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New Orleans Hot Roast Beef Po-Boy and Mardi Gras

January 26th, 2010 · 19 Comments

Hot Roast Beef Po-Boy, N’Awlins Style…another Mardi Gras treat

Join me with Drick Perry and his Drick’s Rambling Cafe in this Mardi Gras series while he covers Mobile, AL and CCR with New Orleans. Drick’s entry today: Mardi Gras Loot and Roast Beef Sandwiches

When in New Orleans, eat like the locals do! Moreover, one of the best ways to show your spirit for the city that has oodles of it spilling out into the streets now with both Mardi Gras gearing up and with the Saints having reached the promised land of the Super Bowl, the city is abuzz with excitement.

An interesting fact is that Drew Brees is supposed to be king of Bacchus, the huge parade that rolls on the Sunday before Mardi Gras, this year on Sunday, February 14, 2010. The same day as Super Bowl XLIV, and I am guessing that Drew will pass the baton on the “King” status while he leads his Krewe of Saints into the biggest parade for the Super Bowl in South Miami. Now that we have touched on both Mardi Gras and food, let’s give homage to one of New Orleans most respected historians of Mardi Gras lore and accounts, Mr. Arthur Hardy.

Illustrated History of Mardi Gras

One of the New Orleans most notable Mardi Gras historians is Arthur Hardy, having written many books including his annual Mardi Gras guides since 1977, selling over two million copies. He is offering an illustrated guide to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, now in its fourth printing. His Mardi Gras Guide 2010 is the 34th annual edition and covers every parade, Krewe, route, and answers 25 of the top questions about Mardi Gras, this is the venerable program guide to the biggest free show on earth.

Mardi Gras Guide 2010

Now, back to food, some of the best places in town to get your freshly made hot roast beef po-boy while getting ready for the parade, especially after Katrina rebuilding. This was a major concern for many die-hard roast beef po-boy aficionados, going for over 3 months without one in late 2005 and early 2006 during the initial recovery phase was like having to abstain from breathing.  When visiting New Orleans here are some of the best local restaurants that still offer the ubiquitous sandwich. Oh….and make sure you get plenty of napkins, the messier the hot roast beef po-boy, the better!

Listed in alphabetical order we are highlighting the better places to get your roast beef po-boy in and around the New Orleans area. Many of these places are near Mardi Gras parade routes, so if you time it right you can get in, eat, and have time to go out and catch a parade on a full stomach.

Crabby Jack’s (428 Jefferson Hwy., 833-2722) located in Jefferson

Johnny’s Po-Boys (511 St. Louis, 524-8129) in the French Quarter

Liuzza’s By The Track (1518 N. Lopez, 943-8667) located in Mid-City area

Mike Serio’s Deli (133 St. Charles Ave., 523-2668) located in the CBD

Mother’s (401 Poydras, 523-9656) in the CBD near the river, and not far from the casino and Riverwalk

Parasol’s (2533 Constance, 899-2054) located Uptown, the heart of St. Patrick’s celebrations

R&O’s (216 Old Hammond Hwy., 831-1248) not far from West End area near the lakefront

Now, if you can’t seem to make it down to old New Orleans for the Mardi Gras and still have a hankering for a messy gravy filled hot roast beef po-boy, I just happen to have a recipe up my sleeve for your at home dining pleasure.

Hot Roast Beef Po-Boy

The ingredients that go into a po-boy are virtually limitless, depending on one’s imagination: hot roast beef with gravy, ham and cheese (known in New Orleans as a “combination”), fried seafood (oysters, shrimp, soft-shell crabs, catfish), hot sausage, meatballs–even a French Fry po-boy can be had at most corner grocery store deli’s around the city. In addition, the counter sandwich maker typically will ask you… “And do you want that dressed?” When the New Orleans po-boy is “dressed”, the reference has nothing to do with fashion: “dressed” in New Orleans nomenclature means that lettuce, tomatoes, and mayonnaise are added, and pickles too on some!

