A few days ago I prepared a prime rib dinner and had a fair amount of beef left over. I decided to make French Dip Sandwiches from the roast and boy was my husband pleased with my choice.
If you are not familiar with French Dip, it is basically a beef sandwich that is dipped into a thin bouillon like sauce called “Au Jus”. I had to pick up a few groceries and while I was at the store I found a packet of Lawry’s Au Jus Gravy Mix for only $1.35 and I bought it.
While I prepared the sandwiches, my husband made the Lawry’s Au Jus Gravy Mix, which was very easy. This comes in a 1 ounce packet that says “Flavor perfected since 1938”. It is called a gravy mix, but in my opinion this has a much thinner consistency than gravy.
To prepare, you whisk the mix with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for one minute. That is it! I made my sandwiches by layering thin slices of roast beef and provolone cheese on deli onion topped hoagie rolls. I then placed the sandwiches in my oven and broiled them for a few minutes, long enough to melt the cheese and warm up the beef (and lightly toast the rolls, yummy!).
To enjoy our meal I poured about half a cup of the Lawry’s Au Jus Gravy into a small bowl and we dipped our sandwiches into the hot Au Jus before taking each bite. These were amazing sandwiches, and Lawry’s really helped me pull of a restaurant quality Frech Dip Sandwich!
The package of Lawry’s Au Jus Gravy Mix also gives directions for how to make a French Onion Soup, adding three thinly sliced cooked onions to the packet, then simmering for 15 minutes. Other directions say to drizzle the hot Au Jus sauce over the sandwich and using the remaining sauce for dipping. I find this makes the sandwich too soggy, and we only dipped. It had an amazing flavor, but was rather salty (but we love salt). In fact, just one fourth of a cup of the Au Jus sauce contains 370 mg of sodium. It also has 10 calories, 2 grams of carbs, and less than 1 gram of sugar.
Looking at the ingredients, the flavors that stand out to me are onion powder, natural beef and pork flavor, and molasses powder. The picture on the front of the packet reveals a clear gravy, but it looks thicker than our prepared version was.
I had a hard time finding an Au Jus sauce mix, and eventually found it near the top shelf of the section of the store that sells gravy mixes, enchilada mixes, spaghetti mixes, etc. I almost gave up, but then I spied it, so if you are looking for a good Au Jus mix, check out Lawry’s Au Jus Gravy Mix.