So, I've been making a big roast and eating it cold during the week. It's awesome and easy. Today I went to the store and bought 4 pounds of bottom roast - but for some reason the butcher sliced it into smaller pieces (which I didn't notice until it was too late). So, now I have 4 pounds of sliced roast meat. I know how to a cook a roast - but I have no idea how to cook it when it's presliced like this...
What is the easiest and quickest way to cook this? Could I just fry it up in a pan, slice by slice?
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So, in case anyone is interested, I just put spices on each slice, and then stacked the slices and sort of squeezed them together, trying to form the original roast, and cooked it like I would a normal roast (175f at about 20 minutes a pound). Turned out pretty good; maybe a little dry (but bottom round is a really lean cut). In any event, totally edible. Thanks.
I'm a low-and-slow kind of gal, so I'd normally sear the meat (to get a good texture), then prepare it in any stew-like fashion. A slow cooked Caribbean-style dish with coconut milk, sesame beef made in stock, a classic stew with a splash of red wine and a rich stock (carrots, celery, and onion), a tomato-based dish with roasted fennel...very versatile!
You could still roast it in a crock pot or the oven or something, even though it's sliced. Probably turn out much more tender than pan frying it slice by slice, I would think.
Oven would be quicker.