Roast Beef Sandwiches

Roast Beef

Making mouth-watering roast beef sandwiches for your picnic couldn't be easier. Often beef sandwiches are served hot with gravy and fried onion but for a picnic it is more convenient to take sandwiches made with cold meat.

You can use roast beef slices that are left over from a meal or buy thinly sliced beef from a deli or supermarket. This works well if you are only catering for a few people but if you need to feed a larger group you may like to roast your own meat.

Roast Your Own Beef

Choose a piece of topside or rump for roasting. Don't start to cook meat that is too cold. Bring it to room temperature before you start to cook it.

  • Preheat oven to 180°c
  • Coat the bottom of a frying pan with oil. When the pan is really hot hold our joint with kitchen tongs and sear it on all sides. This browns the outside of the joint and seals in the meat juices.
  • Place the joint on a rack in a baking dish and cook for 30 minutes per kilo and 15 minutes extra ( if you like meat rare) or 40 minutes per kilo and an extra 30 minutes ( if you like it well done).
  • If you are using a temperature probe allow the middle of the joint to reach 70 degrees C.
  • Remove the roast from the oven and let it to rest for at least half an hour before carving. This allows the meat to relax and hold its juices.

If you are using the meat for a picnic do not cook it too well or your sandwiches will be dry. Roast the joint the day before and keep it covered in the fridge to use in the morning. Be sure to cut the beef into thin slices so it is easy to eat .

Use Quality Breads

Choose a sturdy type of bread. Rolls or crunchy baguettes are great for roast beef sandwiches. Use grain or wholemeal bread for extra texture.

Use Piquant Flavours With Beef

Try Hot English Mustard, Milder Dijon Mustard, sweet Honey Mustard or smooth Horseradish Sauce.


  • Mayonnaise
  • Pickles
  • Cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Dried or fresh tomatoes
  • Olives
  • Capsicum
  • Asparagus
  • Watercress
  • Rocket

Some Recipe Ideas

Roast Beef and Olives

  • 8 slices vienna loaf
  • Honey mustard
  • 4 slices of roast beef
  • 4 slices of tasty cheese
  • 1 sliced capsicum
  • 2 sliced tomatoes
  • Stuffed olives, sliced
Roast Beef and Olives

Spread 4 slices of bread with honey mustard.

Layer slices of roast beef, cheese, capsicum, tomatoes and olives on to the bread slices.

Top with the remaining bread slices. Wrap them tightly to take to a picnic.

Beef and Horseradish Baguette

Beef Baguette
  • 85g sour cream
  • 2 tbs horseradish relish
  • 1pkt onion soup mix
  • 1 1/2 tbs Dijon mustard
  • Salt & black pepper
  • 8 Bagettes
  • 16 slices of roast beef
  • 1 bunch rocket,washed
  • Salt and pepper

Combine sour cream, onion soup mix, horseradish, pepper and salt to taste (onion soup mix is often salty so go easy on the salt). Slice the bagettes and spread with the horseradish cream mixture. Top each one with 2 slices of roast beef and some rocket. Cut each baguette in half. Makes 16 sandwiches.

Tangy Beef Sandwich

  • 8 slices of roast beef
  • 4 Rolls
  • 1/4 cup of plain yogurt
  • 2 tbls crumbled blue cheese
  • Shredded lettuce
  • 1 cup sun-dried tomatoes
  • Mix the yogurt and crumbled cheese together to form a sauce.
  • Slice the rolls open and spread with the cheese mixture.
  • Top each roll with 2 slices of roast beef, lettuce and tomatoes.

Beef and Watercress

  • 4 Bread Rolls
  • 4 slices roast beef
  • 4 slices cheese
  • 1 bunch watercress
  • 4 tomatoes, sliced
  • 4 gerkins, sliced
  • Honey Mustard
Beef and Watercress

Slice each bread roll. Fill each one with a slice of beef , a slice of cheese, tomato, gerkin and watercress.

Makes 4 sandwich rolls.

These are just some suggestions for ways to make roast beef sandwiches .

Experiment with your own range of ingredients and create your own flavours.

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