Around here we’re really fond of the traditional “French Dip” sandwich. Most good diners have one on the menu. The French Dip is easy to find when diners are open, quarantine is not in force and social distancing isn’t a thing. So…we haven’t had a good French Dip sandwich for more than a year.
This week I did a little experimenting in the kitchen. We’ve had a real French Dip sandwich, for two, at home this evening. Win. Win! Here’s how it’s done:
The most important ingredient, of course, is the thin sliced roast beef. We found a great product in the deli department of our local grocery store. After verifying the quality with a lunch time sandwich, we decided the deli beef would work for a real French Dip.
The next ingredient is an excellent roll. We found a super hoagie in the bakery of the same local grocery.
That’s the sandwich fixings, but in order to make it a “dip” a really superior sauce is necessary. And that’s so not canned beef broth. That requires a bit of cooking.
1 1/2 cups low salt chicken broth
2 Tbls. butter
1 scallion, thinly sliced
3 button mushrooms, sliced
1 Tbls. “Better Than Bouillon” roasted beef base [TM]
Melt the butter and sauté the scallion and mushroom until lightly browned. Add the broth and bouillon and simmer until reduced by 1/3. Taste for seasoning and adjust to individual preferences.
Split the rolls in half lengthwise. Butter both halves and grill until lightly toasted. Quickly warm sliced beef, turning in about 30 seconds on the hot grill pan. Pile sliced beef on warm rolls, add cheese if that’s your thing, and serve with hot dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Fries
Using the air fryer and fresh, scrubbed, russet potatoes, cut into thin strips (we use one medium potato for each of us). Cut both ends off of the potatoes and leaving the skins on, cut them into French Fry sized strips. Don’t wash the cut strips, leave them dry.
Spread in an even layer on the air fryer tray. Set the temp to 400 degrees F. and the timer to 12 minutes. When the timer runs out, turn the strips out into a large bowl with a 1/2 Tbls. oil in the bottom. Toss the hot fries in the oil, return them, in an even layer to the air fryer tray and salt to taste. Set the temp to 400 degrees F. and the timer to 12 minutes. The fries come out crispy on the outside and tender in the center. They go great with the French Dip above, or the perfect Hamburger HERE.
Hope you’ll let me know how this 4 Real French Dip for Two works out in your kitchen.