As the weather cools down, I find myself craving hearty comfort food. You know, the kind that really hits the spot on a cool fall day. Well, as cool as it can get here in North Florida anyhow. Nothing says comfort like crisp bread covered in an herb butter and layered with delicious fresh sliced roast beef and melty cheese. Yum! This herb butter French dip sandwich recipe was a huge hit in my house last night. The boys literally cleared every crumb away and were begging me to make it again. Try it out in your home and be sure to let me know how it went!
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Begin by bringing your butter to room temperature. If you over soften it and it becomes a bit melted that is okay, but you do not want it melted completely.
3. Add 1 tablespoon of the Au Jus mix, 1 tsp of garlic and herb mix, 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce and ¾ tsp. Onion powder to the softened butter and mix thoroughly.
4. Lay down a layer of tin foil on the counter or a baking sheet.
5. Place the bread down on the tin foil and cut it into slices with a bread knife. The slices should be about ¾ of an inch wide, and on a loaf the same size as ours, there should be about 14 slices.
6. Use a small spatula or a butter knife to spread a ¼ of the herb butter in between the slices of bread.
7. Place one folded piece of roast beef and one half piece of provolone between every other piece of the bread. You want to create pull apart sandwiches in the end, which is why you only place the meat and cheese into every other slice.
9. Repeat the same process of steps 2-8 above with the other loaf of bread.
10. Once both loaves are securely wrapped, place them in the oven on a baking sheet for 10-15 minutes. You can check your loaf along the way, and leave it in a bit longer if you like. There is no right or wrong with this step, but you ideally want the cheese to be melted thoroughly and for their to be a good crisp to the crust.
Serve your herb french dip sandwiches with your favorite sides and a bit of the Au Jus gravy for dipping.