If you read yesterday’s post, it was about homemade pot roast and how versatile it is. Not only does it greet your family and guests with a wonderful aroma of home cooked goodness as they enter the house, you can get a few meals out of it so it’s definitely a winner in the kitchen. Go here to read it if you missed it, because it leads to today’s post on Italian Beef Sandwiches. Well, actually I’ll share two ways I used that leftover pot roast – Vegetable Beef Soup and Italian Beef Sandwiches. I wanted to be sure to get this out there in case any of you went out and picked up a pot roast after reading about it here! I couldn’t just leave you hanging!
So you’ve got the pot roast, here again is the recipe to prepare it. Now, you have those yummy leftovers.
After eating that pot roast, you could just throw it all together in a container and enjoy it the same way the next day or so. OR, you can separate the meat into one container and then put the veggies and sauce into a separate container. If you made gravy, you can put that into another container. Separating it all out will help you make up a few different post pot roast meals with all those delicious ingredients. Here’s a few ideas of what you can do to stretch that meal into a few other meals. By doing this, you are helping yourself in the kitchen since the slow cooking is a once and done and those deep flavors can extend into those other dishes which can be quickly assembled. You are also stretching that hard-earned dollar so that usually makes everyone happy!
Vegetable Beef Soup
Combine the leftover veggies and sauce from your pot roast in a pot on the stove. Add in 2 C of beef broth. If you did make that gravy with your pot roast and you have some of that leftover, you can add a scoop of that in too. Stir this all together and bring to a boil. You could add in a can of diced tomatoes if you like. I added in about 1 1/2 C of medium shell pasta and boiled this for 8 minutes until pasta was tender. This soup took around 10 minutes to put together.
And here’s how I turn that leftover pot roast beef into yummy Italian Beef Sandwiches! These took less than 20 minutes to put together.
Italian Beef Sandwiches
Leftover pot roast meat – shredded
1 medium onion – sliced
1 TBS Olive Oil
1 packet Italian Salad Dressing/Seasoning mix
1 1/2 C Beef Broth
Sliced Provolone Cheese
(you may need to adjust amounts depending on how much leftover meat you are working with)
In a large pot, add olive oil and saute onions on medium heat until beginning to caramelize.
Add in the leftover shredded meat.
Pour the Italian Seasoning packet in.
Pour the beef broth in and stir on medium heat until seasoning is dissolved.
Keep on medium low heat for at least 10 minutes to let the flavors combine.
Warm up your hoagie buns in a low oven just for a few minutes until warm.
Open up the buns and spoon out the Italian beef onto the buns. Turn your broiler on HI.
Top with slices of provolone cheese and broil sandwiches for a couple minutes just until cheese is melted.