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Poor Days Supper - Creamed Chipped Beef On Toast Recipe
Creamed Chipped Beef On Toast ~
Chipped beef ~
Family Favorites ~
Those poor days suppers have brought forth some of my family's favorite recipes, like creamed chipped beef on toast, biscuits and gravy, and creamed tuna on toast Actually, when I was a kid my siblings and I thought these meals were real treats - we love them so much.
There are still "poor days" for us and many other families in today's economy damaging times. Preparing simple yet nourishing and flavorful meals does not have to be expensive. A package of frozen mixed vegetables is inexpensive and nutritious. They taste fresher than canned vegetables.
Okay - I know that picture of the plate of creamed chipped beef does not look that enticing, so, just try to imagine a lovely and colorful tossed salad sitting next to it. You might want to put a pretty candle and flower arrangement on the table to create a soft romantic mood. Well ... hey! I am trying to create some ambiance for this simple and inexpensive meal.
I apologize in advance to all active or retired military personnel -- please forgive me for presenting this recipe as a meal. Some of you may really like it, yet others may be so tired of it they do not even want to hear about it. Please, hear me out and just hang in there for a few minutes and you may decide to go ahead and give this meal one more chance.
For those who may not know what I am talking about with the military personnel, I will explain. You see, this meal is so inexpensive and easy to prepare that it is served often to soldiers in the field when on training missions. Out there in the wilds, the military commonly refer to this simple meal as "S.O.S", or, "Sh*t On a Shingle". However, just like that canned molded chunk of mystery meat with the gelatin, some things are embedded in our memories as something we are supposed to hate - when actually, we sometimes crave it just for "old times sake", for it brings back some cozy feelings of huddling together to keep warm while eating out in the fields. In other words, it does taste good if you are hungry.
Every time I do my grocery shopping I pick up several inexpensive items that will keep in the pantry for a long time. One of these items is chipped beef in a glass jar. It does not look real appetizing nor does it look like much, but combined with a white sauce that is seasoned and served on toast with a salad and maybe a light, easy dessert like jello or a fresh fruit and cheese tray, it turns into a satisfying and nutritious meal.
Chipped beef is not "chipped" as one might think, it is just thinly sliced or pressed and salted dried beef. It is not high in flavor unless it is smoked. It comes coiled in glass jars, or left in flat slices in plastic packages.
Did I mention nourishing and flavorful? Well, the nourishment comes from what you serve with the creamed chipped beef and the flavor comes from how you season the cream sauce. So, without further ado, let us get started on this yummy meal.
A cheese tray with fruits and olives is good with any light meal ~
Creamed Chipped Beef ~
For two servings, you will need:
1 eight oz. jar dried beef - chop or tear beef into small pieces
2 green onions, chopped
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons flour (all purpose)
1 1/2 cups milk (warm)
Pinch of cayenne pepper
1/8 cup jalapeno peppers, chopped (canned) - (optional)
4 slices toast
Parsley flakes or chopped chives
Do not add salt. The beef is already salted.
Melt butter in a medium size saucepan over low heat. Using a whisk briskly stir in flour. Keep whisking till a roux if formed. Add milk a little at a time, whisking constantly. Increase heat to medium, whisking constantly till sauce thickens. Bring to a boil, still stirring, and add beef, onions, cayenne, and peppers. Heat till hot throughout and serve over toast. Garnish with parsley or chives.
One 12 oz. can tuna fish can be substituted for the beef. Leave out the onions, peppers, and cayenne and just adding a little black pepper.
A tossed green salad and/or a fruit and cheese tray is an excellent addition to this meal.
Inexpensive Meals ~
A good red wine can enhance your meal ~
Merlot goes well with this meal. It is a mild wine with a supple, fruity flavor
If, like me, you do not drink any kind of alcohol, have a glass of cranberry-grape juice with your meal. The sweet-tart taste of the juice really perks up the taste buds. Also, this is added nutrition for your meal. Both cranberry and grape juice are very good for the body and soul.
Serving the cranberry-grape juice in pretty wine glasses will add to that romantic mood you are trying to create on a low budget. Seriously! I mean even cream chipped beef can be a romantic meal if one is in the right mood -- and drinks enough juice.
Enjoy your meal.
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How to make a white sauce ~
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