Creamed Chipped Beef: A Nostalgic Comfort Meal

Indulge in the ultimate comfort meal with Creamed Chipped Beef. This dish, reminiscent of childhood memories, features tender beef in a creamy, lightly seasoned white sauce served over toasted bread, eggs, or potatoes.

Creamed Chipped Beef

Creamed Chipped Beef holds a special place in our hearts as one of our all-time favorite recipes. The warm memories of this comforting dish bring us back to our childhood, where it was lovingly prepared by our mothers. It was only later in our adult lives that we discovered its more common name – SOS gravy, which stands for “stuff on a shingle.” The “shingle” refers to the toast that serves as the base for this delicious dish. While our mothers may not have used this term, their intentions were clear – to provide us with a delightful meal that would envelop us in nostalgia.

What is Creamed Chipped Beef?

Creamed Chipped Beef is a timeless classic that features chopped dried beef in a luscious, lightly seasoned white sauce. The creamy sauce, typically a béchamel sauce made from flour, butter, and milk, is the perfect companion to the tender beef. Traditionally, this dish is served over toast, but its versatility shines when enjoyed with eggs or potatoes as well.

Creamed Chipped Beef

How to Make Creamed Chipped Beef

Crafting this comforting dish couldn’t be easier. Begin by chopping the beef into bite-sized pieces and setting them aside. In a skillet over medium-low heat, melt butter and whisk in flour, continuing to cook for two to three minutes, whisking constantly. Sprinkle in black pepper and cayenne pepper to add a touch of flavor. Slowly whisk in the milk until a smooth and creamy consistency is achieved.

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Add the chopped beef to the sauce and let it simmer for three to five minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve this delightful creation over toasted bread, eggs, hash browns, or biscuits for an unforgettable meal.

Creamed Chipped Beef

Recipe Notes and Helpful Tips

  • Use Buddig beef for optimal results, as it is less salty and dry compared to other brands of dried beef. You can find it alongside other prepackaged luncheon meats in most grocery stores.
  • Cook the butter-flour mixture (roux) for 2-3 minutes to eliminate the raw flour taste.
  • Slowly add milk while continuously whisking to achieve a smooth sauce.
  • If the sauce becomes too thick, add small amounts of milk (less than a quarter of a cup at a time) until the desired consistency is reached.
  • Season to taste with salt, seasoned salt, fresh ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, or even a splash of Worcestershire Sauce.
  • Creamed Chipped Beef is best enjoyed immediately, but it reheats fairly well.

Creamed Chipped Beef

Indulging in Creamed Chipped Beef is a gateway to cherished memories and the creation of new ones. As the weekend approaches, take the opportunity to treat yourself to a fabulous breakfast or lunch that will warm your heart.

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