Roast Beef Sandwich Spread

Roast Beef Sandwich Spread This Roast Beef Sandwich Spread came about over the weekend when I had leftover beef that I needed to use, but not enough to serve a full second dinner from. I vaguely remembered my mother making something like this when I was younger, so I decided to give it a whirl myself. (Sorry, bad food processor joke.)

Anyway… my husband takes lunch with him to work every day, so I often make spreads on the weekend to speed up sandwich-making all week long. He loves tuna salad and chicken spread, but I didn’t have any of those meats leftover. I had plenty of leftover roast beef, though, so I decided to give roast beef sandwich spread a try. He used half the container on crackers yesterday, then ate more as a late-night snack last night, I have to assume this recipe’s a winner in his book.

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Roast Beef Sandwich Spread
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An easy-to-make sandwich spread using leftover roast beef. Try it on a nice multi-grain bread with lettuce, tomato and thinly sliced red onion for a delicious lunch.
Recipe type: Lunch
Cuisine: American
Serves about: 3 cups
  • 1 lb. cooked roast beef, cubed
  • ½ medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise (or combination of mayo and Greek yogurt)
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a food processor, chop roast beef, onions, celery and pickle relish together. (Or chop by hand using a knife.)
  2. Add mayonnaise, horseradish, onion powder and garlic powder. Combine.
  3. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Serve on bread or crackers.


As you can see, it’s not really the most photogenic spread, but it’s sure easy to make. Since I used my food processor, I got the smooth, uniform texture I wanted due to some dental problems my husband’s been having (and because my son won’t eat sandwich spreads that obviously contain vegetables).

You could skip the processor and use a knife to chop your veggies larger if you like, or go ahead and process everything but the veggies and stir them in at the end. And, of course, feel free to play with the flavorings. Love horseradish? Bump it up! Prefer pickles? Add extra. It’s really up to you. I haven’t tried it, but I bet you could even use Dijon or a good grainy brown mustard in place of the horseradish, even.

Like I mentioned, my husband loved this stuff on rye crackers. I had it in the sandwich you see in the photo above and, let me just say, I’ll be making roast beef sandwich spread from now on when we have leftover pot roast. It beats the pants off a sandwich made using cold slabs of gray meat any day!

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  • Sarah

    Just wanted to share that I have a recipe party going on over at Man Approved Diet. I’d love for you to stop by and bring a dish to share!

    • Katie B.

      Thanks, Sarah! Um, do you plan to display the thumbnails?

  • Holly

    My hubby and I are fans of roast beef and this looks delicious. Found you through Make it Pretty Monday. I’ve pinned this to my Sandwich board. I am now following.
    Would love for you to share at the Creative Corner Hop.
    Holly’s Stamping Addiction

    • Katie B.

      Thanks for the Pin, Holly! I hope you and your husband enjoy the recipe. :)

  • Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    This looks so fresh and yummy. (all but the onion, I’m not big on raw onions) But I will be making it. I would love for you to come join my link party going on now over at
    Happy Easter,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

    • Katie B.

      Thanks, Wanda! I’m not a big fan of raw onions, either, but the photo needed them for color. LOL

  • Jessica @ The Junk Nest

    OMG….my mouth is watering! Darnit!!!! lol

    Thanks for sharing!!


    • Katie B.

      It’s good stuff!

  • Andrea

    This sounds great! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from A Glimpse Inside :)

  • Kristen

    This looks so yummy… I love sandwiches spreads they are great for camping, or enjoying at the beach. I will have to give this a try the next time I have leftover roast beef. Thank you for sharing.

    • Katie B.

      They’re great for telling your kids “Go make yourself a sandwich”, too!

  • walter

    i have tried one simular to yours——venison about 1/2 lb–small white onion& celery–into prosessor, then 4 boild eggs mashed–add salt–pepper curry powder–italion seasoning–turomic powder- 2tbl spoon olive oil–2 tbl spoon white viniger–3 large tbl spoon mayo-also 4 dashes of worster sause, blend all together— chill –serve—
    my wife can,t put it down
    try it too you might like it


    • Katie Berry

      Sounds good! I’m always looking for ways to use turmeric as a seasoning.

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