The ultimate comfort food… roast beef hot shots. There was a small-town diner close to us that was called the Top Hat. It was one of those truck-stop diner type places. They had the absolute best food ever. Their roast beef hot shots melted in your mouth. As a child, we used to stop there some Sundays on the way to the lake.
I am pretty sure this dish is an Ohio/Indiana thing. When I mention beef hot shots, those who did not grow up in Ohio have no clue what they are. Other people call them Beef Manhattans or an “open-faced sandwich.” Legend is, the first Beef Manhattan was served in an Indianapolis deli in the 1940’s. Local Naval Ordinance workers brought the dish back from their training in Manhattan during World War II, and soon it became a staple at the local deli.
What is in this amazing Beef Hot Shot recipe?
- Roast Beef
- Beef gravy
- Mashed potatoes
How to Make Beef Hot Shots
This is a simple recipe to make – in a skillet, heat the roast beef, mushrooms, and gravy. Place beef and gravy mixture on top of bread and serve with mashed potatoes.
- Turkey. You can replace the beef for turkey and use turkey gravy instead.
More Favorite Comfort-Food Recipes
If you are looking for more delicious comfort food, try one of these other recipes:
Roast Beef Hot Shots
- 6 slices white bread
- 2 jars brown beef gravy
- 1 large can beef chunks – OR – 1 pound deli roast beef, sliced thick
- 1 can mushrooms pieces drained
- 3 cups mashed potatoes prepared
- 1 Tablespoon black pepper
- 2 teaspoons garlic salt
- Drain juices from beef can, if using. If using deli roast beef, cut or tear into bite-sized pieces.
- Warm beef in large non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Break canned beef pieces into smaller, bite-sized pieces as needed.
- Allow beef to heat for 4-5 minutes.
- Add both jars of gravy to skillet, stirring to combine with beef. Add mushrooms.
- Season with black pepper and garlic salt; stir to combine.
- Reduce heat to low. Allow beef and gravy mixture to simmer for another 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Place bread on plate with mashed potatoes. (You can also place the mashed potatoes on the bread, if you prefer.)
- Spoon the meat and gravy mixture over the bread and mashed potatoes.
- Allow gravy to soak into bread for 2-3 minutes prior to serving.