The Freshman Cook: French Dip with a Side of Fries!

I love French Dips. I don’t know why I don’t make them more often. They are simple, easy, and only a little time consuming. But well worth it. When making this French Dip I chose a really good cut of meat. Because there is nothing going on the sandwich, other than the meat, the meat becomes the most important aspect of the food. I bought Prime Top Sirloin from the grocery. It melts in your mouth. It has a higher cost than choice graded meats, but well worth it. I bought the meat at Costco. They always have a nice selection of prime graded meats at a decent price. I picked up really fresh rolls from the bakery in the grocery store. Yum!!

French Dips w/Oven Baked French Fries

Prime Top Sirloin

1 Roll per Sandwich

Beef Base See how, in the picture of the meat, it looks slightly frozen? I did that on purpose. This beef will slice much better on the slicer if it is frozen some. Not all the way, just for about 2 hours before you are going to cut it. This makes it is so much easier to slice thin on the slicer, or slice thin with a knife. The fries take about 35-40 minutes to bake, so we will put those in the oven first. Wash your potato. Set your oven at 350 degrees. Slice your potato in quarters.
Start slicing the quarters into slices like in the pic. Place on a sprayed baking sheet or use parchment paper. Sprinkle the fries with garlic powder and light salt. Bake. About half way through the baking, turn each wedge over so the other side can bake easier.  Lets make your au jus. I used a beef base to make the au jus. I needed to boil 1 cup of water. Once the water boils, add 1 tablespoon of beef base. Turn heat to simmer for about 5-10 minutes. It’s done.  I cut all of the meat on a slicer. If you don’t have a slicer, you can use a knife, just be sure to cut the meat thin. In your frying pan, melt a pat of butter. Once the butter is melted turn up the temp to medium high.
Put your meat in and cook quickly. It tastes better if cooked quick and on high.    Slice your yummy, fresh roll.
Fill with your cooked sirloin.
Pour enough au jus in a dish so you can dip your dip! Take your french fries from the oven and….. Enjoy! Thanks for joining The Freshman Cook! Next up~ Cranberry Pumpkin Bread Pudding!

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