Sarasota's Sweet and Tangy Turkey French Dip Sandwich

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“A great sandwich as an alternative to a traditional french dip. Deli turkey, sauteed onions and apples for a bit of a sweet flavor. A pretty traditional horseradish sauce, with a bit of a sweet honey and mustard and then a savory/sweet turkey au jus dipping sauce. The au jus and horseradish can easily be made ahead, which makes this just minutes to put together. Serve with some sweet potato fries or potato salad.”
4-8 4 full or 8 half Sandwiches

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Sandwich
  • 16 -20 slices roast turkey, thin sliced (no too thin)
  • 1 large onion, cut in quarters and thin sliced
  • 2 apples, thin sliced (I used Mcintosh, skin on)
  • 8 slices gruyere cheese, 2 slices per sandwich (swiss will work fine)
  • 4 hoagie rolls, they are soft and perfect for this sandwich (lightly toasted on the inside right before you make the sandwich)
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • salt
  • pepper
  • Mustard Horseradish Sauce
  • 12 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 12 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped fine (1/2 teaspoon dried)
  • Apple Au Jus
  • 1 34 cups chicken broth
  • 23 cup apple juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 12-1 envelope lipton recipe secretes savory herb and garlic (you can also add the Golden Onion or Onion. Add more if you want it more flavorful, but start with 1)


  1. Mustard Horseradish Sauce -- Just mix the mayo, horseradish, mustard, honey, apple juice, and thyme. Add to a small bowl, cover and refrigerate. Done. You can easily make this ahead.
  2. Apple Au Jus -- In a small pot, add the broth, apple juice, honey, Lipton seasoning and bring to a boil. Stir well and immediately reduce and simmer until it naturally thickens. About 5 minutes. This can easily be made and ahead and just reheated right in the microwave on on the stove.
  3. Onions and Apples -- In a small saute pan, add the butter and bring to medium heat. Add the onions, apples and pinch of salt and saute for 3-5 minutes until the onions and apples are soft, but not "mush." Season with a little pepper and set to the side as you make the sandwiches.
  4. Rolls -- As the onions and apples saute, put the rolls inside facing up under the broiler and toast very lightly. Keep the broiler on.
  5. Sandwich -- Spread the bottom bun with a little of the dressing. Then dip the turkey slices in the warm au jus, just to get a little juice on it and layer on the sandwich. Top with the warm onions and apples and 2 slices of the cheese. Put under the broiler for just a minute until the cheese melts. Top with the other roll, also slathered with the dressing.
  6. Serve -- Cut in half and serve with the warm au jus, 1/4-1/3 cup per person. ENJOY!

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