Classic chipped beef served on toast – one of my favorite lunches when I was a kid.
A while back, I shared a photo on Instagram and Twitter, and was blown away by all the feedback I received about it! My favorite being this one: “Yum is right! Brings memories of home and love and comfort and security”
Who knew there was such an adoration for the classic and simple dish?
Now some people refer to it as “creamed beef” or even “S.o.S.” ( ____ on a Shingle) – but I grew up calling it Chipped Beef. The SOS term often refers to the staple dish served in mess halls/chow halls at military installations all over. Normally that is made with ground beef rather than the dried beef I use here. Whatever you call it, or however you like it – here’s one of my favorite childhood weekend lunches.
To begin, rough chop a 4 ounce package of dried beef. Place it in a small colander or sieve and rinse under cold water. Set aside for now.
In a saucepan, melt 5 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Whisk in 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour. Let it bubble for just a minute.
Pour in 4 cups of milk while whisking. Stirring continually, cook over medium heat until it comes to a gentle boil and thickens into a beautiful gravy.
Add in 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper.
Add in the dried beef and stir.
Let it cook for just a minute, to heat the beef through.
Serve or toast. Or, if you want to go that route…you could serve this on biscuits as well. I grew up eating it on toast so that is the only way I serve it in my house.
- 1 jar Dried Beef (about 4 ounces)
- 5 Tb unsalted butter
- ½ c flour
- 4 c milk
- ½ tsp black pepper
- Several slices of toast
- To begin, dried beef is highly salted, and you really don’t want all of that in your food. Rough chop the beef then set it in a small colander or sieve. Rinse under cold water. Set aside for now.
- In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. Whisk in the flour, and cook for a minute until the mixture bubbles. Whisk in the milk, and heat this while continually stirring, until it comes to a boil and is nice and thick. Remove it from heat, and stir in the black pepper and then stir in the chopped dried beef.
- Serve over toast.
This post was originally shared in 2013 – and updated with photos in 2015