This past weekend I was making the Italian version of our pot roast recipe called Beef in Barolo. However, since I can’t help myself, I didn’t use the typical cut of chuck – instead I used beef shanks. It’s pretty much the same thing but with the marrow of the bones seeping into the sauce!
Since there is only two of us here at the house, there were a ton of leftovers. As much as we do love pot roast with mashed potatoes or polenta, it is a bit heavy for dinner each night or for lunch. Luckily though, leftover pot roast is just as versatile as leftover roast chicken. And since it is a bit rich, you only really need to use it as flavor enhancement in a lot of recipes.
Salad: You can make our favorite kale salad and add just a few pieces of beef on top for something a little bit heartier. Or you could mix it in with some wild rice, sweet potatoes, spinach and blue cheese for a hot salad.
Tacos: Who doesn’t love tacos? Cut through the fat of the beef with a tart roasted tomato and chile salsa. You can also add a lot veggies like spinach and sweet potatoes to your taco so that you can go “light” on the beef.
Sandwiches: This where you can have a whole of fun with leftover pot roast! Make a grilled cheese with fontina, mushroom and caramelized onions. You can also make a cold roast beef sandwich like I did with arugula, red onions and gruyere on a baguette.
Soup: Make a fast soup from the pantry/freezer with barley, potatoes, canned tomatoes, vegetables and beef stock. Add in some beef at the end for an extra dose of protein and flavor. You could also make a Mexican black black bean and tomato soup with just a few pieces of beef mixed in.
Burritos: A perfect grab and go meal that you can also throw in the freezer for later on. Make our sweet potato and black bean breakfast burritos but replace the eggs with the pot roast. Wrap and and go or wrap and freeze.
Pasta: Leftover pot roast or roast beef is perfect for a beef and mushroom stroganoff over some egg noodle. For something a little more decadent, try mixing into some spinach macaroni and cheese or cacio e pepe.