French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread

A good French Dip sandwich is hard to beat…unless you stuff it inside of garlic bread!  This French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread is a comfort food favorite!

A good French Dip sandwich is hard to beat...unless you stuff it inside of garlic bread!  This French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread is a comfort food favorite!I’ve been on a real garlic bread kick lately.  I mean garlic bread makes everything better.  Kinda like bacon.  Hmmm…bacon garlic bread?  Why isn’t that a thing!?  I digress.  I stumbled across the concept of stuffed breads a couple of years ago.  They’re a fun way to take bread to the next level.  Of course, it just naturally follows that stuffed breads are even more delicious when brushed with garlic butter.  So with that in mind, I decided to take a traditional French Dip sandwich and turn it into garlic bread.  This French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread is a delicious comfort food, and it’s also pretty fun to make!

A good French Dip sandwich is hard to beat...unless you stuff it inside of garlic bread!  This French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread is a comfort food favorite!I love a good French Dip sandwich.  Tender, flavorful roast beef topped with caramelized onions and served with au jus.  It’s hard to beat!  While a traditional French Dip is delicious, it does take a bit of time as you have to cook the roast beef first.  This stuffed garlic bread employs a shortcut – sliced deli roast beef.  After all, we have to stuff our faces with this stuffed garlic bread…and waiting on that roast just slows things down.

A good French Dip sandwich is hard to beat...unless you stuff it inside of garlic bread!  This French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread is a comfort food favorite!French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread

One of the key elements of a good French Dip sandwich is the au jus dipping sauce that’s served on the side.  Au jus is French for “with juice.”  To make a traditional jus, you simply strain the cooking liquid from the roast beef and boil it for a bit in a saucepan until it reduces in volume.  Dipping that sandwich into jus might be messy, but it’s totally worth it!  (I remember a restaurant that we used to go to in Atlanta served a 5-Napkin French Dip…and I remember needing more than 5 napkins.)

A good French Dip sandwich is hard to beat...unless you stuff it inside of garlic bread!  This French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread is a comfort food favorite!Since we aren’t roasting the beef for this French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread, we needed to find another way to make jus.  After all, a French Dip without jus isn’t quite the same thing!  For this recipe, I went with a mock jus sauce instead.  I whipped up a “cheater version” of jus back when I made these French Dip Sliders, so I used that same recipe for this stuffed garlic bread.  In fact, this recipe is pretty similar to those sliders…just stuffed inside of garlic bread instead of served on slider buns.

If you’ve got a hankerin’ for some serious comfort food, then this stuffed garlic bread is a good choice!  By stuffing the fillings inside of the garlic bread, you can essentially eat garlic bread as the main course for dinner.  Sounds pretty awesome, right?

A good French Dip sandwich is hard to beat...unless you stuff it inside of garlic bread!  This French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread is a comfort food favorite!

While this stuffed garlic bread would be an awesome Super Bowl appetizer, we actually served it up for dinner recently along with sauteed veggies.  No matter how you serve it, I hope this French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread is a hit in your house – it certainly was a favorite in ours!

Did you make this French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread?  Leave a comment, or better yet snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog).  I’d love to see your version!

A good French Dip sandwich is hard to beat...unless you stuff it inside of garlic bread!  This French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread is a comfort food favorite!

French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread

A good French Dip sandwich is hard to beat...unless you stuff it inside of garlic bread!  This French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread is a comfort food favorite!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 265kcal

Ingredients

For the Caramelized Onions

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions cut into ¼” slices
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • ½ tsp salt

For the Au Jus Dip

  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • ½ tsp garlic minced
  • cups low-sodium beef stock
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper

For the French Dip Bread

  • 1 large baguette
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • ½ Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Tbsp chopped Italian parsley
  • 12 slices provolone cheese
  • 16 oz. deli-sliced roast beef

For the Garlic Butter

  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • ¾ tsp kosher salt

Instructions

For the Caramelized Onions

  • Using a large skillet, add butter and olive oil. Place over medium-high heat until butter melts.
  • Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5-7 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.
  • Add sugar and salt; reduce heat to medium and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, for 10-15 more minutes, or until onions have turned light golden brown. (Note: If the onions begin to scorch or stick to the bottom of the pan, turn the heat down. The secret to caramelized onions is low and slow!)

For the Au Jus Dip

  • Meanwhile, make the Au Jus by adding the butter to a small saucepan; place over medium heat until butter has melted.
  • Add garlic and cook for 1 minute, stirring often.
  • Add beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper; stir until well combined and let simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Serve sliders with warm Au Jus Dip on side.

