Despite the name, a French Dip sandwich is not French. It is a California creation, and two restaurants claim to be its inventor. I have eaten a famed French Dip at one of the two, Philippe’s in Los Angeles. It was fantastic, although I didn’t get to do any of the”dipping” because the buns are already doused in the au jus prior to being served. A phenomenal sandwich, for sure. If I can’t be in L.A. for Spring Break this week, I suppose I will just enjoy myself here in Michigan with a French Dip or two in my hand.
Making a French Dip at home is not particularly complicated. Making a delicious au jus that does not use random store-bought soup or seasoning packets and is also not bland and boring was another story. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. It’s not difficult at all, and is the best au just we’ve ever had. In this recipe I am sharing how to make French Dip Sandwiches with Au Jus from scratch (except for the French Bread…that is for another day). You could absolutely just make the Au Jus and then buy sliced good-quality Roast Beef if you would like.