Yield: 4 Po-Boys

Tools Required
1 Sauce pot
1 Cutting board and 1 bread knife
1 Wire whisk
Ingredients
1 Lb. Roast beef, thin sliced
2 Each Tomatoes, sliced
¼ Head Iceberg lettuce, shredded
½ Cup Mayonnaise (Recommend Blue Plate brand )
12 Slices Pickles
1 Loaf French bread (Recommend Leidenheimer’s brand)
Gravy Ingredients
½ Cup Onions, small diced
2 Cups Beef stock
¼ Cup Dark roux
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp A1 Steak sauce
Preparation Steps
1. For the gravy sweat down the onions in a little olive oil then add the beef stock and bring to a boil. Add the roux and whisk well until smooth. Add Worcestershire and steak sauce stirring well. Simmer 20 minutes. Then add the thin sliced roast beef and allow to heat through.
2. Quarter the French bread in 4 even pieces, and slice each piece ¾ of the way without cutting through.
3. Spread mayonnaise evenly inside the French bread then layer the top side with sliced pickles, sliced tomatoes, and lastly with the shredded lettuce.
4. On the bottom half gently and evenly lay the roast beef then ladle some of the hot gravy on top of the beef. Fold the top half over onto the bottom half and enjoy with a cold drink or frosty mug of brew.

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19 responses so far ↓

  • 1 DrickNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 11:23 am

    yes, a classic poboy – love the dripping sauce and like it served with fries, to mop of the delicious gravy…Thanks Ryan

  • 2 GlendaNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Chef, this looks wonderful. Your gravy is what makes this a winner! Going to give this a try for sure.

  • 3 MaryNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Oh yes! There truly is nothin’ like a good messy hot roast beef po’boy for sure! My Mama used to say, if it wasn’t messy, it wasn’t any good.

    Now, we do our’s a little different here along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, than y’all do in New Orleans – dressed and pressed is the way we like ‘em over here and always with a bottled Barq’s root beer – but either way, you really just can’t beat it! This recipe sounds perfect.

  • 4 JessieNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 11:46 am

    okay I am coming to New Orleans so I can have some of those awesome Po-Boy

  • 5 Natasha - 5 Star FoodieNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 11:46 am

    This po-boy sounds just terrific! Would love to have it for my lunch today!

  • 6 Ryan BoudreauxNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 11:47 am

    @Drick, French fries are the perfect “mop” for getting up the last drop of the gravy for sure.

    @Glenda, thank you so much!

    @Mary, Yes, a tall bottle of Barq’s root beer is the perfect beverage for the roast beef po-boy. Some, however, prefer the high octane and opt for a long neck Dixie beer.

  • 7 Ryan BoudreauxNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 11:50 am

    @Jessie, you have succumbed to the trance…N’Awlins and food go hand in hand! As they say everywhere else, “You eat to live, in New Orleans we live to eat!”

    @Natasha, yes, I would love one too for lunch today! =:~)

  • 8 ninniNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    hehehehe in Croatia all “live to eat!!!”

  • 9 The Hungry MouseNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Ok, seriously: I’m drooling.

    +Jessie

  • 10 Dimitry MishchukNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Sounds like a terrific meal, Now I want to come to New Orleans more and more.

  • 11 BethNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    MMMmmmm that looks awesome!! I will have to take the time and make that gravy – I haven’t really taken the time to do a really dark roux yet.
    Being Canadian – fries and gravy are so very good too – the Po-Boy would love the company.

  • 12 MaryMohNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I’m drooling over this. I want it for lunch….yum

  • 13 pegasuslegendNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    wow what a picture awesome~

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  • 15 Dawn@CocinaSavantNo Gravatar // Jan 26, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    tasty tasty tasty, i bet you can hardly contain yourselves with super bowl sunday and mardi gras just around the corner. i can hardly stand looking forward to your teamed series! thanks for sharing the excitement :)

  • 16 DivinaNo Gravatar // Jan 27, 2010 at 3:09 am

    I definitely won’t be able to make it in New Orleans. Wow, that hot roast beef sandwich is scrumptious and mouthwatering. Love the sauce that is soaking up the bread.

  • 17 penny aka jeroxieNo Gravatar // Jan 27, 2010 at 7:01 am

    Po boy! I learn something new again. It looks delish! I can eat it any day.

  • 18 Debi (Table Talk)No Gravatar // Jan 29, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Wowee—now that’s some Po boy! My husband would go crazy for this.

  • 19 KatiedidtooNo Gravatar // Feb 9, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    I made these for the Super Bowl and wrote about it on my blog – Awesome!
    http://itsakettleoffish.blogspot.com/2010/02/fat-tuesday-po-boys.html