For the French Dip Bread

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Slice baguette into 4 pieces. Using your fingers, tear out the center portion of each piece.
  • Using a small bowl, whisk together the melted butter, Dijon mustard and parsley. Brush/spread this mixture around the inside of each baguette piece.
  • Lay 3 slices of provolone on top of each other with a 1” overlap. Layer ¼ of the roast beef and ¼ of the caramelized onions on top of the cheese. Roll the cheese, roast beef and onion mixture up and then insert into the hollowed-out baguette. Repeat process with remaining ingredients.
  • Slice baguette chunks into 1” pieces. Line pieces up so that they are touching and then stand pieces up on a foil-lined sheet pan.
  • Using a small bowl, whisk all ingredients for the garlic butter together; brush mixture evenly on top of baguette.
  • Wrap foil around baguette. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until provolone cheese has completely melted.
  • Remove from oven and serve hot.

A good French Dip sandwich is hard to beat...unless you stuff it inside of garlic bread!  This French Dip Stuffed Garlic Bread is a comfort food favorite!

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25 Comments

  1. David, I can’t control myself. I must tell you that jus is a noun. You are right, au jus is with or of jus, but if you’re referring to the reduction, you must say jus. Sorry, but I’ve seen this mistake too many times and it makes me crazy. That’s what happens when you have a French mother! So if you say you put the au jus in a bowl, you’re literally saying you put the of jus in the bowl. But it looks really really good!!! You can delete this comment if you want.

    1. No need to delete this comment, Mimi. I appreciate you telling me! I might have worded it a bit differently, but the point is valid. Thanks!

      1. Well, I’m not sure how I could have worded it differently, it’s just incorrect usage, and you’d really have to know French to know that. Definitely valid!

  2. 5 stars
    What a fun mashup, David! I’m a big fan of garlic bread and never considered stuffing it with a sandwich filling…so good! The options are endless…

    1. I’m a HUGE fan of garlic bread, too, Marissa. And if you take that garlic bread and stuff it with another comfort food recipe? Well that makes it even better! You’re right – the options are endless with stuffed garlic bread. Yum!

    1. Anything combined with garlic bread is a good option, right? This one is a fun way to put a twist on a classic comfort food. Thanks, Michelle!

  3. Stuffed bread is definitely a great thing (Said Ben who’s never made a stuffed bread. But as an experienced home cook, I don’t need to try some things to be sure they’re great!) And I know for sure that any bread + garlic go beautifully together. (Again, you reminded me to make a traditional Atlantic recipe “garlic fingers”. Nope, it’s not when you dip your fingers into garlic butter. You generously brush a pizza dough with this garlic butter instead.) Anyway, this another variation of stuffed bread looks and sounds amazing!

    1. I couldn’t agree more, Ben – and I hereby challenge you to make a stuffed garlic bread. Trust me, it’ll be good. After all, it’s garlic bread. That alone means it’s gonna be awesome! Cheers, my friend!

    1. You know, I’m not sure where the French Dip sandwich originated. One might guess France (obvi), but I have no idea if that’s accurate. Either way, it’s a delicious combination of roast beef and onions and jus. This recipe is a fun riff on those flavors – using garlic bread to hold it together. Thanks, Sherry!!

    1. Stuffing anything into garlic bread is sure to be a winner, right?? This would indeed be great for a Super Bowl party – and I’m with ya on the napkins. 🙂 Thanks, Kathy!

  4. 5 stars
    I agree garlic bread makes things better, when we order pizza I make sure I grab some of them but always end up eating more of it than the pizza. Adding filling to it makes it even better, perhaps a mozzarella and pepperoni filled one? This means I dont need the pizza anymore

    1. Haha – I know what you mean about garlic bread. I always fill up on the stuff, too. But you’re right, if we stuff that garlic bread with mozzarella and pepperoni, it basically becomes pizza. I’m not complaining about that! 🙂

    1. Yes! I highly recommend making this stuffed garlic bread, Dawn. It’s comfort food at its best – perfect for gameday, or just a cold Saturday night when you need some delicious food! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    I saw your pictures here David and my first thought was that this is the MOST delicious garlic bread I have EVER seen. This is genius!!!! Definitely one of those appetizers that my family would end up eating as a meal as well. With absolutely no leftovers haha. Definitely making this!! 😋

    1. Haha – why thank you so much, Shannon! I do love garlic bread, and the idea of stuffing it with other favorites just takes it to a whole new level. You should try stuffed garlic bread sometime – the options are endless! 🙂

  6. 5 stars
    Oooh, David! This sounds amazing! You’re so right, everything is good with or in garlic bread! Definitely need to give this a try! Sounds like something my family will be crazy for!

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