Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Roast 3 ways

Here is the tale of a little old Roast  beef.... cooked 3 different ways.... talk about stretching your food $.... one piece of meat made into 3 different dishes...talk about putting a spin on leftovers :)
It started out with making a traditional beef roast with vegetables (carrots, potatoes, onions, celery ) and having leftovers that needed re-inventing.... so that is how Beef Hash came about.... then with the remaining leftovers.. I was thinking should I just throw these out but NO, cause I HATE WASTING FOOD!!! Food is very expensive and there always have to be something that you can do with leftovers.... (well you could feed them to your dog but alas... we don't have a dog, our beloved dog Sampson died last year :(  (RIP Sampson we miss you).. so Beef Stew with Dumplings came out of those final leftovers... 3 meals out of one little roast... I would love to hear how you use leftovers.... lots of us bloggers out here are always looking for new ways to re-invent our leftovers.... see what you can come up with today... :)  enjoy

These recipes serve 4 people.  If your family is a different size adjust the size of the roast adding for more people and subtracting for less... and also if your family doesn't like these vegetables add whatever YOUR family likes... also with the seasonings...add what your family likes...

Meal #1

Roast Beef w/ vegetables
3 lb. roast
6 potatoes, quartered
1 lb. carrots (baby, chips or regular peeled and cut into chunks)
3 celery ribs, washed and ends trimmed
1 onion, sliced
1 pkg. dried onion soup mix
2 T. Worchester sauce
2 T. Red wine
1/4 cup water

In large crockpot place wine, worchester sauce & water.  Lay celery ribs lengthwise on bottom of crockpot and onion slices over the celery (making a "rack" ) for the veggies.  Place carrots & potatoes over celery & onions.  Sprinkle with 1/2 the onion soup mix.  Place roast on top of veggies and sprinkle with remaining onion soup mix.  Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.  Enjoy.  Refridgerate any leftovers saving any juice from bottom of crockpot.

Meal #2
Beef Hash

4 cups cut up leftover roast beef & veggie mixture
1/2 onion thinly sliced
2 cloves of garlic thinly sliced
2 T. bacon fat
seasoning of your choice ( I used garlic & onion powder, and seasoned salt & pepper)
I serve this with green beans, and bread & butter

In large skillet melt bacon fat over medium high heat, add onions cooking for about 3-4 minutes  or until starting to get light brown around the edges.  Add sliced garlic cooking for a couple of minutes or until garlic starts getting softened.  Add roast beef and veggies (try to not add much of the juices (you need them for the stew) and it will prevent the hash from crisiping up.  Add seasonings and saute mixture until crispy, light brown and heated through about 5-10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.    Serve with green beans (cook through) and bread and butter.  Can serve with beef gravy to drizzle over the top of hash, or ketchup (like my family likes).  Enjoy

Meal #3
Beef Stew with Dumplings
Leftover Beef roast & veggies w/juices
8oz can tomato sauce
4 cups beef broth
2 cups water
1 cup frozen mixed veggies
2 T. each red wine & worchester sauce
1 T, sugar
seasonings of your choice ( I used Mrs. Dash, parsley flakes, dried onion, seasoned salt & pepper, bay leaf)


1 1/2 cups each (Bisquick & Flour) I use heart healthy Bisquick
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. sugar
1/4tsp salt
sprinkle of parsley flakes (optional)
1 1/4 cups milk

In large soup pot place all ingredients except dumpling mix.  Bring to boil, turn down heat and simmer for 15 20 minutes until everything is heated through, turn up heat so mixture is at a rapid boil.  In bowl mix dumpling mixture (batter should be thick).  Drop by large spoonfuls around the pot into the heated stew mixture .  Bring mixture back up to boil and turn heat to medium.  Cook for 10 minutes, then cover the pot with a lid and turn  stew down to low simmer for an additonal 10 minutes or until dumpling are done.  Take a spoon and cut into dumpling to make sure center is done.  Enjoy


  1. They all sound great!! You sound like me...I usually use the left-overs from a beef roast until they are all gone. Vegetable soup and beef/potato/rival soup. I never thought about making hash. I will have to do that the next time. You are so talented with the spices and seasonings.

  2. Thank you my friend :) Right back at ya.... loving that egg post... love hardboiled eggs :) and with Ranch... genius :)