Roast Beef with Cherry Pepper Aioli

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Cherry pepper aioli and sautéed greens transform leftover roast beef into a delicious sandwich that’s even more exciting than the main event.

Roast Beef with Cherry Pepper Aioli + Sauteed Greens

There’s a lot of chatter about 30 minute weeknight meals, but let’s face it – sometimes even a half hour is too much time in the kitchen.

These roast beef sandwiches are more of a general concept than a “real” recipe, but they’re delicious and take practically no time at all to whip up. I used leftover roast beef (that I made in a slow cooker – I still get giddy over this recipe!) but you can also use roast beef from the deli. To make these sandwiches extra special, I whipped up an ultra-fast cherry pepper aioli and some garlicky sautéed greens, then piled everything on a poppyseed roll.

Open a bag of chips or pick up some prepared pasta salad to serve on the side and dinner can be on the table in 10 minutes.

cherry pepper aioli

I usually hate mayonnaise and other creamy spreads, but I do occasionally make an exception when it’s homemade. This cherry pepper aioli was inspired by one of our favorite local burger restaurants, and it’s really fabulous. It only takes a minute to make in your blender, and a little bit adds a ton of flavor to your sandwich. You can keep things on the mild side, or add more peppers to heat things up. We like ours hot!

This recipe will make about a cup of aioli, which is way more than you’ll need for four sandwiches. Luckily, the leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for several days.

Roast Beef with Cherry Pepper Aioli + Sauteed Greens

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Roast Beef with Cherry Pepper Aioli + Sauteed Greens

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Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4


for the aioli:

  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 1 pasteurized egg
  • 1 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup to 1/2 cup pickled hot cherry peppers
  • salt and pepper

for the sandwiches:

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bunch escarole chopped
  • 4 poppyseed rolls split
  • ½ pound roast beef 12-15 slices, preferably homemade


  • To make the aioli, combine the garlic, lemon juice, and egg in a blender. Turn on to high and let run 2-3 seconds, to combine. With the motor running, slowly drizzle in the oil. Blend until the aioli thickens. Add 1/4 cup of cherry peppers and blend until smooth (the aioli will thin out). Season with salt and pepper and add more cherry peppers to taste. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Heat the oil in a large saute pan set over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Add the escarole and cook, stirring occasionally, until wilted, about 4 minutes.
  • Divide the escarole between the rolls. Top with roast beef and 1-2 teaspoons of the aioli.
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Hi, I'm Lauren!

I'm a certified plant-based cook and enthusiastic omnivore who loves looking for creative ways to make weeknight meals more nutritious. I'm the author of Heathy Eating One Pot Cookbook and Healthy Meal Prep Slow Cooker Cookbook. I also blog at The Busy Foodie. Read more...


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1 thought on “Roast Beef with Cherry Pepper Aioli”

  1. 4 stars
    I’m giving this recipe a one star review because it’s awful!!! And I made This review just for the cherry pepper aioli sauce ( not the roast beef) I’ve wasted almost an hour trying to get the strong olive taste from the oil to go away and ended up using almost 2 cups of cherry peppers just to make it decent but it’s still inedible in my opinion, terrible recipe you should delete this page as it’s completely inaccurate in the measurements, I now know that different oils are better for aioli as olive oil is too strong… never again


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