced beef into my crockpot. The crock pot was originally developed by the Naxon Utilities Company of Chicago as a way to make a bean meal. It was inspired by Naxon’s Lithuanian Grandmother, since than it has become a huge staple in American cooking. Making life a little easier on busy families! Added to the meat is sliced onion.
Now we need to marinate our beef and onions before we turn on the crock pot. I open a beer, I’m not picky on the beer, usually it is whatever is left in the fridge and one I think the beer drinkers in my family are not coveting.
You will notice a silver thingy on my beer. I don’t know what it is called, it is a gadget I discovered this summer. It is slicker than ice under a pair of crocks in removing the beer cap!
I pour the beer into a measuring glass and to it I add one package of dry onion soup mix, heaping spoonful of minced garlic, 2 Tbsp of Worcestershire and 2 Tbsp of Au Jus Mix wisk and pour over the onions and beef.
Because I was forward thinking, a very rare statement in my life, I actually was able to let this stuff sit in the refrigerator over night!!! (That rarely happens but if you can marinate it for a while it is that much more flavorful!) The next morning (later than early, it doesn’t take hours for beef to cook unless you like yours well done and we prefer our cow to still mooo) Fun fact…Cows moo when they are scared or sense that something is wrong. I suppose they probably Moo a lot when I’m around since they know how much I love beef for dinner!
OK so now that the meat is done shall we assemble the sandwich. I chose to use the slider recipe without the slider buns. I used Ciabatta buns on this particular day but I’ve used sweet Hawaiian slider buns as well as French bread etc. First step is to butter your 13 x 9 inch pan. I than place 6 bun bottoms in the pan and top with cheese. You can use any kind of cheese, though I think white cheeses are the more popular. I used Havarti and Pepper Jack cheese this particular day. First one slice of cheese than top with meat and onions and add another slice of cheese before topping with the top bun!
So what makes this particular French dip so good is adding extra yum to the top of the bun!!! You need to melt one half cup of BUTTER (not the substitutes SAY NO TO THE SUBS …they are sub par!!! means they don’t make it rock!) add to this 1 tbsp. of au jus seasoning, 1 tbsp. of Worcestershire sauce, 1 tsp of onion salt, 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of seasoning salt (I prefer Lawrys) and 2 tsp of sesame seeds. Mix well and slather that goodness ALL OVER YOUR BUNS!!!!
At this point we are ready for the oven. I baked my French Dips at 350 for about 30 minutes. Make sure you have saved the meat marinade to dip your Dip into. You may want to strain some of the grease if it is excessive.
There is never a season to have a French Dip sandwich, every season is French Dip season!!! Heat and Eat or next day cold. YUM YUM!!!