French Dip Sandwich

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French Dip Sandwich
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I have a lot to be thankful for everyday, and at the very top of my list is my mom. In my 31 years of life she’s taught me too many things to count, but the thing I find myself marveling at most is her incredible ability to open her home and serve others with selfless abandon. If it weren’t for her example, I have no doubt I wouldn’t have the passion for hosting and homemaking that I do. Needless to say, Mother’s Day is a big deal in my family because we have one truly incredible matriarch to celebrate.

The au jus is a critical part of making this sandwich magic...

French Dip Sandwich

A few years back, after realizing that every Mother’s Day we were ending up at a random restaurant fighting the crowds, or worse, allowing my mom to cook for us in the name of “being together,” my sisters and I decided to take the reigns and surprise my mom with a lunch in her favorite place (her garden), of all her favorite things. Iced tea, coconut shrimp, spinach salad, and key lime pie were on the menu, but the dish that cut straight to my mom’s heart was the French dip sandwich. It truly was a showstopper, and I’m so excited to be sharing the recipe for it with you today.  

Get some good, crusty bread, thinly sliced red meat, gruyere or swiss cheese, melt it all happily together and’re ready for dipping into some luscious au jus broth. The au jus is a critical part of making this sandwich magic, but there are a lot of interesting ingredients found in those packets of pre made french dip broth from the grocery store. So instead, I’ve crafted what I think is an even better version (free of all the additives and crazy sodium levels) in my new special edition Le Creuset dutch oven.

French Dip Sandwich

The Sakura Collection from Le Creuset celebrates the brand’s 25th anniversary in Japan, and features the Japanese symbol for Spring, the cherry blossom. The design is delicately juxtaposed against a soft white and gold rimmed oven that transfers beautifully from the stove to an elegantly set table. When we prepared this dish for my mom she loved every bite, but even more so she loved the effort we put into making everything beautiful. One of the examples my mom has always set when hosting is that attention to detail matters, so when we set the table for her Mother’s Day lunch, we were sure to include some extra feminine touches. The soft blush hues found on the blossoms of the Sakura dutch oven, along with fresh blooms, and delicate glassware lay the foundation for a lovely tablescape perfect for honoring mom. I’ve found that sometimes, all you need to do to show how much you truly love and appreciate someone is to show them you notice the little things. This week, in honor of moms everywhere who deserve to be spoiled with some of their favorite things, we are giving away one gorgeous 5.5 qt Le Creuset special edition Sakura Dutch oven.

You can enter to with The Sakura Collection Dutch Oven here.

This sponsored post is written by TMP on behalf of Le Creuset. The opinions and text are all ours. Thank you for supporting the brands we love.

French Dip Sandwich

Serves 6

Au Jus

4 cups beef stock
1/4 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp sea salt
1 tsp sherry
1 tbsp Worcestershire
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder


1.5 lb skirt or flank steak
6 6" french baguettes
6 tbsp butter
2 tsp garlic granules
2 cups gruyere or Swiss cheese, grated
parsley for garnish


  1. Salt and pepper steak and cook on a grill or in a cast iron skillet until medium rare. Slice into thin strips against the grain and set aside.
  2. In a 3 or 5.5qt dutch oven add all ingredients for the French dip broth. Whisk vigorously and bring to a low simmer.
  3. On each of the 6 baguettes, butter the inside of the bread and sprinkle with garlic. Quickly dip the steak strips into the broth, divide by 6 and arrange on each baguette. Sprinkle ⅓ cup gruyere on each sandwich and arrange them on a large baking sheet.
  4. Place the baking sheet under the broiler on medium heat until cheese begins to melt. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parsley.
  5. In small cocottes or ramekins ladle ¾ cup serving of au jus into each container. Serve au jus with the warm sandwich and enjoy!