Best Roast Beef Sandwich Recipe 2021

Roast Beef Sandwich Recipe

Best Roast Beef Sandwich Recipe 2021

Roast Beef Sandwich Recipe with Horseradish Cream is absolutely loaded up with flavor, from the thinly sliced roast beef to the roasted potatoes, to the horseradish cream, if you want delicious, then this is the sandwich for you.

I’m so guilty of always saying that the simpler food is the better, and for the most part I totally agree with my statement, then enter this…

However, when it comes to the art of the sandwich, the more ingredients the merrier, to me anyway, and this sandwich delivers. I’m talking I want an entire garden in between two delicious slices of artisanal bread, or even some homemade pita bread, with some meat in it.

Turkey sandwiches on some wonder bread with mayo are only cool when you’re in college or the day after Thanksgiving, but when you get to play grown-up you’re going to want a big old fat sandwich like this one packed with goodies and a tasty horseradish cream sauce.

What Type of Bread to Use?

The first thing to decide on is bread for this recipe.  This alone can go several different ways and really there are no bad choices.

The bread that I would recommend using would be:

  • Ciabatta
  • French
  • Sourdough
  • Kaisar
  • Croissant
  • Rustic Artisan

Since you are peeping in on this, I’ll let you know that I went with a Kaiser roll and it goes great.

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What Kind of Meat to Use?

Next is picking the roast beef.  If you were an absolute baller you would roast your own prime rib roast and thinly slice, but most if you won’t be doing that and neither did I.

Since most of you won’t be doing that, simply ask your butcher or folks up at the deli to slice up some roast beef and a little on the thicker side for this.  There are several brands to choose from including:

  • Greenridge Farm
  • Boar’s Head
  • Deitz and Watson
  • Applegate

What Cheese Goes Best?

There are several kinds of cheese that go great with roast beef, and while I didn’t use sliced cheese I did use parmesan cheese in the horseradish cream sauce.  Some other cheeses that go excellent with roast beef are:

  • Blue Cheese
  • Cheddar
  • Asiago
  • Gouda
  • Fontina

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What To Serve with Roast Beef Sandwich?

A few potato chips are the obvious choice to accompany any sandwich, whether they are store-bought chips or homemade air-fried potato chips, but there are a number of salads that would fit perfectly with these delicious sandwiches.

You could make a classic potato salad, a pasta salad, or a cauliflower salad, but I think this cucumber salad with creamy Vidalia onion dressing would be a delicious match.

Just remember that if you’re taking these sandwiches on a picnic or an outdoor excursion, both the sandwiches and salad should be kept cold in a cooler.

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6 Servings1 Hour 30 Mins1 Hour 30 Mins


1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
6 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3/4 cup mayonnaise
3/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons jarred grated horseradish (with liquid)
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Freshly ground black pepper
Hot sauce
6 Kaiser rolls
12 slices vine-ripened tomatoes
24 ounces freshly sliced rare roast beef
3 loosely packed cups watercress or arugula, or a combination of both


  1. In a small bowl, mix together the onion and 1 tablespoon of the salt. Set aside for 20 minutes. Rinse the onions with cold running water. Drain and squeeze to remove excess liquid. Combine the onions and the vinegar and marinate at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, horseradish, zest, and 2 teaspoons salt. Season generously with pepper and hot sauce to taste. Refrigerate the horseradish sauce for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the broiler. Slice the rolls in half lengthwise. Using your hands, shallowly scoop out the inside of each half. Transfer the rolls to a baking sheet and arrange scooped-side up. Toast the rolls under the broiler for about 1 minute. Slather the inside of the rolls with the horseradish sauce. On each of the roll bottoms, layer 2 tomato slices and season with salt and pepper to taste. Top the tomatoes with some of the roast beef overlapped into “ruffles” and season with salt and pepper. Top the meat with some of the onions and watercress and cover with the tops of the roll. Serve immediately.

What goes well on roast beef sandwich?

One idea is to place a slice of red pepper, avocado or tomato on a slice of deli roast beef. Top with a basil leaf and a piece of mozzarella cheese. Roll the slice of beef up tightly. Serve with carrots or cucumbers for a healthy lunch.

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Is a roast beef sandwich healthy?

A plain, Roast Beef Classic Sandwich is a decent choice for controlling calories. But skip the melted cheese, mayo, and the “horsey” sauce (50 calories and 5 g of fat in a tiny packet.)

What bread goes with roast?

The flaky, golden goodness of a freshly baked biscuit rounds out a dinner of pot roast and hot, spicy greens. Cornbread also goes well with pot roast, though it’s not as good for sopping up the gravy as biscuits or sliced bread.

The nutrient tally before additions is 360 calories, 14 g fat, and 5 g saturated fat.

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How long is roast beef good for?

USDA recommends using cooked beef within 3 to 4 days, kept refrigerated (40°F or less). Refrigeration slows but does not stop bacterial growth. USDA recommends using cooked leftovers within 3 to 4 days.


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