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Dec 26, 2008 08:33 AM

Leftover rib roast... what to do??

I have a fully cooked 5 lb boneless rib roast that I cooked up for Christmas dinner left over. There was a ton of food! It's just my husband, myself, and two small kids... we can't possibly eat that much in the next couple of days. Is there any way to freeze the roast? Or will it change the texture of the meat? How would it be recooked? Or would that ruin it? Any other suggestions? I'd hate to waste so much food. Thanks!!!

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  1. As to freezing the roast, I have never done so, but it's a better alternative than wasting any portion of it in any way, If you were to freeze it, when you ultimately re-use the roast for another day, I would suggest you completely defrost in the refrigerator, which may take two days, then take out and let stand for a couple of hours before reheating at a low temperature of 215-225* to warm the roast. High heat will affect the temperature/doneness...which would be a shame. i have used this exact method with Pork Loin Roasts with little effect on quality on meats frozen for a short period of time(one week).

    Our family's Beef Roasts were a Rib Eye and a Sirloin Strip for yesterday's festivities...both cooked to medium-rare, taken out at 135 and 130 degrees respectively. Reheating individual portions for later inch cuts in a fry pan on medium heat for 3. 5 minutes on each side.....warmed each cut up nicely enough without changing the original temperature or texture of the beef...only enough to warm the meat through.

    For leftovers.....the ultimate Roast Beef Sandwich...or French Dip..meat sliced as thin as possible. Other suggestions include julienne slices for salads(Steak or Chef) or atop Ramen Soup bowls with Asian Vegetables.

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    1. re: fourunder

      Yum! In addition to the 5 lb roast we had a 7 lb roast, salmon smoked on the grill, homemade manicotti, meatballs, and a bunch of sides... all this for 15 adults, two of whom are vegetarian! Guess my eyes were bigger than my stomach when I made all of that food! Now I just have to lay off the chocolate and start on that French Dip...

      1. re: cjc519


        I would be happy and honored to be an invited guest to your home anytime.

    2. It's cooked, I assume. I found a recipe for Roast Beef Manana a number of years ago in a California Wine Cookbook. Slice the leftover roast about 1/2 to 3/4 and freeze. Thaw it when you're ready.

      Saute some onions in butter, Add some flour so it will make enough for a basis for a gravy and cook a few minutes. The gravy should cover about half the slice. Add a 1-to-1 ratio of red wine and beef broth and make into a gravy. Add the roast beef slices and heat through, about 3-4 minutes a side. a little Summer Savory and garlic adds a bit of panache. So does a dash of Worcestershire.

      Nice with potatoes and french bread and some type of veg.

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      1. re: FriedClamFanatic

        Cooked it freezes well .My experiance is that special care with the the reheating ,so that it don't become tough and flavorless.One of my favorite reheats is with thin slices at near to room temperature as possible ,then placed between freshly toasted bread then quickly open the sandwich add condiments cheese e.v.o.s&p etc. then close sandwich you dont want to loose the heat.The heat will render the fat and increase the flavor.This is what I'm planning to eat soon.

        1. re: scunge

          Thank you all! It is cooked, so I will slice it and freeze the individual slices. Seems like the trick is to be very careful when reheating. The roast beef recipe sounds really good and easy!

          1. re: cjc519

            obvious recommendation, but make sure you wrap it in foil or plastic wrap so that it does not oxidize/dry out.

            1. re: cjc519

              Yep, and it is very important to let it come to room temp before you quickly sear it or toss it around on a hot skillet a couple of times. Especially if you prefer medium-rare. I'd slice it thinly after you've warmed it.

              Eat it on crusty rolls w/ melted provolone cheese and carmelized onions and a good slather of mayo. Mmmmm.

        2. My English stepfather recalled that in his Edwardian childhood the Sunday "joint" was always returned to the table on Monday with the addition of mashed potatoes, which had been schmeared all over the (partially carved and eaten) roast, browned thus in the oven. This would certainly make all the meat well-done, after the second trip to the oven, but it's an interesting idea.

          1. I often make a "Philly" style "cheese-roast" sandwich when faced with the similar opportunity (I can't call it a dilemma!). Cut the roast as thinly as possible, and lay aside at room temperature whilst you thinly slice, and then fry up, some onions in butter. Once the onions have softened, turn on your broiler, and, taking a portion of baguette to your liking, cut that into halves. Toss the beef with the onions while you search for your favourite cheese (not Cheez-Whiz for this application!). Scoop the beef/onion mix onto each half of bread, top with cheese, and pop under the broiler until it melts. Squash the two halves together (I like to put a small amount of HP sauce on them first, but I'm Canadian..), and enjoy. Goes great on a cold winter night, especially if you have a favourite soup on the side.

            1. I love hot roast beef sandwiches. I cut up the roast as thinly as
              possible, put enough for one meal into sandwich bags,
              double wrap and freeze. Also good for cold sandwiches,
              stir-fry, stroganoff and oher dishes. I avoid overheating
              to keep as much of the rare-meat flavor
              as possible.