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The Ultimate French Dip Recipe: Worth Waiting For The Ultimate French Dip Recipe: Worth Waiting For


The Ultimate French Dip Recipe: Worth Waiting For

Written by: Emily Smith

This French dip recipe is my go-to comfort food. Slow-cooked beef, melted provolone on toasted rolls, and that savory dipping sauce - it's a hearty, delicious meal that never fails to impress.

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I'm sharing my go-to when cravings hit for a hearty, succulent sandwich. It's a French dip recipe, an all-time favorite. Imagine tender beef chuck roast, slow cooked with an orchestra of flavors seeping in; the earthy thyme, pungent garlic, and tangy Dijon mustard. Toasted French roll, melty provolone...oh, and don't forget the au jus leftovers for dipping. Irresistible! Stick around and I'll break down how you can make this culinary delight right in your kitchen. Trust me, you won't want to miss out on this one!

Ingredients for the Best French Dip Sandwiches

  • Beef chuck roast: Tender and flavorful meat that is the star of the sandwich, providing a hearty and satisfying base.
  • Onion: Adds sweetness and depth of flavor to the beef, enhancing the overall taste of the French dip.
  • Garlic: Infuses the beef with a rich aroma and savory taste, elevating the overall flavor profile of the dish.
  • Beef broth: Provides a rich and savory base for cooking the beef, adding depth and complexity to the au jus.
  • Soy sauce: Adds umami richness and depth of flavor to the beef, enhancing the savory profile of the French dip.
  • Worcestershire sauce: Contributes a tangy and savory flavor to the beef, complementing the richness of the meat.
  • Dijon mustard: Adds a tangy kick and depth of flavor to the au jus, balancing the richness of the beef.
  • Thyme: Infuses the beef with a subtle earthy and herby flavor, enhancing the overall taste of the French dip.
  • French rolls: Provide a sturdy and crusty base for the sandwich, perfect for soaking up the flavorful au jus.
  • Provolone cheese: Melts beautifully over the beef, adding a creamy and slightly tangy element to the French dip.

Essential Tools for Making French Dip Sandwiches

  • Slow cooker: Essential for cooking the beef chuck roast low and slow until it becomes tender and easy to shred.
  • Baking sheet: Used to toast the French rolls in the oven until they are lightly golden and ready for sandwich assembly.
  • Fork: Necessary for shredding the cooked beef chuck roast into bite-sized pieces for the French dip sandwiches.
  • Broiler: Helps melt the provolone cheese on top of the assembled French dip sandwiches for a gooey and delicious finish.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 4 hours

Total time: 4 hours 15 minutes


  • 3 lbs beef chuck roast
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 French rolls
  • 8 slices provolone cheese


  1. Place beef chuck roast in a slow cooker.
  2. Add onion, garlic, beef broth, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, thyme, salt, and pepper.
  3. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours until beef is tender.
  4. Remove beef from slow cooker and shred with two forks.
  5. Strain the cooking liquid and use it for dipping sauce.
  6. Preheat oven to broil.
  7. Slice French rolls in half and place on a baking sheet.
  8. Toast the rolls in the oven until lightly golden.
  9. Pile shredded beef on the bottom half of each roll and top with provolone cheese.
  10. Place under the broiler until cheese is melted.
  11. Serve the sandwiches with the cooking liquid for dipping.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 650 kcal | Carbohydrates: 35 g | Protein: 55 g | Total Fat: 32 g | Saturated Fat: 15 g | Trans Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 150 mg | Sodium: 1200 mg | Dietary Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 5 g | Calcium: 400 mg | Potassium: 900 mg | Iron: 5 mg | Vitamin A: 200 µg | Vitamin C: 10 mg

Preparing French Dip Sandwiches in Advance

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the beef according to the recipe instructions.
  • Allow the beef and cooking liquid to cool completely.
  • Store the shredded beef in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Store the cooking liquid separately in the refrigerator.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cool the beef and cooking liquid completely.
  • Place the shredded beef in a freezer-safe container or bag, removing as much air as possible.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Reheat the beef and cooking liquid on the stovetop or in the microwave before assembling the sandwiches.

One unique tip for this ultimate french dip recipe is to add a splash of red wine to the cooking liquid for an extra depth of flavor. It enhances the richness of the au jus sauce and elevates the overall taste of the sandwich.

Common Questions About Making French Dip Sandwiches

Can I use a different cut of beef for this recipe?
Yes, you can use other cuts like sirloin or rump roast, but chuck roast works best for its tenderness when slow-cooked.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian?
You can substitute the beef with portobello mushrooms or seitan for a meatless version of this French dip sandwich.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
Absolutely! You can cook the beef in advance and store it in the fridge for a few days. Just reheat it when you're ready to assemble the sandwiches.
What can I serve with this French dip sandwich?
A side of au jus for dipping, coleslaw, pickles, or a simple green salad would complement this dish nicely.
Can I freeze the cooked beef for later use?
Yes, you can freeze the cooked beef in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Just thaw and reheat when you're ready to enjoy it again.

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