These French Dip Sliders make a fun family meal or an awesome appetizer for your next party. Hawaiian Rolls, hearty roast beef, cheese and caramelized onions. Oh my… what else can I say? You NEED to try these immediately.
An Appetizer or A Meal? Who Cares?
I LOVE what I’ve come to call “dual purpose” recipes. There are the dishes that can be used in at least two different scenarios. For instance, these Lemon Breakfast Muffins could be a dessert or a breakfast. Or this Copycat Cheesecake Factory Mac & Cheese recipe could be a side dish or a main course. I’m always on the lookout for recipes that can serve several different purposes. I’m a busy mom, if I can cut corners, I will!
This is why I’m pumped about this French Dip Sliders Recipe. I know that I can whip it up pretty easily for a weeknight dinner. And I also know that I’ve got a rock solid appetizer next time we host game day at our house. Can you imagine plopping a plate of these down on the table when you have friends and family over to watch the big game? They would be gone in an instant!
What Ingredients Will You Need For French Dip Sliders?
- Hawaiian rolls
- Provolone cheese
- Butter, divided
- Small onion, sliced
- Minced garlic
- Worcestershire sauce
- Onion powder
- Dry Au Jus seasoning
- Sliced deli roast beef meat
What Is The Best Bread To Use For Sliders?
As you probably know, sliders are just “mini” versions of just about any sandwich. So you’ll need to find a smaller bun to put them on. These days, it isn’t hard to find slider buns in the bread aisle. But, really, there is only one type of bread to use when making sliders. Hawaiian Rolls. These soft, light and slightly sweet rolls are one of the best things that has ever been invented. And they will take your slider recipe up to the next level for sure!
What Is the Best Cheese To Use For French Dip Sandwiches?
If you look around on the internet, you will see that about 80% of French Dip Sandwiches use Provolone Cheese. It’s a soft, mild white cheese that melts easily. So this is no surprise. But don’t be afraid to try some other types. Mozzarella could certainly work, although you won’t get as much of a cheese flavor from it. I’ve seen some use a sharp cheddar and I’ve even seen some example with Pepper Jack or Bleu Cheese! If these sound good, go for it!
Onions or No Onions?
I’m honestly not a HUGE onion fan, but if they are cooked or caramelized, I can handle them. But my husband loves them! So we used them on this recipe. Instead of using caramelized onions, you could also use store bought french fried onions. This would give your French Dip Sliders some crunch texture. Yum!
White onions or yellow onions? It doesn’t really matter. They will both work fine in this recipe. White onions will give you a bit of a stronger onion flavor, while yellow onions will be slightly milder and sweeter. So it’s your call!
What Type of Roast Beef To Use For French Dip Sliders?
Using store bought deli roast beef is totally fine for this recipe. One thing that I would do different is have the roast beef sliced into thinner pieces, almost shredded. The slices I had were a little too thick and it made the sandwiches hard to cut out of the pan and a little difficult to eat.
Other Notes and Variations
While we did not put mustard on our version. Using a good quality, stone ground mustard would work great with these sandwiches. It would give them an extra boost of flavor and texture. You can also add some flair to the garnish if you’d like. Topping of with parsley or sesame seeds would look great and give these a great presentation, especially if you are serving them to a crowd as an appetizer.
We’ve put some tasty recipes on this website that I’ve been excited to share. But, seriously, you NEED to try these French Dip Sliders as soon as possible!
French Dip Sliders
- 6 hawaiian rolls
- 4 slices provolone cheese, cut in half
- 5 tablespoons butter divided
- 1 small onion sliced
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1 tablespoon about half a packet dry Au Jus seasoning
- 8 ounces sliced deli roast beef meat
Preheat oven to 350 and pull hawaiian rolls apart and cut in half. Place bottom of rolls into a baking dish. Top with cheese slices, overlapping if necessary. Set aside.
In a skillet, add 4 tablespoons butter, onion and 1 teaspoon garlic. Heat over medium heat until onions are tender, about 5 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, pepper, Au Jus seasoning and roast beef. Continue to heat over medium low heat until meat is hot and mixture is combined well. Place on top of the cheese. Add tops of buns.
In a small bowl, add remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon minced garlic. Melt together and stir well. Use a pastry brush to top buns with garlic butter mixture. Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
While we did not put mustard on our version. Using a good quality, stone ground mustard would work great with these sandwiches. It would give them an extra boost of flavor and texture. You can also add some flair to the garnish if you'd like. Topping of with parsley or sesame seeds would look great and give these a great presentation, especially if you are serving them to a crowd as an appetizer.