Hot Beef Sundae

Enjoy the Iowa State Fair classic, Hot Beef Sundae, at home. Want to serve this dish for a large gathering? Then we have you covered there too!


  • 1 package (17 ounces) fully-cooked Beef Tips and Gravy
  • 1 package prepared refrigerated mashed potatoes (or instant potatoes) to serve 4
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 cherry tomatoes


  1. Heat Beef Tips and Gravy in microwave according to package directions (4 minutes).
  2. Prepare mashed potatoes according to package directions.
  3. To serve, place scoops of mashed potatoes in bowl. Top with Beef Tips and Gravy. Sprinkle with cheese and top with cherry tomato. Enjoy!

Ingredients (100 Servings):

  • 12 lb. 8 oz. of beef, cooked (shredded or ground beef crumbles)
  • 1 3/4 gallons of potatoes, mashed and prepared
  • 1 3/4 gallons of beef gravy, prepared
  • 1 lb. 10 oz. of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 100 tomatoes (cherry or grape)

Purchasing Guide:

  • 20 lb. beef Top Round
  • 12 lb. 8 oz. potatoes, fresh

Cooking (100 Servings):

  1. Heat shredded beef or crumbles with gravy to internal temperatures of 165 degrees F. (If precooked beef crumbles are purchased, a minimum internal temperature of 140 degrees F should be reached).
  2. Place 1/4 cup mashed potatoes in bowl.
  3. Top with 1/2 cup shredded beef/beef gravy mixture (1/4 cup shredded beef + 1/4 cup beef gravy).
  4. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. shredded cheese on top beef/gravy.
  5. Top with cherry or grape tomato.

Roast Preparation:

Trim fat from beef roasts: season with pepper on racks in shallow roasting pans grouping roasts by size. Insert ovenproof meat thermometer into smallest roast so that tip is not touching fat. Do not cover; do not add liquid.

Roast in oven for 8-12 minutes per pound (conventional oven: 325 degrees F; convection oven: 275 degrees F), or until internal temperature reaches 150-155 degrees F. Remove roasts from oven when they reach the desired temperature. Shred with two forks or gloved hands. If preparing day before, cool quickly (within two hours) to internal temperature of 70 degrees F. Continue cooling process until internal temperature reaches below 41 degrees F in the next 4 hours. 

Approx. Amount Per Serving:

  • 1/4 cup (2 oz.) shredded beef + 1/4 cup gravy
  • 1/4 cup mashed potatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. cheese
  • 1 grape or cherry tomato