French Dip with Au Jus Freezer Meal Recipe

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Our French Dip is a labor of love, slow-cooked to perfection and now available for you to enjoy whenever you please with a mouthwatering Au Jus dip. Whether you're a mom, dad, or a culinary explorer this recipe is your culinary lifesaver.
Gluten Free

Hello, dear friends and fellow foodie parents! Are you in search of a culinary superhero that can rescue you from the chaos of busy weeknights? Allow me to introduce you to the magic of our French Dip with Au Jus Freezer Meal!

Imagine savoring tender, thinly sliced roast beef cradled in a soft French baguette, then dipping each mouthwatering bite into a flavorful au jus sauce. It’s a taste sensation that’s both indulgent and oh-so-easy, making it a fantastic addition to your collection of make-ahead meals.

As a mom who’s been there, I know how precious time can be. From the busy school nights, chauffeuring around the state, to those days of being a counselor because the kids cannot seem to get along, your time and mental strength sometimes are just worn thin.

That’s why I’m excited to share this freezer-friendly French Dip recipe. It’s your ticket to a homemade, hearty dinner without the hassle, perfect for those nights when you need a break from the kitchen.

In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the simple steps of preparing these delightful sandwiches, and even suggest creative ways to serve this family-friendly favorite. Let’s take dinnertime stress off your plate, one delicious French Dip at a time!

Why you’ll Love this Make-Ahead French Dip with Au Jus Recipe

  • Tender, Flavorful Meat
  • A dipping sauce you cannot get enough of. 
  • Crusty French Bread
  • Customizable
  • Simplicity and Comfort Food
  • Minimal Prep
French Dip with Au Jus Freezer Meal Recipe
Our French Dip is a labor of love, slow-cooked to perfection and now available for you to enjoy whenever you please with a mouthwatering Au Jus dip. Whether you're a mom, dad, or a culinary explorer this recipe is your culinary lifesaver.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 5 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Equipment
  • 1 Slow Cooker
  • 1 gallon freezer bag
Ingredients
  
  • 3 lbs Beef chuck roast
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Dried parsley
  • 1 tsp Dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp Dried dill
  • 1 tbsp Onion powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 cups broth of preference I prefer chicken broth but beef or veggie broth works well too.
For Serving
  • 4-6 Buns Use Gluten Free Buns if desired
Instructions
 
Prep/Freezer directions:
  • Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  • Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  • Store in freezer for up to three months.
Cooking from frozen directons:
  • Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  • Dump contents of gallon freezer bag into slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 8-10 hours.
  • Remove beef, shred and serve on bread with Au Jus sauce from the slow cooker on the side for dipping.
  • Enjoy a sandwich with dipping sauce!
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Equipment Needed to make the best Quick and Easy French Dip with Au Jus!

  • 1 Slow Cooker
  • 1 gallon freezer bag

Ingredients for your French Dip with Au Jus

  • 3 lbs Beef chuck roast
  • 1 tbsp Garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp Dried parsley
  • 1 tsp Dried rosemary
  • 2 tsp Dried dill
  • 1 tbsp Onion powder
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Black pepper
  • 2 cups broth of preference I prefer chicken broth but beef or veggie broth works well too.
  • For Serving
  • 4-6 Buns

How to make a Favorite French Dip with Au Jus

Prep/Freezer directions:

  1. Label Freezer bag with recipe name, cooking from frozen directions and expiration date (todays date plus three months).
  2. Add all ingredients to labeled gallon freezer bag.
  3. Store in freezer for up to three months.

Cooking directions:

  1. Thaw overnight in fridge or in the morning in water (meal may not be 100% thawed but that is ok).
  2. Dump contents of gallon freezer bag into slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low 8-10 hours.
  4. Remove beef, shred and serve on bread with Au Jus sauce from the slow cooker on the side for dipping.
  5. Enjoy a sandwich with dipping sauce!

