Updated: May 28
You've gone to the trouble to cook a beautiful roast beef dinner with a fantastic cut of grass-fed beef. It might be a rolled rib roast (pictured), topside, blade, or rump. In any case, there is no doubt that the flavour was delicious and if you are lucky there might be some leftover. The day after you've poured your heart into cooking your roast beef it will be just as delicious, if not more so. Don't waste it, make it work for you. Here are just a few suggestions of what you can do with it.
Roast beef sandwich
This is the most obvious, but also the easiest way to make use of your leftover beef. If you've used a rub or herb crust on your beef this will help to flavour your sandwich too. Add it to some fresh bread, some ripe tomatoes, cheese, pesto or mustard. Experiment with whatever leftovers you have. Your options are limitless.
This is something my kids love. I just place the roast beef into the slow cooker or onto the stove in a large pot. Add a little water, some pineapple juice/plum sauce/sweetened smoky bbq sauce and cook until the beef is falling apart. You can also add carrots, celery, onion and sauté prior to adding the beef and liquid. It makes a saucy, delicious meal. This is great eaten with some mashed potatoes and veggies, or on fresh homemade bread rolls with coleslaw (think pulled pork). You could even incorporate some other flavours, like Mexican spices and beans, or Indian curry spices and eat with naan to give it some different flavours. Easy and delish! If you add veggies to this, you can also wrap in puff pastry and hey presto, homemade pie!
Beef Couscous Salad
This is a much lighter alternative to use up your roast beef. Cook the couscous according to your preference, usually just add boiling water or stock, stir and let sit for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork and adding butter. Add roasted pumpkin, a can of chickpeas, fresh coriander, a squeeze of lemon and roast beef cut into strips. Alternatively you can add capsicum, cucumber, spring onions, coriander and mint. Whatever you choose, mix together and serve straight away.
My kids are also big fans of curry. We eat it with condiments and naan bread and they love the fun of it. I make lots of different types of curry, but due to our food allergies, have to make most of them from scratch, no simmer sauces here. But you could definitely use these with your leftover beef for an easy mid-week meal option.
There are several website with great options for from-scratch curries, but I won't replicate them here. One of my favourites is Skinnymixers. Its a thermomix site, but you can just adjust for stove-top cooking. I also sometimes just make a sauce with some Indian spices, broth, veggies and the beef. In any case, they are all delicious and great ways to use up your leftover roast beef.
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