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French Dip au Jus Recipe

French Dip au Jus Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

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

Reviews for French Dip au Jus

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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."

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..."

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 :)"

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."

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."

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

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

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2011

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

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

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

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2010

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

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."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"Excellant, flavor was awesome and juice was very tasty"

Reviewed Aug. 15, 2010

"This was FANTASTIC! I made it with a skinless turkey breast & substituted chicken base. The sauce was so fantastic that I saved it & made a wonderful turkey vegetable soup with the leftovers! Will DEFINITELY make again!!"

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