How to Make Creamed Chipped Beef
Creamed Chipped Beef is a fast and delicious meal that will satisfy the whole family. It takes only a few simple ingredients and about 15 minutes of your time. It is excellent served for breakfast or dinner.
This delicious treat is the Northern kissing-cousin of Sausage Gravy. It is made with cured dried beef that is sautéed in butter and smothered in white gravy. Who wouldn't like that? Now, if you have ever served in the U.S. Military (or were raised by someone who served like I was), you may know this dish as SOS ("Something" on a Shingle). Now, if your experiences with SOS were anything like mine, you may want to run screaming right now, but wait! I guarantee this recipe is way better. The key is proper seasoning. Chipped beef is very salty, so taste your sauce first and add salt a little at a time so that the dish does not have too much or too little.
If you have never purchased chipped beef before, it can be found in the refrigerated section of the grocery store, near the lunch meats. You may also see baggies of pre-made Creamed Chipped Beef hanging next to it. Please. Back away. Homemade is always better!
Creamed Chipped Beef is traditionally served over toast points, but can really be served over just about anything. My family likes to eat it over biscuits, but I've known some to serve it over waffles (hey, I'm from the South, we eat all sorts of things on our waffles).
- 8 Tbs (1 stick) butter
- 2 - 3 ounce packages chipped beef, roughly chopped
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 cups milk
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- salt, to taste
- Melt the butter over medium heat. Add the chipped beef and sauté until the beef begins to crisp.
- Add the flour to the pan and continue to stir for several minutes.
- Stir in the milk until the flour-butter mixture (roux) is fully incorporated.
- Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the sauce thickens.
- Season with the Worcestershire sauce, ground pepper and salt to taste. Be sure to taste the sauce before adding the salt, as the chipped beef is very salty.
- Serve hot!