Roast beef is as literal a label for a beef as can be. It is beef that has been roasted. Roast beef is a staple in many countries as it is easy to cook and can be transformed into any number of dishes. A whole roast can provide not just a delicious dinner, but leftovers for sandwiches, soups, stews, hash, and casseroles. What Sunday dinner would be complete without a roast, gravy, and mashed potatoes? Roast beef sandwiches are a smash hit during play-off sports games, especially when served with lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, creamy horseradish sauce, potato chips or French fries and a nice, cold beer. Most people relish a roast beef sandwich on Beefsteak Rye, but white, sourdough, and wheat bread are popular choices, too.
The first roast beef sandwich is thought to have originated in South Dakota under the name “Beefsteak Toast”. It was a simple serving of cold beef and bread with a dish of gravy. In 1900, The Washington Post basically dug a grave for the meal they labeled as “unattractive” and dismissed the sandwich altogether. By 1931, the general public disagreed with The Washington Post and brought the simple sandwich back, but in a much bigger way. Since then, the roast beef sandwich has seen a hundred different makeovers with assorted breads, condiments, sauces, different types of beef, and has gone to the grill accommodating those that prefer their sandwiches hot and grilled.
Whichever beef type is being cooked for dinner will make the next day’s sandwich fabulous. Roast beef is as popular a dinner as it is a sandwich and whatever beef cut is cooked, it promises to please. Some great meat for roast beef dinner and roast beef sandwiches is rump roast or round beef, eye of round, sirloin strip or any meat that is good slicing meat. A chuck roast is not a good example of meat suitable for sandwich making. Though it is often used as pot roast, it tends to be on the tougher side. It should be slow cooked, even braised, but even so, it is not the best roast for a sandwich.
- Roast beef is England’s national dish.
- Roast beef is traditional holiday meat.
- Arby’s first restaurant opened in 1964 and the only item on the menu was roast beef sandwiches, potato chips, and the only drink served was iced tea.
- Chicken is the most ordered item in a restaurant; roast beef is second.