Try This Recipe: Restaurant-Style French Onion Steak Sandwiches

Inviting some pals over to hang out can quickly turn stressful when you realize they’re going to expect some food. Before you reach for your phone to order delivery, take a few deep breaths. Homemade eats don’t have to be difficult. With original recipes from our Everyday Appetizers series, you can pull off showstopping starters without losing your cool. 

Now that chillier days are here, it’s time to start thinking about warming foods. Though slurping soup is arguably the best way to achieve the desired effect, we feel like sandwiches warm the soul. They’re also a lot more informal, which is exactly what you want when you’re enjoying a few drinks with friends. Inspired by French onion soup, we created these sandwiches filled with gooey Gruyère cheese, juicy steak, and heaps of caramelized onions.

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French Onion Steak Sandwiches

French onion steak sandwiches on a plate | Christine Skopec/Culture Cheat Sheet

In addition to being completely delicious, French onion soup comes with a great story. According to the tale, King Louis XV needed to rustle up a meal when he found himself with nothing more than onions, champagne, and butter. Using these ingredients he made the first iteration of the now iconic meal. The story probably isn’t true, especially when you consider the star vegetable has always been considered a peasant food and stretching it into soup makes the low-cost vegetable even cheaper.

Still, we can all agree this soup is tasty stuff. It’s also relatively difficult to eat. How exactly are you supposed to consume that cheese-covered crouton without making a mess? And let’s be honest, sipping beef broth just isn’t as appealing as biting into a good steak. In order to tackle both issues, we turned the meal into sandwiches piled with plenty of medium-rare beef.