National French Dip Day
What is a French Dip?
A French dip sandwich, is a hot sandwich consisting of thinly sliced roast beef on a “French roll”. Some restaurants serve it plain but a more modern version is topped with Swiss or mozzarella cheese, onions, peppers and always with a small side bowl of beef broth produced from the cooking process.
Where did the French Dip Come From?
There is some dispute on where French Dip Sandwiches came from. First, the “French” in French Dip comes from using a French roll, not because it was created in France.
First Claim : Cole’s Pacific Electric Buffet
At Cole’s the French Dip is served with a side of beef juices. You can also request that the bread of the sandwich be dipped before serving. Cole’s claims to have originated the sandwich shortly after the restaurant opened in 1908. Now in modern days it’s served with a spicy mustard.
Second Claim: Philippe the Original
Philippe’s website describes the dish as a “specialty of the house”, and the words “Home of the Original French Dip Sandwich” are present in the restaurant’s logo. The way they are made at Phillippe’s is by dipping in the hot beef juices before the sandwich is assembled, and is served “wet”. Philippe’s claims that owner Philippe Mathieu invented the French Dip in 1918 while other sources say that the sandwich was invented by a sympathetic chef, Jack Garlinghouse, when he dipped the sandwich in the juice to soften up the bread after a customer complained of their gums hurting. This restaurant also serves their sandwich with a spicy mustard.
It’s totally possible that both stories are right. It maybe have been created at different times by different people.
Either way French Dips are delicious! So we collected some recipes for you to try out at home!