Saturday, November 1, 2014

Roast Beef French Dip Sandwiches with Homemade Au Jus Sauce

French dip sandwiches are divine. The way the crusty french roll sops up the flavorful au jus is just a holy matrimony. My sister has the best crock pot french dip sandwich recipe using a chuck roast that I will have to share, but this is a quick and easy and absolutely delicious version using deli cut roast beef. And the homemade au jus (bless you. Ha! I crack myself up) is perfection.

2 tablespoons butter
1 onion, halved and sliced into thin half moons
2 garlic cloves, finely minced
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons A-1 steak sauce
1 pound deli roast beef, cut into 2-inch strips
Salt and pepper
4 (6-inch) french sub rolls, split partially open lengthwise
8 slices provolone cheese

Au jus sauce:
3 Tbs butter
1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups beef broth

Preheat the broiler in your oven and adjust a rack to the upper-middle position. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt the butter, Add the onion and cook until softened and golden, about 8 minutes. Stir in the garlic and oregano and cook for a minute, until it smells fragrant. Add the A-1 sauce and the beef, stirring well to coat the beef with the sauce and onion/butter mixture. Cook until the meat is heated through, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Place the sliced rolls on a rimmed baking sheet and broil for a few minutes until a lightly golden, add beef then top with the cheese and broil until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes. For aus jus, melt butter over medium-high heat, whisk in flour and cook whisking constantly until the mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Add beef broth, increase heat to high and bring mixture to a boil and constantly stir until it starts to thicken slightly. Season with salt and pepper and use to dip sandwiches.



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