Instant Pot French Dip Sandwiches
Lightly salt and pepper the two halves of the roast. Set aside.
Turn on the pot's Sauté function. When hot, add the oil. Then add the roast and brown it a few minutes on each side. Remove to a plate and set aside.
Add the onion slices and stir (add a splash of the beef broth if too dry). Cook, stirring occasionally, and scraping the bottom of the pot to get the browned bits off (deglaze), until onion start to turn translucent.
Add the bay leaf, garlic, and thyme. Stir and sauté for a minute or so (add another splash of the broth if it gets dry).
Stir in the beef broth, soy sauce, and French onion soup.
Add the roast back in and close the lid. Set the steam release knob to the Sealing position.
Cancel the Sauté function and press the Pressure Cook/Manual button or dial. Then use the + or- button or dial to select 70 minutes. When cooking cycle is finished, let the pot sit undisturbed for 15 minutes (15 minute Natural Release).
Turn the steam release knob to the Venting position and release the remaining steam/pressure.
After opening the lid, check to make sure the roast is tender. If not as tender as you'd like, put the lid back on and set for another 10 minutes.
Remove the meat to a cutting board and slice or shred.
Strain the au jus into a fat separator. Save the onions and pour the defatted au jus into ramekins or small dishes.
Spread the butter on the rolls and toast them in a frying pan, toaster oven, or in the oven.
Pile some roast onto a roll, add some of the onion, and then layer 3 on slices of the cheese. Broil to melt, if desired.
Serve sandwich with a ramekin of au jus for dipping.