French Dip Pinwheels
French Dip Pinwheels – this easy appetizer recipe starts with pizza dough and is perfect for appetizers, game day food, or an easy dinner. The sauce is the best part!
When I was a kid there was a restaurant named Lyon’s that we went to almost every week. It was basically a diner, but a little more upscale than a Mel’s. I’d eat there with my parents on Friday nights and we’d do family dinners there on weekends, and once I got to high school we’d land there late for milkshakes and fries or for 3am breakfast during sleepovers.
I think it was at Lyon’s where I was first had a French Dip sandwich. I’m pretty sure I used to order them because it was the only sandwich I knew came already plain; I was such a picky kid that I was always having to ask to leave off sauces or condiments and the dip sandwich came with just meat and bread (and sometimes cheese). Back then, I hated using the au jus dipping sauce, because, condiments, but I loved the meat and bread. Over the years, I’ve branched out into enjoying dipping my French Dips into the au jus and it’s still one of my favorite sandwiches to order at restaurants or make at home for a quick dinner.
Recently I made French Dips for dinner and Jordan loved them. Jordan’s just as picky as I was, and sometimes more so: she doesn’t like a lot of meat, won’t eat pasta or rice or potatoes, or even beans. Feeding her is always tricky, so I was delighted when she liked French Dip sandwiches (with beef or turkey).
I love making little variations on sandwiches like the classic Dip, because then it’s easier to feed lots of people. At New Year’s Eve I made these French Dip Pinwheels and everyone raved about them.
Plus, French Dip pinwheels are easy to make, and you can make them for dinner or a crowd. And the au jus is the perfect sauce!
French Dip Pinwheels are a great appetizer for a party! They’re hearty and cheesy and everyone loves them. I also love making these for an easy dinner, because my family gobbles them up.
A few recipe notes:
- You can use roast beef from the packaged food aisle, but I prefer using it from the deli counter. You can also use turkey!
- Start with a homemade pizza dough or use a tube of pizza dough (like Pillsbury) or even frozen bread dough.
- Roll the crust into a rectangle and then decide how many pieces you want. If you want 8-12 pinwheels, roll it up from the short end to create a shorter, thicker roll. If you are making this for a party and want more pinwheels that are smaller, roll it up from the long side to make 14-16 pinwheels.
- You can portion the dip into single serve portions for each person at dinner, or serve it in a bowl for communal dipping.
- I used Provolone cheese, but you can use Swiss, or any kind of cheese you like!
Get creative with your French dip pinwheels – they’d also be yummy with caramelized onions!
French Dip Pinwheels
French Dip Pinwheels – this easy recipe starts with pizza dough and is perfect for an appetizer or easy dinner. The sauce is the best part!
- 1 roll pizza crust (or a pizza crust suitable for a 10-12″ pizza)
- Approximately 5 ounces deli roast beef
- Approximately 8-10 slices provolone cheese
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/2 medium onion, diced (about 1/2 cup)
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 cups beef stock (I like using low-sodium)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
- 2 beef bullion cubes, optional but adds great flavor
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Unroll the pizza crust into a long rectangle. Leave 1″ at either and and cover with a layer of roast beef and a layer of cheese.
- Decide how many rolls you want. For 8-10 rolls, roll up using the short end. For 12-16 rolls, roll up starting with the long side. Pinch the end to seal. Slice into equal size rolls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 15-22 minutes, depending on size, until the dough is cooked through.
- While the rolls are baking, make the au jus. Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and cook about 3-4 minutes, until semi-translucent, then add the garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add the beef stock, Worcestershire, soy sauce, and bullion cubes, if using. Bring to a boil and cook for 4-5 minutes boiling (or until the bullion is dissolved). Taste carefully, and add salt and pepper as desired.
- Serve hot rolls with the au jus.
If you love a good French Dip, you’ll want to try these French Dip inspired recipes from my friends:
Easy French Dip Sliders, from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.
Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches, from Dinners, Dishes, Desserts.
Mini French Onion Dip Bread Bowls, from The Cookie Rookie.