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Maybe you grew up eating Ribeye French Dip Sandwiches or maybe you want to make your first one. Either way, you’ll need an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow recipe. We have just that! The main secret to creating a moist Ribeye sandwich is the au jus. It traps the flavor in and keeps the bread and meat from drying out.
Whether you’re new to the sandwich or just looking for a new recipe, this one is easy to replicate. You only need a few ingredients and most of the seasonings are ones you probably already have in your cabinet.
The Best Ribeye French Dip Sandwich You’ll Ever Taste
These sandwiches are rich and delicious and are a dinner treat for any time of the year. They have all the textures- salty, chewy, juicy, and crunchy. Plus, people love the toasted bread with the meat and sauces. The Au Jus also makes this sandwich super popular because people love to have a good dipping sauce.
With the melted provolone, the sandwich also gets a creamy texture as well.
I have to be honest with you – this recipe is NOT a traditional french dip sandwich (which uses sliced roast beef), so if that’s what you came for, you’re in the wrong place. This recipe is for all of you steak lovers out there who are looking for a twist on a traditional french dip or a tasty steak sandwich!
What is a French Dip Sandwich?
If you’ve never made a Ribeye French Dip Sandwich, you might be wondering exactly what it is and what you’re making. First of all, like French Fries, they aren’t French at all. However, the sandwich is usually served on French bread and au jus is definitely French. Hence, the reason people decided to include French in the name.
A French Dip sandwich has roast beef on toasted French bread. Most people also include some kind of melted cheese on the sandwich. The Au Just is not poured directly on the sandwich but is used as a dipping sauce.
Ribeye steaks are the most popular form of meat used for the sandwich. When cooked correctly, Ribeye meat will melt in your mouth and give you a perfect sandwich to serve to your family and at parties.
Some people choose to use roast beef or other packaged meat rather than Ribeye steaks, but this will take away from the flavor. Ribeye steaks to make the cooking time and cost slightly more, but it’s worth it.
What About Au Jus?
Au jus is easy to make and can be prepped while your steak is grilling. It’s almost like a thin gravy that greatly enhances the flavor and the experience of the sandwich. Its base is usually soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Some people like to add a little sugar to cut the acidity as well as some garlic and other vegetables.
The flavors naturally mix together in just a few minutes to bring you an incredible sandwich. Make sure the sauce is not too watery and has a nice thick texture to ensure easy dipping.
Everyone loves bread and choosing the best bread can make or break this sandwich. Most people like to toast the bread to ensure it’s crunchy and not too chewy. This will add another texture to the sandwich.
Not toasting the bread can make the sandwich too soft or too chewy. When you place the meat on it, it might start falling apart and make a huge mess. The best choices for breads are baguettes and hoagies.
What to Serve with French Dip Sandwiches?
Honestly, the Ribeye French Dip Sandwich is extremely filling and can be served all by itself. However, if you have hungry kids are feeding people at an event, extra side dishes are always a great idea.
French fries or wedges are a great addition. If you want a healthier option, try adding a side salad or some vegetables.
How Long Does French Dip Last?
If you place the sandwich in an airtight container, it can stay in the fridge for 3-4 days. The au jus can last a few days longer thanks to the garlic and soy sauce, but make sure it’s eaten promptly.
Are French Dip Sandwiches Healthy?
Thanks to the meat and bread, the sandwich has very high protein levels and daily needs for carbohydrates. It also has a high percentage of unsaturated fat which has many added health benefits. The only problem with the sandwich is the high sodium levels.
If you are worried about your sodium levels, pair the sandwich with side dishes that are low in sodium, or don’t eat the entire sandwich in one seating. French Dip sandwiches are also very low in sugar.
- You only need to grill the Ribeye sandwiches for a few minutes on each side. So, you should gather your ingredients at the beginning before you begin grilling.
- Wait to toast the bread at the very end because it can be hard if left out for too long.
- Let the steaks rest before slicing and slice as thin as possible.
- You can also wait to make the au just while the steaks are resting (here’s why you rest steaks).
- Serve the au just in a separate bowl or small container so that it doesn’t make the bread soggy or too wet.
- Set the Ribeye out at room temperature before you get started. Don’t leave them out for too long though. About 15 minutes or so is usually enough.
- Use a sharp knife! It will help immensely to get the thinnest possible ribeye slices on your sandwich.
Ribeye French Dip Sandwich
- 1 boneless ribeye approx. 16 oz
- 1/2 cup beef stock (or broth)
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 4 baguettes, or rolls approx. 8 inches long
- 1/2 cup horseradish sauce
- ground black pepper
- kosher salt
- 4 slices provolone cheese
Au Jus Ingredients
- 3/4 cup French onion soup
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 1/4 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/3 cup cold water
- Season beef generously with salt and pepper. Set out of the fridge for about 30 minutes so it can get to room temperature, if possible
- Preheat grill to 375ºF
- After grill grate is hot, place steak on grill and sear for about 5 minutes per side, cooking until medium rare. If you have a probe thermometer, remove steak once the center reaches an internal temperature of 130ºF
- Let steak rest for 10 minutes then slice as thin as possible, a very sharp knife helps
- In a saucepan, combine french onion soup, beef broth, sugar, Worcestershire, salt, and water. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat
- After Au Jus mixture has been brought to a boil, reduce heat to simmer. After 8 minutes, taste sauce and season with salt and pepper to taste
- Spread horseradish sauce on the bottom side of each roll or hoagie. Dip steak slices in the warm Au Jus and then place slices on the bottom of the hoagie on top of the horseradish
- Place provolone cheese slices on top of the steak slices. Season to taste with salt and pepper
- Transfer remaining Au Jus to dipping bowls and serve alongside sandwiches. Enjoy!
Ribeye French Dip sandwiches are a traditional sandwich that is great for lunch or dinner. The amazing textures, meat, and bread all make it a fantastic meal to eat during any season. The au jus also adds that extra touch for a great dipping sauce. Make this sandwich for your next get-together and enjoy!