Roast beef pumpkin rolls recipe

by BabyYumYum
Roast beef pumpkin rolls recipe
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This veggie-packed lunch option will be as popular with the adults as it is with the kids! Read on how to make the roast beef pumpkin rolls recipe. Written by babyYumYum.



You will need:

200g pumpkin, chopped coarsely

olive oil cooking spray

1 1/2 teaspoons dukkah (optional)

2 wholewheat or rye bread rolls

2 tablespoons hummus

125g roast beef or cooked chicken, sliced

20g baby spinach or rocket leaves

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To make the beef and pumpkin rolls

1 Preheat the oven to 220°C. Line an oven tray with baking paper.

2 Place pumpkin on a tray. Spray with oil and sprinkle with dukkah. Bake for 25 minutes or until tender; mash roughly with a fork.

3 Cut rolls in half. Spread hummus over cut sides of rolls. Divide pumpkin between roll bases. Top with beef, spinach and roll tops.

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Perfect roast beef

Make the perfect roast beef by Jamie Oliver

A simple way to roast topside of beef to ensure it’s super succulent, every time.


  • 1.5 kg topside of beef
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 1 bunch of mixed fresh herbs , such as thyme, rosemary, bay, sage
    olive oil


  1. Remove the beef from the fridge 30 minutes before you want to cook it, to let it come up to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 240°C/475°F/ gas 9.
  3. Wash and roughly chop the vegetables – there’s no need to peel them.
  4. Break the garlic bulb into cloves, leaving them unpeeled.
  5. Pile all the veg, garlic and herbs into the middle of a large roasting tray and drizzle with oil.
  6. Drizzle the beef with oil and season well with sea salt and black pepper, then rub all over the meat. Place the beef on top of the vegetables.
  7. Place the tray in the oven, then turn the heat down immediately to 200°C/400°F/gas 6 and cook for 1 hour for medium beef. If you prefer it medium-rare, take it out 5 to 10 minutes earlier. For well done, leave it in for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  8. If you’re doing roast potatoes and veggies, this is the time to crack on with them – get them into the oven for the last 45 minutes of cooking.
  9. Baste the beef halfway through cooking and if the veg look dry, add a splash of water to the tray to stop them from burning.
  10. When the beef is cooked to your liking, take the tray out of the oven and transfer the beef to a board to rest for 15 minutes or so.
  11. Cover it with a layer of tin foil and a tea towel and leave aside while you make your gravy.
  12. Slice and serve with your roast beef pumpkin rolls.

FAQ’s for roast beef pumpkin rolls recipe

Can I substitute the pumpkin with another vegetable?

Yes, you can substitute pumpkin with sweet potato, butternut squash, or even roasted carrots for a similar texture and flavour profile.

Can I use store-bought hummus for this recipe?

Absolutely! Store-bought hummus works well and adds a delicious creamy texture to the rolls.

What can I use instead of roast beef?

If you prefer, you can substitute roast beef with cooked chicken, turkey slices, or even slices of deli ham.

Can I make these rolls ahead of time?

It’s best to assemble the rolls just before serving to prevent them from becoming soggy. However, you can prepare the roasted pumpkin in advance and store it in the fridge until ready to use.

Is dukkah necessary for this recipe?

Dukkah adds a nutty and aromatic flavour to the pumpkin. If you don’t have dukkah, you can omit it or substitute with a sprinkle of sesame seeds or chopped nuts for added crunch.

How can I store leftover rolls?

Store any leftover assembled rolls in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They are best consumed within a day to ensure freshness.

Can I use gluten-free bread rolls for this recipe?

Yes, you can use gluten-free bread rolls if you prefer or have dietary restrictions. Ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free as well.

Can I add other toppings to the rolls?

Certainly! You can customize the rolls by adding sliced avocado, tomatoes, cucumber, or even a drizzle of balsamic glaze for extra flavour.

What are some serving suggestions for these rolls?

Serve the roast beef pumpkin rolls with a side salad, vegetable sticks, or a bowl of soup for a complete and satisfying meal.

How can I make these rolls more kid-friendly?

To make them more appealing to kids, you can use their favourite lunch meats and include mild cheeses or spreads that they enjoy.

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