Friday, May 25, 2012

50 Women Game Changers in Food - # 49 Soraya Darabi and Alexa Andrzejewski - Philippe's French Dip Sandwich

Philippe's Double-Dip French Dipped Sandwich

Foodspotting Logo and 2nd Birthday Cake

From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...Foodspotting is an iPhone application that allows diners to size-up or review restaurants by using photos of the food they are served. The website, which was launched in 2010, now contains over 600,000 photos of dishes that have been uploaded by diners who are also known as spotters. The comapnay was founded by....

Alexa Andrzejewski, whose vision led to its creation.

Ted Grubb, whose technical expertise made it possible

Soraya Darabi, a social media expert who made it work.

Now, in its second year, the company employs ten people. Alexa and Soraya made the Gourmet Live List of 50 Women Game Changers in Food. Two out of three isn't bad, but it seems strange to separate these three. I guess biology is destiny.

Using a convoluted path whose details I will spare you, I selected Philippe's restaurant and its famous French Dip sandwich to highlight the work that is done on Foodspotting. "Philippe The Original, is one of the oldest and best known restaurants in Southern California. It was established in 1908 by Philippe Mathieu, who claimed the distinction of having created the "French Dipped Sandwich." One day in 1918, while making a sandwich, Mathieu inadvertently dropped the sliced french roll into the roasting pan filled with juice still hot from the oven. The patron, a policeman, said he would take the sandwich anyway and returned the next day with some friends asking for more dipped sandwiches. And so was born the "French Dipped Sandwich," so called either because of Mathieu's French heritage, the French roll the sandwich is made on or because the officer's name was French. The answer is lost to history." Fortunately, the recipe is not.

French Dip Sandwich...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Philippe's via Foodspotting

1 (4-pound) beef rib eye, sirloin, or tenderloin roast
1/2 cup coarsely-ground black pepper
Dipping Sauce (recipe follows)
8 French rolls

1) Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place beef roast onto a rack in a shallow baking pan; firmly press pepper onto roast. Bake, uncovered, 30 to 45 minutes or until thermometer in the thickest part of roast registers 135 degrees F. Remove from oven and transfer onto a cutting board; let stand 15 minute before carving; slice beef thinly.
2) Reserve juice and pour into a medium saucepan. Prepare Dipping Sauce.
3) For each sandwich: Cut French rolls in half. Toast and butter each French roll. Layer about 1/2 pound of sliced beef on bottom slice of each roll; place remaining tops of rolls on top of the beef. Slice sandwiches in half and serve on individual plates with a small bowl (1/4 cup) of hot Dipping Sauce. Makes 8 sandwiches.

Dipping Sauce

Drippings from cooking pan
1 (10.5 ounce) can beef broth
1/2 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium saucepan, add beef drippings, beef broth, water, salt and pepper; bring just to a boil. turn off heat, cover, and let site 10 minutes before serving.

The following bloggers are also featuring the recipes associated with Soraya Darabi and Alexa Andrzejewski of Foodspotting. I hope you'll pay them all a visit. They are all great cooks who have wonderful blogs.

Val - More Than Burnt Toast, Taryn - Have Kitchen Will Feed, Susan - The Spice Garden
Heather - girlichef, Miranda - Mangoes and Chutney, Amrita - Beetles Kitchen Escapades
Mary - One Perfect Bite, Sue - The View from Great Island, Barbara - Movable Feasts
Linda A - There and Back Again, Nancy - Picadillo, Mireya - My Healthy Eating Habits
Veronica - My Catholic Kitchen, Annie - Most Lovely Things, Jeanette - Healthy Living
Claudia - Journey of an Italian Cook, Alyce - More Time at the Table
Kathy - Bakeaway with Me, Martha - Simple Nourished Living, Jill - Saucy Cooks
Sarah - Everything in the Kitchen Sink

Next week we will highlight the career and recipes of Julie Powell. It will be really interesting to see what everyone comes up with. If you'd like to join us please email me for additional information no later than Monday, May 28th.


