Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Roast Beef Sandwich

I love a roast beef sandwich and one of my fondest memories as a child was going to the Long Acres and ordering their roast beef and eating while watching the horse race. I have tried to recreate that sandwich over and over but never got it just right, close but not perfect. However this sandwich is not the one at long acres it is to me the classic roast beef and cheddar that I like to have once in awhile. To me the beef must be sliced fresh and used that day so, I only buy enough beef for just one or two sandwiches. After a day or two the meat drys out and becomes undesirable. Living in NYC for 15 years I have become a deli meat connoisseur and quite a snob about it. I've also become the sandwich queen in my family so give this one a try and let me know what you think.

1 french baguette
1/4 lb Roast beef sliced thin
2 tbs butter
5 thin slices of red onion
4 slices of cheddar cheese
4 thin slices of tomato
handful of mix lettuce
2 tbs mayo
1 tbs yellow mustard
salt and pepper


Slice half baguette in half. I like to butter each side lightly and toast under the broiler for about 2-3 minutes. You don't have to do it but I find baguette to be tough and very chewy. If you toast it you make it much more tender and easier to bite through. Add mayo on each side and mustard on the top. On the bottom add roast beef and salt and pepper. Dont' be shy with it because beef can be very bland. Add tomato, cheese, lettuce and onion. I like to slice mine in half and then in half again. Smaller makes it easier to handle. I don't like when you take a bit and all the insides get pushed to the end and sometimes out of the bread.

Let me know how you like to eat yours. I am always looking for new ideas.


  1. My daughter loves roast beef sandwich. It's the only one my daughter gets when were at our local sandwich or market caff. Hubs will like this recipe.

  2. I love roast beef sandwich too. Yours looks superb. I always like mine with Dijon or English mustard rather than yellow. I love the more intense spiciness.

  3. The sandwich look delicious. I would to have one too... =)

  4. This looks yum!!!! Definitely gonna try it, I just bought some sliced roast beef =D

  5. This looks delicious. Love the red onions and colorful lettuce. Lovely sandwich. :)

  6. Now this looks like my kind of sandwich! Loaded with meat and lot's of condiments. Yum!

  7. This had me drooling. I'm a new follower of yours, as well!

  8. My childhood memories of the roast beef sandwich at Longacres is different as it was back in the late 60s to early 70s. Mine were of the thin-sliced roast beef that was kept warm in beef stock. I recreate mine with country white bread, mayo, sliced dill pickle, american cheese, then add the hot beef and wrap it up as they are messy. A shortcut is to buy deli roast beef, set it on a plate and top with the cheese, then put it in the microwave at 1/2 power for a couple minutes. Then add it to the sandwich. My dad was a horse trainer at Longacres and every summer I looked forward to those great sandwiches. I think the sandwich you remember replaced the hot roast beef sandwiches.

    1. You described that sandwich perfectly. I often wonder if they still sell them. My grandpa raised race horses and is why we often went to there. I am going to use your suggestions and give it a try. Thanks for sharing.