Pot roast, Day 2

November 18, 2015

beef and gravyWherein 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.



One Response to “Pot roast, Day 2”

  1. joji Says:

    Pot roast and gravy omg ^_^ hehe

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