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Onion Beef au Jus Recipe

Onion Beef au Jus Recipe

Garlic, onions, soy sauce and onion soup mix flavor the tender beef in these savory hot sandwiches served with a tasty rich broth for dipping. The seasoned beef makes delicious cold sandwiches, too. -Marilyn Brown, West Union, Iowa
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 2-1/2 hours + standing YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 beef rump roast or bottom round roast (4 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 large sweet onions, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 5 cups water
  • 1/2 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon browning sauce, optional
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) French bread
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese


  • 1. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown roast on all sides in oil; drain. In a large skillet, saute onions in 2 tablespoons of butter until tender. Add the water, soy sauce, soup mix, garlic and, if desired, browning sauce. Pour over roast.
  • 2. Cover and bake at 325° for 2-1/2 hours or until meat is tender.
  • 3. Let meat stand for 10 minutes, then thinly slice. Return meat to pan juices. Split bread lengthwise; cut into 3-in. sections. Spread with remaining butter. Place on a baking sheet.
  • 4. Broil bread 4-6 in. from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Top with beef and onions; sprinkle with cheese. Broil for 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with pan juices. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 422 calories, 19g fat (8g saturated fat), 114mg cholesterol, 1179mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 38g protein.

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Daina User ID: 2388659 261138
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"Family favorite for years!! Awesome as written!"

sstetzel User ID: 158954 260897
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2017

"Hi Vonoepen,

I'm not sure ground beef would be appropriate for this recipe."

vonoepen User ID: 4967300 260846
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2017

"have not made this yet, what about also using ground beef and serving as appetizers?"

DebraLee2 User ID: 7600503 216679
Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"This was awesome. I skipped the browning on all sides in oil. I cooked the roast in a crock pot for 8 hours."

shecooksalot User ID: 5888460 129264
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2013

"This was a big hit with the family. It was super delicious and fairly easy. I made it exactly as written and everyone loved it. I served the roast on homemade French bread (from another Taste of Home recipe) and the sandwiches were amazing! Another bonus is that it makes a lot so you can have leftovers for lunch the next day!!"

jsgoldn User ID: 6355243 56005
Reviewed Feb. 5, 2013

"Very good!"

EileenP21 User ID: 6970879 46067
Reviewed Dec. 18, 2012

"Loved by a Dad and 4 boys"

Juls9463 User ID: 6937004 55122
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2012


pamboettcher User ID: 2369551 46066
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2012

"The best open faced beef sandwhich I've ever made. Great with both provolone or swiss cheese and several different types of bread or buns lightly toasted. Flavors are heavenly. :)"

deedubb User ID: 5845630 65077
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2012

"This recipe was a huge success. I had to improv somethings, but none the less, IT WAS FABULOUS. I didn't have onion soup mix, so I used vegetable soup mix. I didn't have browning sauce so I used liquid smoke. I didn't have french bread but I used sourdough hoagies. This recipe is like a cross between a philly cheese steak and french dip sandwich in one. Thanks for sharing."

amykid User ID: 2886179 55999
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"This was delicious! Highly recommend making this."

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 128425
Reviewed Dec. 11, 2011

"Awesome recipe! I made it with the 2 2-lb roasts I had on hand. Other than that, I made it as-is. Recipe made quite a bit, would recommend at least 2 loaves of french bread."

Bean Q User ID: 4900811 49135
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2011


sadiebabe User ID: 1504543 140702
Reviewed Jul. 25, 2011

"The best I've tried! My family loves it! I use just a little less than called for on the soy sauce."

drose42 User ID: 4774527 131364
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Forgot to say...I put sliced Provolone on top instead of Swiss cheese. First of all, it was just less messy and so much easier. It was 4 slices per side and 2nd-family isn't crazy about Swiss so don't have it on hand."

drose42 User ID: 4774527 49103
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2011

"Loved it! Made it exactly as it's written and my teen sons and husband loved it. I may add sauteed mushrooms with the onions next time-I think it would sort of be icing on the cake. This will be something that will go on my regualer list. Thanks TOH1"

tita_11 User ID: 4129640 65029
Reviewed Dec. 7, 2010

"My husband's favorite!"

tita_11 User ID: 4129640 131336
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2010

"A big hit at home and when I take this to friend's house!!! I never have sweet onions on hand, so I cheat and use the cut onions that come frozen. Delicious!"

rlwolf84 User ID: 4081875 55996
Reviewed Jun. 28, 2009

"This seriously is the absolute best recipe for a roast I have ever made or tried! My husband absolutely loves it and requests for it often! It is easy to prepare and has a short list of ingredients so it is budget friendly. This is sure to be a hit with everyone!"

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