On a day so cold that school is cancelled or on a day that there is so much snow that school is cancelled. When the world seems to overwhelm us. When we haven’t been as successful at something as we wanted to be or could have been. When the dreary skies have us feeling low. What do you reach for?

It’s those foods and meals that we reach for that are our comfort foods. It’s that food or meal we crave, that we hope will lift our spirits and make us feel better.

As a child, one of those comfort foods was a hot beef sandwich. I still make them now, especially when the wind is blowing and dreary clouds cover the sky or the world seems too much to deal with.

Mom would use the left-over Sunday roast and make these on Monday evenings.

Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography at

Image courtesy of Serge Bertasius Photography at


roast beef (left-over is great because all the flavors have truly mingled together – especially if you let the beef sleep overnight in the juices)

mashed potatoes


gravy (We use gravy in a jar. I’ve made gravy in the past, but the flavor just isn’t there.)


Heat the beef in the oven. I hate the microwave so I put my beef into a foil pouch with a little of the meat juices and put it in a 350 degree oven to warm.

Peel, cube, and boil a potato or two. (I’m cooking for only myself or my husband and me.) When potatoes are fork tender (about 5-10 minutes of boiling), strain. Return potatoes to the pan and smash with a potato masher. Add milk and butter to the pan and continue to smash the mixture until fluffy. I like fresh mashed potatoes, especially with the skin on.

Pour the gravy into a pan and heat.

When everything is hot, assemble the “sandwich.”

Two slices of bread on the plate.

Beef on both slices of bread.

A generous scoop of potatoes on top of the beef.

Ladle gravy over potatoes and beef and bread.

Sit down with your knife and fork and enjoy. Let the beef, potatoes, and gravy soothe your soul.



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