Party Ready French Dip Crescent Ring
French dip sandwiches are ever popular and it's for good reason. The classic flavor of a rich broth and roast beef is universal in appeal. My family is no different, they love these types of handheld meals that can be enjoyed in a causal manner especially after a hectic day. This recipe takes a classic in a different direction utilizing crescent rolls for the dough. It makes a spectacular casual meal, game day snack or appetizer.
Helpful Tips for Making Crescent Rings
- Don't be intimidated by the list of ingredients for this recipe, they're all readily available and easy to find.
- This recipe does involve several steps, but all are easy to complete. To save time, you can break them up.
- For a timesaver, prepare the onions and jus one day in advance and chill. After a busy day, you'll have the ingredients ready to go and all it takes is assembling and rewarming the jus while the crescent ring bakes.
- Horseradish is complimentary to the roast beef and balances the sweetness of the onions. If your family doesn't care for it, you can omit that ingredient in the cream cheese spread. Likewise, you can adjust he amount using more or less, to your taste.
- You can divide this into as many pieces as you need depending on how it's being served. I typically will cut it into 16 wedges for gameday snacking and small bites. If you're serving it as a meal with a salad, larger slices work best depending on the appetites' of those you're serving.
Crescent Rolls to the Rescue
Crescent rolls are a convenience item that can save the day expediting the preparation of most any meal. A few recipes using crescent rolls that you may enjoy:
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Crescent Pie for a quick weeknight meal
- Bacon Spinach Crescent Pinwheels for a special appetizer or brunch
- Sausage Egg and Cheese Casserole a delicious breakfast option
- Turkey Cranberry Crescent Ring a holiday favorite
- Pizza Pinwheels for parties and snacking from i heart naptime
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
French Dip Crescent Ring
- Caramelized Onions:
- 2 tablespoon salted butter
- 2 large Vidalia onions thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 sprig fresh thyme strip leaves from stem
- 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Crescent Ring:
- 2 8 oz tubes crescent rolls
- 12 slices provolone cheese
- 4 oz chive and onion cream cheese softened
- 3 tablespoon mayonnaise
- 1-2 tablespoon horseradish adjust to your taste
- 1 lb thinly sliced deli roast beef
- 1 large egg beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water
- 3 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
- Au Jus:
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 2 cups beef stock
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme strip leaves from stem
- To make onions: In a large skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions, cook for 2-3 minutes, just until beginning to soften. Lower heat to medium. To the skillet add garlic, thyme, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well. Cook over medium heat until golden and sweet about 12-15 minutes. Set aside. (The longer they cook, the more intense the caramelization and flavor)
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
- To assemble crescent ring: Unroll crescent rolls, separating each triangle. Arrange in a sunburst pattern on prepared baking sheet, with pointed ends of the triangles facing outward. The bases should overlap.
- Arrange 6 slices provolone over the widest portion base of the rolls. In a small bowl, whisk together cream cheese, mayonnaise and horseradish. Spread evenly over cheese.
- Over the cream cheese, arrange roast beef, caramelized onions and final 6 slices of cheese forming a ring at the base. Fold triangle tips over filling and tuck under base to secure.
- Brush on all sides with beaten egg wash and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden and cheese has melted.
- To make Au Jus: Meanwhile, in the same skillet used for onions, add 1 tablespoon butter and garlic. Cook for 1 minute to soften. Add stock, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Bring to a gentle simmer, then lower the heat and let cook gently while crescent ring bakes.
- To serve: After baking, rest on the counter for 3-5 minutes.
- Slice into desired size pieces and serve au jus on the side for dipping.