Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Using Up Leftovers - Hot Beef Open Faced Sandwich

Last night we had one of my husband's favorite meals for supper.  (I did not have to slave in the kitchen all day, thankfully.  I just used some leftovers I had in the fridge and he was happier than if I had served him a fancy feast!)  What did we have?  We had a typical midwest diner favorite, ye ole Hot Beef Sandwich.  Here if the midwest, they take white bread, scoop on a big pile of hot, fluffy mashed potatoes, and ladle on some good old roast beef and brown gravy.  This is a huge pile of deliciousness and will definitely leave you craving your recliner!  But, it was easy, fast, and we both really enjoyed it.  In fact, it was so good, that we promptly jumped in the car and took my husband's mom a plate (she was having Cheerios for supper - eek)!  She loved it too. 

This is how I make an Open Faced Hot Beef Sandwich AT HOME MY WAY:

Open Faced Hot Beef Sandwich (DINER FOOD)

Sliced roast beef from the deli or leftover roast (I used rump roast.)
1-2 packages of brown gravy
sandwich bread
Hot fluffy mashed potatoes (I used our favorite brand of instant -shhhh!)

Mix up the gravy, per the instructions on the packet and cook until thick.  Place bite sized pieces of roast beef in the gravy.

Prepare your mashed potatoes.

Ready?  Almost!

Place one slice of bread on a plate.  Scoop on some mashed potatoes.  Ladle on the hot beef gravy.

Dinner's ready!

(I also had some leftover pineapple lettuce salad with mine, but my hubby was happy with just "meat and potatoes"  (of course) LOL.)

Subtitution:  This is just as delicious to use packet(s) of turkey gravy and either leftover turkey or sliced turkey from the deli. 

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  1. That is my all-time favorite diner meal. I still get it sometimes at my favorite diner and I have made it at home with leftovers, too.

  2. Hey! Thanks for posting! So exciting to see comments. Yep - our meal was authentic diner food. The only things we missed was the clanking of all those dishes ... oh and THE BILL! lol. Have a great day!

  3. You have my mouth watering! This sounds so good, and we do this too with our roasts, it's actually the only way hubby will eat roast!

    Thanks for sharing at What's Cooking Thursdays!



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