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Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwich Recipe

Open Roast Beef Meal
This recipe is inspired by the Open Roast Beef Sandwich at Blue Ribbon in Wauseon, Ohio

n this post, I share how I made the most tender and tasty roast beef for my husband’s favorite Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwich in an Electric Pressure Cooker.  The recipe is super simple so check out the tips and tricks featuring shortcuts below.  This was super easy to make using my favorite Power Pressure Cooker.  You can do the same recipe in an Instant Pot.

Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwich

One of my family’s favorite meals is a hot roast beef with gravy, mash potatoes, and a favorite vegetable on the side.  Today I am whipping this up in my Power Electric Pressure Cooker for my husband’s birthday dinner.  To create this dish you will need the following ingredients. Don’t forget that toward the bottom of this post you will find the details in the printable recipe section. It is really a super simple recipe.

I am super amazed at how well this turned out in the Electric Power Pressure Cooker.  My husband says this is the best Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwich he has ever had.  He compared it to the HUGE portion meal he enjoys at Blue Ribbon Diner out in Swanton Ohio.  Mine tastes like it has less salt mainly because I didn’t use the drippings from the bottom of the pan for the gravy.

Serving Suggestions for the Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwich

In the recipe feature here I use an additional package of McCormick brand Brown Gravy Mix.  Just follow the recipe directions to make the gravy.  You can use the drippings in the bottom of the pressure cooker with flour but I like to cheat!

Another cheat is I use instant mash potatoes.  It makes it easy to whip up a ‘homecooked meal’ that tastes like you spent hours working on.  I always have the individual varieties of mash potato dried mixes you can find at Aldi for .89 cents.  The ‘loaded potato’ variety  from Walmart is super yummy with steak and this recipe too!

You would be silly to not ‘cheat’ these days when putting together an amazing meal.  Using new products like the 4 serving mash potato packages makes whipping up a healthy home-cooked meal so much easier.  You will also have more time to spend with the family.

Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwich Recipe

open-faced roast beef sandwich recipe

the most tender and tasty roast beef for my husband’s favorite Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwich in an Electric Pressure Cooker. 

Open Faced Roast Beef Sandwich Recipe

Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Medium


Prep time


Cooking time




  • 2-3 pounds of beef roast

  • 3 tablespoons of flour

  • Salt and pepper 

  • Small onion chopped

  • 1 clove of garlic ( or 1 teaspoon minced garlic) 

  • 2 cups of water 

  • Gravy
  • 2 cups beef broth

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)

  • 1/4 cup cold water 

  • 3 tablespoons corn starch

  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Gravy
  • In a skillet bring 2 cups of the beef broth to a boil over medium-high heat.

  • Stir in garlic powder, onion powder, and Worcestershire sauce.

  • In a small bowl whisk together cold water and cornstarch until dissolved. 

  • Pour into boiling beef broth and reduce heat to medium-low. Stir until thickened. If the contents are getting too thick add water as needed.

  • Season with salt and pepper if needed.

  • Roast
  • In a shallow bowl that will hold the roast mix flour, salt and pepper. Carefully place the beef roast in the dish and coat all sides with flour mix.

  • In an electric pressure cooker set to saute mode add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. When hot add diced onions and garlic to saute for about 2-3 minutes.

  • Slowly add 2 cups of water. Let simmer for about 3 minutes before adding the roast into the pot.

  • Cook on ‘ Meat’ setting for 1 hour letting the steam release on its own. Do not open at the end of the cooking time.  Be sure to use the settings for roast that your appliance recommends.  All electric pressure cooker are different. 

  • After the pressure release the device should be ready to open. Remove beef to shred.  Return to pot with gravy before serving over mash potatoes on a slice of fresh thick sandwich bread.

  • Garnish this sandwich with fresh parsley from the garden!
  • It is best to prepare the beef gravy once the roast is complete.

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Happy Roast Beef Cooking,

Bren Haas

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