This copycat Arby’s sandwich is totally amazing and so close to the original! Plus you can make it in just 5 minutes! It’s the perfect quick meal for yourself, your family or even a gathering!
Living in a smaller town totally has its perks: no traffic, small school community, kids running through the neighborhood with friends, and of course outdoor adventures at our fingertips. However, it doesn’t offer all the amenities of a bigger city with shopping and food choices. In fact I’ve become such an avid online shopper that I am pretty sure the mailman thinks I am an obsessive hoarder with the sheer number of packages coming to my house. Although, we do have a few fast food restaurants here, they are mostly burger joints and that only satisfies some of the time. I had been craving an Arby’s sandwich a few weeks ago and I wasn’t about to drive an hour to go get one, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and try my own version. It was AMAZING!! And super simple, so I figured I would share it with you so you could try it yourself!
Copycat Arby’s Beef n’ Cheddar
- onion hamburger bun
- sliced roast beef
- fake cheese in a jar
- smokey mesquite bbq sauce (the runnier the better)
Start by warming you roast beef. I didn’t want mine to dry out, so I put it in a bowl with a few drops of water and microwaved it for about a minute. The tiny bit of water kept it from drying out, kind of like a roast beef sauna. I placed my buns face down on a warm pan to get them warm without getting them toasty and them slathered the bottom bun with my bbq sauce. now the trick to getting it right to add a layer of sauce to the entire bottom bun. Edge to edge folks, it’s better if it’s messy! I then added my warm roast beef, layered it up so that it created a really full looking sandwich. The last step was the fake cheese. Now there are a couple of options here, the traditional Arby’s sandwich uses a plain liquid cheese, but I like a little bit of kick so I used a salsa con queso spread. I warmed up a little bowl in the microwave so that it was liquidy (about a minute) and then poured in on top of the roast beef.
I baked some fries as a side (it’s healthier that way, right) and called it a meal. The very best part though, that first bite. It was so close to the original, and only took about 5 minutes total. It was just as fast as the drive thru (if the drive thru wasn’t an hour away from my house) and because I made it at home I was able to convince myself that it wasn’t nearly as bad for me! I love that kind of justification!!
Do you ever crave foods you can’t get? Have you made your own copycat recipe? Share your favorites in the comments!!