Recipe courtesy of Robert Nava

Pot Roast Sandwich

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 3 hr 20 min
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 3 hr
  • Yield: 20 (5-ounce) portions
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Ingredients

12 pounds flat bottom round

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Oil, for griddle

1 pound chopped carrots

1 pound chopped celery

2 pounds Spanish onion

5 bay leaves

1 sprig fresh thyme

2 gallon water

For each sandwich:

1 old-fashioned bun

Butter

3 ounces coleslaw

1 slice kosher pickle

3 ounces French fries

Depot spice

1 (5-ounce) portion pot roast

3 ounces brown gravy

1-ounce fried onions

Directions

  1. For the pot-roast sandwich:
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. On a cutting board, cut the flat bottom round into 3-inch pieces. Season cut meat on both sides with kosher salt and black pepper. Add the meat to a lightly oiled griddle and brown well on both sides. Transfer the browned meat in a deep roasting pan. Add the chopped carrots, celery and onions around meat along with the bay leaves and fresh thyme. Pour in the water, cover with foil, and put into the oven for 3 hours. Remove the roasting pan from the oven and discard the foil. Remove the meat to a clean sheet pan and allow to cool slightly. Strain the liquid into a clean container and store in the refrigerator for future use. When the pot roast is cool enough to handle use clean latex gloves to shred the pot roast. Put the shredded meat into portion-size bags each weighing 5 ounces.
  4. Plating the pot roast sandwich: Heat the pot roast liquid in a small pot over low heat.
  5. For each serving:
  6. Split and butter an old fashioned bun and warm it on the griddle for about 1 minute. On an oval platter put 3 ounces of coleslaw at the 3:00 position with a pickle slice. Now put the lightly browned old fashioned bun at the 12:00 and 6:00 position. Place 3 ounces of French fries into the deep-fat fryer and cook until they are a light brown. Remove the French fries from fryer to paper towels to drain, and then season with the depot spice. Put the seasoned French fries at the 9:00 position. Dip the portion of pot roast into the hot liquid and put on the bottom of the bun, using a slotted spoon. Ladle 3 ounces of brown gravy over the pot roast and French fries. Top with 1-ounce of fried onions, and then lean the top of the bun against it. Serve at once.

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