While you may not always have the time to prepare a hearty meal for the family, you can plan ahead thereby serving a nice feast that only took a short time to heat and serve. The following recipe is adapted from: Williams-Sonoma‘s FoodMadeFast: Make Ahead
Beef Salad with Mango
Prepare a large roast and you’ll have enough extra beef for at least two more meals. The roast has a smokiness that enhances the flavor of a sweet and spicy salad, a beef hash and a spicy Thai curry.
- 6 pounds shoulder roast, trimmed of excess fat
- Salt and ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- Lime juice from 1 lime
- 1/3 cup canola oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 2 mangos, peeled, pitted and sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
- 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
- 4 cups (4 ounces) mixed greens
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint, slivered
- Roast the beef – Preheat the oven to 350 F. Season the beef generously with salt and pepper and place in a shallow roasting pan just large enough to hold it comfortably. Roast, tuning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of the beef reads 130 F. for medium rare (about 80 minutes), or until the desired level of doneness. Transfer to a carving board and allow to rest for 10-15 minutes before carving.
- Assemble the salad – Thinly slice 4 portions of the beef, reserving the remaining beef for other meals .* Cut each slice into strips. In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, lime zest, and juice. Whisk in the canola and sesame oils. Add the beef, mango, bell pepper, and shallot and toss evenly with the vinaigrette. Divide the greens among individual plates and top with the beef-mango mixture. Sprinkle with mint and serve.
Makes about 4 1/2 pounds of sliced or shredded beef total.
* Storage Tip
To store the remaining beef, let the roast cool to room temperature, wrap tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 3 days. For the most succulent and tender results, do not slice the chilled beef until ready to serve. To slice, use a chef’s or other large, sharp knife, and thinly slice against the grain.
Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!