December 18, 2013

"Old-School" Creamed Chipped Beef


I know what you're thinking.

Yes, this is, indeed, a recipe for S.O.S.  Even growing up in a pretty conservative, religious home, I still recall this recipe being (affectionately) referred to as "_ _ _ _ on a Shingle."  But, I'm always surprised that so many people have never heard of this.  We didn't have this super often growing up, but when we did, I absolutely loved it.  My mother loved it because it was an inexpensive and quick dinner.  Still to this day, it takes me back to my childhood and those comforts of home when I make this.  It's not particularly healthy, but it is super delicious.

Typically, it is served over buttered, toasted white bread.  But, we love it over homemade mashed potatoes, too.  The choice is yours.

Serves 4 - 6.


Ingredients:

8 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour
3 1/2 cups whole milk
1 jar dried beef, quickly rinsed in warm water and roughly chopped
Black pepper
Salt, as needed
Freshly-ground nutmeg, to taste

Directions:

Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium heat.  Sprinkle in the flour.  Whisk to combine, then allow the raw taste of the flour to cook off for a few minutes - whisking occasionally.  Whisk in the milk.  Continue whisking until no lumps remain and "gravy" is smooth.  Reduce heat to low.  Stir in the beef.  Season with the nutmeg and lots of black pepper.  Taste and add in salt, as needed (the beef is usually quite salty, so beware).

Serve over buttered toast or mashed potatoes.  Additional milk can be whisked in - as needed - if your gravy becomes too thick for your preference.

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17 comments:

  1. Omg, this brings back memories! My Mom, God rest her soul, would make this every once in a while! I, too, loved it. We always had it on toast, but it sounds great on mashed potatoes. I can't wait to make this! Thanks for the memories! :-) P.S. I still say S___ on a shingle! LOL

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    1. So happy to "take ya back!" Hope you enjoy!

      From one Angela to another!

      Happy Holidays!

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  2. Anybody have good suggestions for sides to go with this meal?

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    1. I have a side salad with most of my meals these days, so that is a great option. Roasted veggies would be good ... some roasted carrots or asparagus, for example.

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  3. My Dad also would make this "SOS" using ground beef and I also use sausage to make it...we always loved "Breakfast for Supper"

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    1. You're right - sometimes nothing beats breakfast for dinner!

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  4. I cook my dried beef in the butter first...I think it flavors it more...maybe its just me....then I drain the beef and make it like you do....I too call this SOS (s^%t on the shingle) then we put it over fresh baked biscuts with buttered corn on the side...oh yeah...and save a few biscuts for butter and homemade strawberry freezer jam...fast and easy meal!!

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    1. Everything you wrote is making me drool ... I love the idea of cooking the beef in the butter. Intriguing. And, biscuits with homemade freezer jam ... divine!

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  5. OMG a dear friend made this for us once we were visiting them in Italy we were in the British forces in Germany they were in the US forces in italy, Sherie made this one day put it between hot baguettes and wrapped them in tinfoil we later ate them on safari and they were divine I so clearly remember it all these years later I was only 12 or 13 i'm now 51 happy happy memories but better still I can now have a go yay

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    1. Thank you for sharing those memories, Debra. :)

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  6. My mom made this often when I was growing up, and she always called it "dried beef on toast". She always served it on toast, with crumbled hard-boiled egg yolks sprinkled on top. She got the dried beef from a local butcher shop. I'll have to try this soon. Thanks for the reminder!

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    1. Never heard of it with hard-boiled eggs. My kids are hard-boiled egg junkies, so they'd probably like that idea.

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  7. It is good over a large serving of spinach also, if ya want to go a little healthier. The cream sauce mixes into the spinach so there is no need to really season it much. Just an idea we tried. It really was good.

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    1. Sounds delish! Kinda a play on traditional creamed spinach! Yum!

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  8. My mom use make this all the time too, on toast! Also creamed hard boiled eggs on toast! " memories" ����

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  9. It is also great on waffles!

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