The Most Pinned Instant Pot French Dip Sandwich Recipe
The Instant Pot yields the most tender meat, whether it’s pork carnitas, chicken breasts, or beef roast stuffed in a French dip sandwich, as pictured below. This is no ordinary recipe — it’s Pinterest’s most pinned Instant Pot dish, with 131K saves. We tried it at home to see if the dish is really as foolproof as it promises.
Melissa Mondragon of the No. 2 Pencil blog is responsible for this viral win of a sandwich (pictured left). The recipe came from a slow-cooker French dip version that Mondragon adapted and starts with pressure cooking a roast in red wine, onions, and beef broth. “I put a lot of personal testing into the recipe to ensure that the cooking time and method were accurate for the Instant Pot,” she elaborated. “I also tried to be very clear in the instructions on how to use the Instant Pot, so it’s a great recipe for beginners.”
And thank goodness she did, because we bit our nails the entire time, worried that either the Instant Pot would melt after so much pressure cooking OR the meat would turn into a solid, stringy mess. But no! The Instant Pot practically acts as a magical cauldron, producing fork-tender beef that will practically fall apart as you remove it.
That beef and cheese slices are sandwiched between a buttered, toasted, garlicky bun and served with the strained pot juice for dipping. Oh. Em. Gee. Yes, this recipe may have a trillion calories, but you will not care when you take a bite of the luscious combo. We now understand why it’s such a huge hit (and has helped her amass 200K Pinterest followers). Mondragon added, “I think this recipe resonates with Pinners because it’s a simple, family-friendly recipe with good quality ingredients. It all blends together so well!” You can see our version pictured right. Though it looks different, we feel pretty confident it maintains the same flavor integrity Mondragon intended.
We did make some slight changes to this recipe (which are noted below). For one, we used ghee, a high-heat clarified butter that has an insanely tasty, roasted flavor. We served the beef on pretzel rolls to add to the umami taste, but you can use any roll you like. We also topped the meat with mild cheddar slices, but provolone is what she recommends. The au jus dipping sauce can be on the oily side, so we recommend skimming the fat from the top. Also, we like a sandwich that doesn’t require a lot of napkins, so we opted to butter the rolls on the inside (as opposed to the outside).
Now let’s talk leftovers. Don’t judge, but we added the shredded meat back to the au jus along with the caramelized onions and reheated it as a meaty French onion soup the next day, accompanied with a pretzel roll grilled cheese. You do you — or feel free to copy us!