Ginny Hartzler said...

We love French Dip Sandwiches and just ordered a very good one at Red Robin. It is hard to find one where the dip isn't really tasting of bouillon. I remember a previous French Dip Sandwich you featured canned beef consomme and sauteed onions. I made that one and it was very good. This would have to go a long way to beat it.

Anonymous said...

yummy! great choice!

sparkly jules said...

Ooh!I Love Phillipe's!! I went there a lot when I lived in Los Angeles (born and raised mostly), as well as The Pantry.

Phillipe's cole slaw and pickled beets are out of this world, also!!

Thanks for posting this.


Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine said...

I have always been a big dipper!! Lol love the french dip order it often!

Anonymous said...

What a great post my friend - you chose well because I know many who would eat 3 of these sandwiches ;)

Choc Chip Uru

Blond Duck said...

I've always wanted to try a french dip sandwich!

Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Here they call it simply Beef Dip but when made with a delicious homemade jus it is one of the best things in the world.

Cindy@NorthofWiarton said...

My friend & I have been using Foodstopping for some months now, adding local meal fares when we have been out & about (which isn't too often with budgets & schedules). A nice way to find some good eateries when travelling.

Kim said...

Wow! This is a great sandwich!!!!

Barbara said...

French dip has always been a favorite with me, Mary. This sandwich looks divine! Good choice and great write-up.

(Your rhubarb cheesecake bars just went on my must-make list. They look delicious.)

Unknown said...

Simple and perfect! French dip sandwiches are one of my favorites!

Rambling Tart said...

I still remember my first French-Dipped sandwich. I thought it was absolutely heavenly. :-) For some reason I've never made one at home, though. How odd. I really need to remedy that. :-)

Bubbe Bites said...

I love french dip!I order it often. What a wonderful recipe you picked.

Susan Lindquist said...

I love the French bread rolls that hold their shape and don't flop apart when you dip in the jus ... so good! With a rare sliced beff, this is a carnivore's delight! Great share, Mary!

Heather S-G said...

Oh, I could go for that sammich right now - French Dips are one of my fave's. And this one looks amazing!

Claudia said...

I order French Dip sandwiches in restaurants all the time - especially up north where they seem to do them very well. And can you believe - I have never made one? Utterly delicious!

Jill~a Saucy Cook said...

As usual, you have written a very informative and interesting post Mary. I love the way you offer not only the history of Foodspotting, but of the French Dip as well! Have a great holiday weekend!

Tanna said...

French Dip sandwiches are a real favorite for us!! And, thank you for letting me know about the app!! blessings ~ tanna

Mireya @myhealthyeatinghabits said...

I still have memories of my dad taking me to Phillipe's in Los Angeles. The sandwich is the best! At the time I went, they used to throw sawdust all over the floor. I don't know if the health department would still allow that.

David said...

Mary, We both love French Dip sandwiches but we've never tried making them at home. Does anyone know of a place to get a decent French Dip sandwich here in East Tennessee!? Have a great Memorial Day weekend...and remember those who have served our country and defended our freedoms. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Jeanette said...

My kids love French Dip Sandwiches. I can't wait to try Foodspotting-just downloaded it. Can't believe this series is already almost over!

Gintare @Gourmantine said...

I don't think I've been to Phillipe's when visiting US, but the French dip sandwich looks really lovely. Have a nice weekend!

Alyce said...

Beautiful sandwich! Adore ribeye--what a treat. Happy holiday weekend.

Kathy said...

Such a yummy looking sandwich! A perfect way to represent Foodspotting! Lovely post, Mary!

Liz That Skinny Chick Can Bake said...

Oh, this would be a winner at my house...and perfect for my beef lovers when it's too hot to look at a plate of roast beef and mashed potatoes :) Enjoy your weekend, Mary!

France@beyondthepeel said...

I love beef dip sandwich(that's what we call them in Canada) I've never heard of Soraya or Alexa. Thanks for the introduction!

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