Today would have been my Mama’s 73rd birthday and, like we did every year on her birthday (and every year since she moved to Heaven) we’ll be having her very favorite dinner… a Hot Roast Beef Sandwich.
This was also our traditional meal at the Newberry’s lunch counter in Downtown Portland every Christmas season, when we made our annual trek to the “big city” to see the window displays, ride the Christmas monorail, and get my picture taken with Santa.
Every bite of the delicious comfort food dinner brings a wave of happy childhood memories.
Mama’s Favorite Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches
2 carrots, cut into large chunks
1/2 bunch of celery, leaves removed
1 sweet onion, peeled, ends trimmed, quartered root to stem
1/2 lb white mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 lbs beef top round roast
4 garlic cloves, halved
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 cup Montreal Steak Seasoning
1/2 cup red wine
1 stick butter
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbs. browning liquid
8 slices white bread, for serving
Creamy Mashed Potatoes
Preheat the oven to 350F. Place the carrots, celery, mushrooms, and onion in the bottom of a roasting pan, and add wine and just enough water to just cover the vegetables.
Poke 8 holes in the sides and top of your roast and inster the the garlic pieces. Rub the whole roast with oil and sprinnkle generously on all sides with steak seasoning.
Over medium-high heat, heat a dry skilliet for 5-8 minutes and sear all sides of the roast until well browned.
Place the roast on top of the veggies (do not wash the skillet – we’ll use it again), cover the pan with foil, and roast until the meat reaches 130F (about 2 hours). Move the roast to a cutting board and let it rest for 30 minutes. Then move to the fridge to chill for 2 hours.
Strain the roasting-pan juices; discard the vegetables (do not wipe out the pan!) Melt the butter in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour to make a roux, and whisk until the roux is a golden brown, and smells nutty. Slowly whisk the roasting pan juices and the browning liquid, and simmer until thickened, whisking constantly.
Slice the roast beef as thin as possible, and add the slices to the hot gravy. Set a slice of bread on each plate, and heap with beef gravy mixture.
Top the beef with another slice and bread, add potatoes to the plate, and ladle the remaining gravy on top.
Happy birthday, Mama!
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