Sunday, February 9, 2014

Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches

How many times have you walked in the house at the end of a work day and you have no clue what dinner is going to look like and all you really want to do is sit down for a few minutes and unwind?  Here is an easy solution to that dilemma.  Take just a little time one day to put together make ahead sandwiches that you can wrap in foil, put in the freezer, and pull out any time to warm in the oven and have a satisfying  meal with perhaps a bowl of soup or a salad.

The Pioneer Woman recently did this very thing on her weekly Food Network show.  Her recipe for a sandwich sauce is listed below, but Olivia (who does not have a fondness for mayonnaise) came up with her own great alternative sauce as well.  Be creative in your use of  ham, roast beef, turkey, etc.  You can also use artisan buns, regular hamburger buns, Hawaiian sweet bread rolls, etc.  These little homemade sandwiches would also be a great snack for the kids.  Test your oven to see how long it takes to warm yours up.  I would start with a 350 degree oven at 15-20 minutes like it says below.  This will be a great go to meal when you have somewhere else to go in the evening, or the urge to cook just isn't there.  Be sure to use a marker to identify your foil wrapped sandwiches in the freezer, unless you like surprises!

Alternative Sauce:
1/3 cup low fat sour cream
2 tablespoons French onion dip
2 tablespoonsWorcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon horseradish (or to taste)

Mix all ingredients and use in place of the sauce in the recipe below.

Recipe from Ree Drummond

  • 12 whole Hamburger Buns
  • 1 pound Thinly Shaved Roast Beef 
  • 1 pound Cheese (Provolone, Swiss, Mozzarella, Even Cheez Whiz!)
  • ¼ cups Mayonnaise
  • 3 Tablespoons Grated Onion (or 1 Tbsp Dried Onion Flakes))
  • 1 Tablespoon Poppy Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon Spicy Mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon Horseradish Mayo Or Straight Prepared Horseradish
  • Dash Of Worcestershire

Preparation Instructions

Slice rolls in half. Mix together mayo, grated onion, poppy seeds, spicy mustard, horseradish, and Worcestershire. Taste it and adjust ingredients however you wish.
To assemble, spread dressing on top and bottom buns. Lay on roast beef or ham, then one or two slices of cheese (I cut them to fit the small buns.) If you’re using Cheez Whiz, spread a layer on the top bun.
Wrap each sandwich in a foil square, and either keep in the fridge or bake right away. To bake the sandwiches, put them on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes. The buns should be slightly crusty and the cheese should be melted.

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