Wednesday, December 18, 2013

"Old-School" Creamed Chipped Beef

Let's face it. This is about as old school as it gets. Creamed Chipped Beef over Toast. You know it. And, you either love it or hate it. {I happen to love it.} It's about as simple as it gets, too, with regards to preparation. The ingredient list is a very basic one and it takes like, maybe fifteen minutes from start to finish. If you recall this fondly from your childhood, you know just how comforting and awesome it can be.
 
 
Even growing up in a pretty conservative, religious home, I still recall this recipe being {affectionately} referred to as "S**t on A Shingle." I'm always surprised that so many people have never heard of this.  This was a common meal in our household ... probably because it was so inexpensive to make. But, I absolutely loved it. 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.

The gravy can be served over toast or mashed potatoes.

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 chopped
Black pepper
Salt, as needed
Pinch of freshly-ground nutmeg

Directions:

Melt the butter in a large sauté pan over medium-low 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 milk. Continue whisking until no lumps remain and "gravy" is smooth. Reduce heat to low. Switching to a large spoon or rubber spatula, stir in the beef. Season with nutmeg and lots of black pepper. Taste and add 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.



08/15/17:  Updated photos and made clarifications to post/recipe.



48 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. At my house, growing up, we called this delightful dish "Stuff On Toast". I still make it for my husband and I. We like it best on toast.

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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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    2. fried apples or apples cooked in the microwave are great. I use biscuit mix instead of flour to make my chipped beef gravy. Everyone asks what is my secret.....now it is out!

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    3. I think lightly cooked green beans (haricot vert) should be good with it - and look pretty too. Asparagus should be a natural what with all the white sauce. And a pinch of cayenne....

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    4. I eat chipped beef on toast for breakfast so my sides are breakfast sausage, "well done" homefries (I like the crunch when they are cooked til brown on the edges but not burnt.) and also cornbeef hash cooked well done!!

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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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    2. In the military they call SOS hamburger w/white gravy. We always called this chipped beef with gravy and ate it with scrambled eggs and served over toast. It's a perfect breakfast food. My mom always used the Carl Buddig thin sliced beef...cheaper way to do it and it is good!

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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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    2. My mom would cut up the whites of at least 6 hard boiled eggs and add them to the gravy, then push the yolks thru a fine strainer. Then sprinkle the yolk on the gravy served on buttered toast. She always called it Sunshine eggs. My children love it and my grandchildren!

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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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  10. I've always browned my "dried beef" - which is actually packaged beef such as the Buddig brand, in the butter as well, just like my mom did. Then I add the flour, salt and pepper and cook it a bit before adding milk. We serve it over white bread toast and always serve with peas. Yummy rib-sticking comfort food!!

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  11. I saw this recipe on Pinterest last week and fond memories came to mind. I decided it would be great to make this again, just like my mother used to do, for Sunday breakfast after church. It was also the first time I've purchased the dried beef in a jar. In the past it came in packages like you would buy roast beef or turkey for lunch. Made it this morning, even though I didn't have any nutmeg. Still it was as i remembered! My husband had never had it (shocking, I know!) and he loved it! I plan to rotate this wonderful dish with my pancakes, French toast and waffle, Sunday morning "after church" breakfast! Yay!

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    1. So glad you could make this and that it brought back some great memories for you! One of my childhood favorites! Thank you for your comment and feedback. :)

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  12. I also make this, I use a package buddig beef never heard of dry beef. It is delicious and really inexpensive.
    I understand our soldiers in WWII ate this in the mess hall hence the name SOS Thank you for the memories.

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  13. I made this yesterday with the jarred beef, which I did saute in the butter...perfection! My hubby had never had creamed chipped beef before and he loved it too, thanks :)

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  14. Thanks for the memories...we will be having this soon :) My mom always added chopped boiled eggs.

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  15. I grew up with chipped beef on toast but our mother always used mushroom soup for all her gravies. This is really good made with mushroom soup.

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  16. My Mom always added a can of Lasurre(SP?) Peas to this. Brings back memories that my sisters and I had together.

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  17. My mom used to make it with onion and hard boiled eggs, served over a biscuit. I too have some good memories regarding this dish.

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  18. We always had this gravy over saltine crackers. Loved it then and now it's a favorite of my children and grandchildren. I'm going to try it with biscuits.

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  19. Mom would make this rarely, but she'd make "Creamed Eggs On Toast" often. She had to feed nine people. Eggs were cheaper than beef in the 50's, 60's & 70's. I LOVE it and still make this for ourselves and the grandkids! Thanks for the memory and I will definitely be making the creamed chipped beef soon!

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  20. I make this all the time and mom made it often when I was a kid. She added cheese a few times, but we switched back to the original. We do sometimes put sliced hardboiled eggs on the toast beforehand.

    If you have time, I recommend slicing the beef and adding it to the milk. Microwave for about 3 minutes and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. This infuses the white sauce with a delicious flavor.

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  21. It is also really good on sliced fried potatoes.

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  22. we used ground beef and served over toast or rice!

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  23. Going to make it tonight the way my Dad did. Having tater tots with it. Roasted vegetables sounds good.

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  24. Great for camping breakfast too!

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  25. FYI the term sh.. on a shingle comes from the military. Anyways brings me back home.

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  26. Remaining my of home. I don`t remember if I eated this dish last 15 years. I can`t wait to make it.

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  27. Mouth-watering! Your photos are gorgeous! Good enough to eat...=)

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  28. I grew up on this too. My mom used to slice a hard-boiled egg on top. I still eat it that way today. Sometimes she would serve it on biscuits, which was my favorite way. I love my "SOS"!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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  29. My grandma used to prepare this for me every week. Is nice to feel the touch of the past. Thanks for sharing

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  30. I never thought of the package Buddig beef. Find the jar a tad too expensive for just one person. I wonder what the corned beef would taste like in this now that I can afford it

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  31. We always cooked the chipped beef in the butter then added the flour then the milk to make the gravy. I know several people that use the Buddig beef but we use the dried beef in the jar, and serve it over bread, not toast. Mom always served green beans with it. When making it for myself I sometimes use biscuits. For a smaller batch for us single people, Stouffers makes a really good boil in bag chip beef gravy!

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