French Dip au Jus Recipe
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French Dip au Jus Recipe

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I created this because so many French dip recipes seem bland or rely on a mix. The sandwich is simple to make and tastes better than a restaurant version. —Lindsay Ebert, Orem, Utah
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 8 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1-1/2 teaspoons beef base
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 beef rump roast or bottom round roast (3 pounds), cut in half
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 loaves French bread (1 pound each), split and toasted
  • 12 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained

Nutritional Facts

1 slice with 1 cup juices: 694 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 125mg cholesterol, 1906mg sodium, 69g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 59g protein.


  1. Combine beef base and thyme; rub over roast and place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Combine the onion, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaf and pepper; pour over roast. Add water.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8-9 hours or until meat is tender. Remove roast to a cutting board; cool slightly. Strain cooking juices, reserving onion; skim fat from juices. Discard bay leaf. Thinly slice meat.
  3. To assemble sandwiches, spread mustard over bread. Top each bottom with three slices cheese; layer with beef, remaining cheese, mushrooms and reserved onion. Replace tops. Cut each loaf into four slices; serve with reserved juices. Yield: 8 servings.
Editor's Note: Look for beef base near the broth and bouillon.
Originally published as French Dip au Jus in Simple & Delicious August/September 2010, p19

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danielleylee User ID: 4484886 223346
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"Too easy not to try! Looking to reduce sodium in this recipe try using Kitchen basics very low sodium broth vs the base and decrease some of the water. Make sure to use crusty bread for the sandwich and it does pair well with swiss cheese."

Debra47909 User ID: 6703570 188780
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2014

"For pete's sake, people. If you're that worried about sodium use low-sodium beef base, and in general increase the amount of potassium in your diet to balance out sodium intake..."

meggie08 User ID: 5932545 174708
Reviewed Sep. 2, 2011

"My boyfriend and I absolutely loved this recipe! The only bad part was I had my wisdom teeth taken put yesterday so it was a little hard to eat.. But very juicy and tender meat! We used Hoagie rolls instead.. Delicious :)"

seattlemom41 User ID: 5801882 211869
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"If you make this with reduced-sodium beef base (found it on amazon) and low-sodium soy sauce you can save almost 600 mg. of sodium."

hashas User ID: 6038600 112306
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2011

"Good Lord!!Look at the amount of sodium in one sandqitch...I don't care how good it is-it is certainly not healthy and really bad for anyone with high blood pressure."

Honeybez User ID: 45626 191900
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"This is the only way I will ever make French Dips again, it's awesome. Thank you~"

dmtjane User ID: 4701528 130224
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

"This recipe sounds absolutely delicious -- but 2200 mg of sodium???? That's more than an entire day's worth."

aj2tall User ID: 4207427 190815
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"My husband and I both agree, this is by far the best french dip we have ever eaten!!"

mvanmaan User ID: 2367246 190814
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

"very easy and delicious. A big hit with my entire family"

jgulia99 User ID: 3156731 110011
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"My family LOVED this. My husband took leftovers for lunch the next day and even commeneted on how good it was reheated. I used fresh mushrooms instead of canned."

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