Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Un autre l'un pour le français

When I worked as a waitress (and everyone should work as a waitress) there was a sandwich we served that was insanely popular - it was a roast beef french dip. I have to admit, there was nothing special about this sandwich. It wasn't even that good. But people loved it. And when it was removed from the menu, there was rioting. Okay, maybe not rioting, but I got to hear my fill of bellyaching from the regulars who somehow believed I was personally responsible for it's removal.

I can see the allure of a french dip. There's something so comforting about a warm sandwich, dipped in a warm dip. It's like the ultimate soup and sandwich. And if you make as much soup as we do, it's also a great way to use up some leftover french onion soup. And this is a very tasty french onion soup.

Unlike where I worked, this french dip is made with ground turkey and not roast beef. Because I never have roast beef in the house. It's not my meat of choice. And this could just as easily be done with sliced turkey. I just thought making a nice turkey burger to dip in french onion soup sounded really good - don't you? Especially ground turkey cooked in that same french onion soup. MMMMMMMMM c'est magnifique!

Turkey French Dip
1/2 lb ground turkey
1/2 cup French Onion Soup (see below)
2 burger buns

1) Divide the ground turkey into two patties.
2) Cook burger in skillet over medium high heat until browned on both sides. Remove from skillet.
3) Pour soup into skillet and heat to a boil. Put burgers back in skillet and reduce heat to low. Cover and cook 5 minutes, or until the burgers are cooked through.
4) Remove burgers from soup and place on buns. Pour hot soup from skillet into ramekins for dipping.

French Onion Soup (from the Fannie Farmer Cookbook)
3 Tbsp butter
4 cups thinly sliced onions
1/2 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp flour
fresh ground pepper

1) Melt the butter in a large pot.
2) Add the onions and cook them very slowly over low heat, stirring often.
3) Stir in the sugar and flour and cook for 3 minutes.
4) Add 4 cups of water and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes. Add the salt and pepper to taste.


  1. You can always tell the people who worked as waiters at one time or another...we stack our dishes neatly and cleanup after ourselves and we leave tips. I had never heard of beef dip until I moved to Alberta, but it was a favourite on the menus there as well.

  2. mmm, french dips.

    the hub was never a waiter, but he always stacks all of the dishes and cleans the table after we're done at restaurants. in his case, it's because he's completely anal :/

  3. I love French Dip and I really like your healthier version. I waitressed for 10 years through HS and college. Great times and many good stories.

  4. French dips are one of my favorite sandwiches. Mmmmm!