Leftover Roast Beef – What’s for Dinner Wednesday

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This week I decided to repost a dinner idea that I wrote about months ago.

(originally posted 10/28/2008)

I recently cooked a large roast that turned out a little dry and tough. It was okay, but nobody really wanted it for leftovers. Here’s what I often do in those situations.


Cut the beef into chunks and put it into a food processor. Process until finely chopped. You could try a blender if you don’t have a food processor or just chop it finely by hand. I then use the beef in one of the following ways:

  • Add some mayonnaise and make a sandwich spread out of it
  • Use it as you would ground beef in casserole recipes
  • Use it as the meat in spaghetti sauce
  • Make a thin gravy from the leftover broth, add the meat, and serve over noodles, rice, or mashed potatoes

The problem of the meat being tough is solved by chopping it up, and the dryness is solved by putting it with something moist. My family enjoys the variety and flavor it adds to these dishes.

How do you use your leftover roast beef?

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  1. The Happy Housewife says

    I love reheating it with BBQ sauce, so delicious. I like it on a bun, but you could do cornbread…

  2. Emily says

    Hi! Don’t really find myself with leftover beef very often…but the idea of BBQ, taco meat, and casseroles all sound good.

    Also, I entered a blog link for What’s for Dinner Wednesdays, haven’t done this before, so I hope it works…

    Happy Wednesday!

  3. Heather @CeliacFamily.com says

    Love the ideas for the dry roast. The last time I cooked one in the crock pot, it was horribly dry. Thanks!

  4. glutenfree4goofs says

    Hey that’s perfect I will have to try this, the boys have suddenly decided they don’t like crock-pot beef and I’m not giving it up! :)

  5. Gina says

    I usually try to slice it very thin and use lots of mayonnaise on my sandwiches when the beef comes out dry. This is a traditional family sandwich recipe! Your suggestions sound very practical. If I ever get sick of dry-beef sandwiches (on dry GF bread of course) I’ll try your ideas!

  6. Faye says


  7. WendyGK says

    Dinner rescued once again. Clever.
    Vegetable beef soup, slow simmered and small chunks of beef usually my cure for a tough cow.

  8. Daniel Munday, Sydney's Fat Loss Expert says

    Don’t usually have just left over roast beef but if I did I’d be wacking a bit of salsa on it, throw some veggies in and turn it into a special mexican that’d be really quick n easy to make.

  9. Anonymous says

    My wifes family is from western Pa and one of their favorite sunday meals is to make the roast in broth and then when its done cooking grind it up and put it back into the broth and serve hot on a bun with tomatoe slices and sometimes mayo .

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