Pot roast, Day 2
November 18, 2015
Wherein the versatile pot roast becomes a beef-and-gravy entree.
This is so simple as to barely warrant a post, but it’s just so good.
The recent pot roast, being that just two of us dined on it and it was a good-sized one to start with, left me with a lot of meat. I contemplated roast beef sandwiches (debris po’boys!), but decided, mostly because I felt like mashed potatoes.
Real mashed potatoes. With lumps.
So I dug about in the plastic dish in which I’d stored the leftovers, and fetched out a few nice chunks of beef. Scooped up maybe a half-cup of jus and put it in a saucepan, leaving the rest to flavor the upcoming vegetable beef soup.
I chopped up the beef — it made about a cup of diced beef, minus all the fat and gristle — and put it in the saucepan with the jus. Then I added a cup of water and a bit of beef broth base. Let that simmer for a bit, while I peeled potatoes, diced and boiled them, and nuked some past-their-prime sugar snap peas.
I mixed a couple of tablespoons of cornstarch into a half-cup of water, and when I’d stirred it smooth, added it to the beef and jus/broth. Brought it back up to a boil and let it cook over a medium low heat until the gravy started to thicken a big.
Mashed the potatoes with some butter and sour cream. Drained the only-slightly-freezer-burned sugar snaps, and put some butter on them; nuked again long enough to melt the butter, and tossed them in it.
And dinner was served.
Child A opted to have her mashed potatoes and beef and gravy in a soup bowl. While the peas were OK (I do love a sugar snap!), I’d have been better served to do the same. Lesson learned, and I need to clean out the freezer. No telling what all’s in there.
Another good solution for Day 2 of a big pot roast with lots of leftovers is to shred the beef, use just enough jus to moisten it, put it on a baguette, and top it with sliced brie. Wrapped in foil and heated in the oven long enough to melt the brie, this is a wonderful, gooey, drippy, satisfying sandwich. If you REALLY want to take it to the outer limits, you can add an over easy egg to it.
You can also make hash, if you have a notion to do so, and probably a half-dozen other things. There are just tons of things you can do with a pot roast to turn the “oh, leftovers again?” to “Oh! Leftovers! Goody!”
You ‘n y’mama ‘n ’em best get you one. Or several.