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Two adults regularly eat dinner at my house: my husband and me. My son is 4, and that means that on occasion (pasta night) he can put it away like an adult, but other times (casseroles!) he won't eat anything at all. I'll average that out to ½ a serving. My baby is almost 1, so she eats less than ¼ what the rest of us do. That comes out to fewer than 3 full-sized people eating at my dinner table on any given night. So a big ol' roast is a daunting proposition—or a fabulous opportunity for some tasty leftovers. We had a giant roast the other night, and last night I started in on what must be a couple pounds of leftover beef. Surprise! We had burritos. (I live in the Southwest; what can I say? Post your regional favorites below and I'll try them out.)
I started by making a sauce for the beef: I warmed some olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat, then added some seasonings: cumin, chile powder and Mexican oregano. Then I added tomato paste to the skillet and stirred that a bit to cook it. Before it had a chance to burn, I added a scant ¼ cup water to make a sauce and some salt. Then I stirred in the chopped roast beef and heated it through. (The beef was very lightly sauced.)
To build the burritos, I used the microwave. I put a (medium-size) flour tortilla on a plate, and put shredded Colby-Jack cheese and cooked rice down the middle (not very much; it didn't seem like enough but it was). Warmed that for 30 seconds in the microwave, and then I topped it with the beef, chopped tomato and arugula. Fold, fold, fold. I served the burritos with salsa, but we didn't need it.
I still have roast beef left; with some improvisation, one of these may end up on our plates in the next couple of days:
[link href="https://landcruisers.info/Recipes/Beef-Gyros-Recipe" link_updater_label="external_hearst" target="_blank"]Beef Gyros
What kind of meat or poultry do you usually have as leftovers? What do you make with it? — Kim Walker