How to make awesome dishes w/ leftover roast beef

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How to make awesome dishes w/ leftover roast beef
Leftover roast beef provides the start of additional meals. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Go beyond sandwiches into delicious second meals with leftover roast beef by analysing the cooking method, cutting style and seasonings used in the original piece of meat. Add vegetables, pasta or rice and additional seasonings as appropriate to create a dish that rates its own place as the star of the dinner show. Anyone with basic cooking skills can turn leftover roast beef into an awesome dish.

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Things you need

  • Leftover roast beef
  • Assorted vegetables
  • Lasagne noodles
  • Grated cheese
  • Crescent rolls
  • Biscuits

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  1. 1

    Cook lasagne noodles until nearly done. Drain thoroughly.

  2. 2

    Dice the leftover roast beef and measure. Dice vegetables in an equal quantity and steam them until about halfway done.

  3. 3

    Layer noodles, roast beef and vegetables in a greased casserole dish. Pour a small amount of thick beef gravy to cover. Repeat the layers until the dish is nearly filled. Finish with a layer of noodles topped with gravy.

  4. 4

    Bake at 300 F until the casserole's internal temperature reaches 160 F. Allow the casserole to rest about 15 minutes before serving.

  1. 1

    Shred leftover roast beef and measure. Grate medium cheddar cheese in an equal amount. Mix thoroughly and drain any excess moisture.

  2. 2

    Prepare biscuit dough or use refrigerated biscuit dough. Roll the dough to ¼-inch thick. Cut into 3-inch circles.

  3. 3

    Place half of the circles on greased baking sheets. Spread approximately two tablespoons of the beef and cheese mixture in the centre of each. Leave a clear margin around the edge of the biscuit.

  4. 4

    Moisten a fingertip in milk or water and dampen the edge of the circle. Place a second dough circle atop the first and gently press it to the lower one.

  5. 5

    Bake according to biscuit recipe or package directions.

  1. 1

    Mince leftover roast beef. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese to taste. Drain any excess liquid.

  2. 2

    Unroll refrigerated crescent roll dough and separate into triangles.

  3. 3

    Spread approximately one tablespoon of the beef and cheese mixture up the centre of each roll.

  4. 4

    Start at the wide end of the triangle and roll the dough. Place the rolled crescents on a cookie sheet and bake according to the package directions.

Tips and warnings

  • Cook or partially cook items before adding them to the beef to avoid overcooking the beef while waiting for the other components to cook.
  • Don't overlook hash, stew and roast beef sandwiches to use those leftovers. These may be better choices for roast cooked in rich gravy.
  • While a little liquid will make a more palatable dish, too much liquid results in soggy crusts when the recipe is baked in bread. Minimise standing liquid in these mixtures.

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