What to Serve/Pair with Your Easy French Dip Sandwiches

Sides:

Desserts:

Mocktails:

Popular Substitutions and Additions

Substitutions:

  • Beef Chuck Roast Alternative: Instead of beef chuck roast, you can use other cuts of beef, such as bottom round roast or sirloin roast. These cuts can also become tender and flavorful when slow-cooked and are suitable for French Dip sandwiches.
  • Herb Variations: While the recipe calls for dried rosemary and celery seed, you can substitute or add other herbs to change the flavor profile. For example, you can use thyme, oregano, or marjoram for a different herbal note that complements the beef.
  • Broth Options: Experiment with different types of broth for your au jus. While water works perfectly fine, you can also use beef broth, vegetable broth, or chicken broth based on your preference. Each type of broth will impart a slightly different flavor to the au jus.

Additions:

  • Caramelized Onions: Enhance the flavor of your au jus by adding caramelized onions. Sauté thinly sliced onions in a bit of oil or butter until they turn golden brown and sweet. Mix them into the au jus for a richer, more complex flavor.
  • Red Wine: For a luxurious twist, consider adding a splash of red wine to the au jus. The wine adds depth and complexity to the sauce. Be sure to let it simmer for a bit to allow the alcohol to cook off.
  • Fresh Garlic: While the recipe includes garlic powder, using fresh garlic cloves minced or sliced thinly can provide a more pronounced garlic flavor. You can add it to the slow cooker with the other ingredients for an aromatic boost.

These substitutions and additions offer flexibility and opportunities to customize your French Dip with Au Jus to suit your taste preferences and create unique variations of this classic sandwich.

How to Reheat and Store French Dip with Au Jus after cooking?

Best way to Store the Best French Dip sauce leftover?

One of the most important things to remember when getting ready to store your leftovers is to allow the cooked French Dip to cool completely to room temperature. This helps prevent condensation inside the storage container.

Choose right right airtight containers that are suitable for storage. You can use individual serving containers or larger containers if you’re storing multiple servings. If possible, separate the au jus ( the dipping sauce) from the beef and bread. Storing them separately can help prevent the bread from becoming soggy.

Label each container with the contents and the date of preparation, proper labeling helps you keep track of the storage time. Place the sealed containers/bags in the fridge or freezer.

How long with French Dip with Au Jus leftovers last in the fridge?

With proper cooling and storage containers being used, your French Dip should remain fresh in the refrigerator for 4-5 days. Always make sure that you perform sniff tests when going to reheat your leftovers to make sure that your recipe has not spoiled during its stay in the fridge.

Can I freeze Slow Cooker French Dip with Au Jus?

Absolutely, yes you can freeze French Dip! Prepare to freeze your leftovers as if you were placing them in the fridge. Allow your leftovers to cool completely. Separate your leftovers into meal sized portions, for easier reheating. When you freeze your leftovers, they should maintain freshness for 2-3 months.

If you are looking to make this into a raw freezer meal, simply add all the ingredients into a gallon sized freezer bag, remove as much air as possible from the bag. Seal, and freeze for 3-6 months. Make sure to label your bag, so you are not left with a surprise in a few months 🙂

How to Reheat Homemade French Dip Sandwiches?

If you are reheating from a frozen state, allow your French Dip to thaw overnight in the refrigerator before you plan to use it. Once it is thawed completely, there are different ways to reheat your leftovers. You can reheat on the stovetop or in a microwave.

When reheating on the stovetop, pour the Au Jus into a saucepan and heat it over medium-low heat. Stir occasionally until it’s warmed through. If it’s too thick, you can add a bit of water or broth to thin it out. Meanwhile, warm the beef slices in a separate skillet over medium heat, flipping until heated through. You can also warm the bread in the skillet to regain its crispness.

When you’re wanting to use the microwave, simply put your sandwich together, put a safe wrap or lid on top of the sandwich, and heat in 30 second intervals until you have reached a temperature you are good with. Always check to make sure your meat is cooked through.

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Comments

  1. Looking forward to making this soon!

    • Let me know your thoughts!

  2. This turned out wonderfully and was so easy to throw together! My husband loved it too and I will definitely be adding this into our rotation of dinners that I regularly make. Thanks for a great meal! 😀

    • Thank you so much! I am so glad you liked it. 🙂

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