Roast Beef Sandwich

There's no doubt about it, properly made roast beef sandwiches are truly delicious. I love them with horseradish sauce and ginger. They are also great with a little mint, either as a garnish or in the sandwich itself.

If you have a roast dinner the evening before, beef sandwiches are easy to make from the left over meat. You can buy meat from the deli counter of a good supermarket. But in my experience, this meat is never so good really. Personally, I would rather either use planned left-overs.

If you like, you can flavour the beef in some way before cooking. There are some lovely rubs you can use to flavour the meat before you cook it, giving just a plain roast beef sandwich a real edge.

My favourite way to cook beef is to post-roast it. The meat is always so tender and moist when it's cooked this way.

With beef sandwiches, I do think that you need to be generous with the filling, and with the seasonging. Cut into triangles, squares or fingers. As ever, crusts should be cut off. Afternoon tea is a refined affair.

Roast Beef Sandwich

Makes 3 or 4 small tea sandwiches

2 slices bread
Slices of beef
1/4 tbsp horseradish sauce
(recipe below)
1/4 tsp very finely grated ginger

  • Butter both slices of bread.

  • Slice the beef into very thin slices and lay it on one slice of the bread. You can put several slices of wafer thin beef into each sandwich - don't skimp on the filling, or you won't be able to taste the meat.

  • Season to taste with the salt.

  • Mix the ginger together with the horseradish sauce.

  • Spread a thin layer on the top slice of bread.

  • Lay the second slice on top, press down lightly and cut the crusts off. Cut the sandwich into four triangles, fingers or squares. If you make fingers, cut it into three.

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Horseradish Sauce

To be honest, I usually just buy jars of horseradish already prepared. Just make sure you buy a good quality one... However, occasionally I have fresh horseradish from the garden, and then I do prepare it and freeze it in batches, ready to make up into sauce as we need it.

Rather than me explain again how to prepare horseradish, I'll direct you to a great page that tells you exactly how to go about preparing fresh horseradish. Horseradish has to be prepared before it can be used to make the horseradish sauce.

This recipe is best made with double cream.  However, I have difficulty getting hold of double cream and so we use whipping cream.... If you use whipping cream, you have to whip it until it is quite stiff, or the sauce will be too runny.

 1-2 tablespoon prepared horseradish
 1/2 tablespoon cider vinegar
 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
 1/4 cup double cream

  • Mix together the horseradish, vinegar, mustard and mayonnaise in a small bowl.

  • If using heavy (double) cream, lightly whip.

  • If using whipping cream, whip until stiff.

  • Fold the horseradish ingredients into the cream.

    This will make about half a cup of horseradish sauce which you can eat with your roast beef dinner, making sure you save a small amount for tea sandwiches.

Serve with

Serve beef sandwiches with a nice black tea such as English Breakfast. As part of an afternoon spread, beef sandwiches go very well with tomato sandwiches, salmon sandwiches and watercress sandwiches.

If you're looking for something sweet to serve with roast beef sandwiches, think of something fairly robust, like vanilla cupcakes, snickerdoodle cookies or apple fruit cake.