French Dip Sandwiches

I recently made a yummy pot roast sandwich. As soon as we finished off all of the pot roast I was already jonesin’ for more. Instead of making the same thing again, I made French dip sandwiches, also adding a creamy horseradish sauce and caramelized onions. The result was over-the-top good. Super tender meat with great beefy flavor, wonderful onions, and a horseradish kick to boot.

French Dip SandwichesI used to make more ‘normal’ French dip sandwiches. You know, thin sliced beef with an au jus for dipping. Good stuff. But now I’m addicted to shredded beef dip sandwiches with a wonderful horseradish sauce and caramelized onions. I got the inspiration from my pot roast sandwich, which is actually my take on the same sandwich from the Hobnob Corner Restaurant in Nashville, Indiana.

Also try my French dip crescents.

French Dip Sandwiches

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 8
Author Mike


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 3-4 pound beef eye of round fat trimmed
  • 2 10.5 ounce cans beef broth
  • 2 10.5 ounce cans condensed French Onion soup
  • 1 12 ounce bottle beer
  • 1 large Italian bread loaf or good sandwich buns
  • Sliced cheese Provolone, Swiss or Fontina work well
  • Caramelized onions see below
  • Creamy horseradish sauce

Caramelized onions

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 3 small sweet onions sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat.
  • Add the beef and brown on all sides.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add broth, soup, and beer.
  • Simmer for 7-8 hours, turning occasionally, until meat is falling apart and tender.
  • Remove meat and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing or chopping. Place chopped meat into a separate pot. Add a few ladlefuls of the broth sauce. Keep warm.
  • Warm the bread.
  • Slather both sides of the bread with the horseradish sauce. Add meat and cheese. Top with the onions.
  • Serve with a bowl of strained broth for dipping.

Caramelized onions

  • Heat oil and butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the onions and cook until they start to brown.
  • Reduce heat and continue to cook the onions until they are golden brown and caramelized, 10-15 minutes.

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