There’s no getting away from it, many of still enjoy a good old roast dinner (even if we treat ourselves mid-week and not just on the traditional Sunday). It’s great if the family devours the roast during the meal, but it’s a shame to waste the meat, particularly if you have bought a quality joint from your local butcher.
In fact, at Hugh Phillips Gower Butcher, we are often asked for tips on what to do with any leftovers from a roasting joint. We all know that quality cuts will make great additions to tasty sandwiches or healthy salads, but did you know that you can also add them to curries, stews and soups. One tip though, you can’t rely on your leftover meat to add flavour from its cooking juices, so you will need to add flavour and taste in other ways.
Here are some suggestions for using the leftovers from your roasting joint to avoid waste but still create a tasty snack or meal.
Leftover Roast Beef Sandwich
To create a really tasty roast beef sandwich, you can add less traditional ingredients than mustard or horseradish. Why not try spreading a layer of pesto onto the bread (fresh or toasted) then add some sweet roasted peppers, a slice of blue cheese (or any other type you may prefer) and nice thick layer of the beef. Delicious!!!
Moroccan Stew For Roast Meats
In this recipe for Moroccan stew, courtesy of the Guardian Life Style section, you can use cuts of leftover lamb, beef or chicken. This type of thickened stew is a great way to provide a succulent sauce for meat that has already been cooked. Don’t be put off by the list of ingredients, as most of these are staples that you are likely to find in your kitchen cupboards already.
Chorizo, Mushroom and Cream Sauce
This easy to make sauce, from the same section of the Guardian, is not just easy to make but will go with any leftover roast meat as well as an addition to other meals like pasta or baked potatoes. And you can get the chorizo for this dish from our sister company in Swansea Market, Deli Cymreig.
Other Leftover Meat Recommendations
You can use leftover meat in many other dishes including pies (with your favourite fillings though you will need to ensure that the filling is very succulent to avoid the meat drying out); spicy rice dishes like Jambalya or noodle soup (which is particularly good for leftover meat as the sauce is light keeping the meat extra moist).
If you have a chicken or turkey carcass, it’s really easy to make simple stock by just boiling the bones with vegetables and seasoning. You can even add in less popular cuts like the chicken wings to add further flavour.
High Phillips Gower Butcher
We hope these tips will help you to make the most of your leftover roasting joints. After all, when you’ve spent a few bob on good quality meat, the last thing you want to do is waste any!! Call into our shop in Swansea Market, and don’t forget Deli Cymreig just around the corner for those additional ingredients, for your favourite roast – and then think how you’re going to make the most of the leftovers.