Here’s Another Pancake House Food Hack: Hot Roast Beef

August 27, 2019

I think it’s safe to say that we love Pancake House. We’ve hacked enough of their specialties to organize a themed party—ironically, sans the pancakes. (But you never know; we might decide to whip some up one of these days.) That said, we still have one more food hack up our sleeves. This time, we made their Hot Roast Beef.

Consider this beef (hot) ROASTED.

It takes about three hours to get everything together. But if you happen to have some leftover roast beef from a recent party, then lucky you; that cuts down your prep time in half. Not to toot our own horn, but this recipe may be slightly more flavorful than the original. The roast beef tastes a tad salty, but you really shouldn’t be eating it on its own. Slap it onto the sandwich, and make yourself a hefty bite of everything like a normal person. Jeez.

Pancake House’s Hot Roast Beef

  • Serves: 2 people
  • Active time: 1 hr
  • Total time: 3 hrs
  • Difficulty: Easy


Roast Beef

  • 500g beef sirloin or tenderloin, whole
  • 2 tbsp. oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup white onions, diced
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup canned button mushrooms, sliced and drained
  • 3 tbsp Knorr liquid seasoning
  • Salt, to taste

Mixed Vegetables

  • ½ cup corn kernels
  • ½ cup carrots diced
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  • 2 slices bread, about 1-inch thick
  • 2 cups lettuce, for serving
  • 1 cup mashed potatoes, for serving
  • Parsley, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Place the meat on the baking tray and coat with oil.
  3. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
  4. Place meat in oven and cook for about 1.5 hours, until the center of the roast reaches 160F.
  5. Remove beef from oven and rest for 20 minutes.
  6. Once cool enough to handle, slice beef into thin rounds.
  7. Return sliced beef to the baking tray with any liquid, then keep warm under foil.
  8. To make the gravy, melt butter and then add onions.
  9. Cook onions for about 3 minutes or until slightly translucent.
  10. Add the flour then whisk to combine.
  11. Wait for mixture to bubble then gradually add water while whisking the mixture and continue cooking until thick.
  12. Add the mushrooms and cook until just heated through, about one minute more.
  13. Add Knorr and season with salt to taste.
  14. Set aside.
  15. For the vegetables, melt butter in a small pan over medium heat.
  16. Add carrots then sauté until softened, 5-8 minutes.
  17. Add corn and continue to cook until carrots are completely tender and corn is heated through.
  18. Divide vegetable mixture into two small dishes.
  19. To assemble, place each small dish of vegetables on separate plates, then divide the lettuce and mashed potato amongst the plates.
  20. Add a slice of bread to each plate and top with slices of roast beef.
  21. Generously spoon gravy over roast beef and garnish with parsley before serving.​
Jica Simpas Jica Simpas

Jica hopes that by writing about food she'll actually learn how to cook. But for now, she'll happily just eat everything—especially cookies.

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