Creamed Chipped Beef is a dish composed of chopped dried beef in a luscious, smooth, lightly seasoned white sauce. The sauce with the cream is typically a béchamel sauce made from flour, butter, and milk. Usually, you can serve this dish with toast, but it also good with eggs or potatoes.
Creamed chipped beef may no longer be so traditional, but on many Southern tables, this classic dish, popular in the military for its filling, heartfelt use of dried beef – was found a home. The creamy, gravy-like white sauce rehydrates dried beef, and a pinch of black pepper gives a rich flavor to that simplified recipe. While many people want to serve creamed beef on thick golden toast slices in Texas, you can also spoon warm buttermilk cookies. Many folks remember it back in the day as a breakfast, but we think it’s a good weekend recipe to bring to the table once in a while.
1 jar of dried beef slices rinsed well & chopped
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp flour
Pinch of cayenne
2 cups milk
Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
How To Make Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast
Rinse the slices of dried beef really well – they are VERY salty! Once you have rinsed well, pat dry with a paper towel.
Chop the beef into small bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
Heat the butter in the large saucepan over medium heat.
Add the flour and pinch of cayenne pepper to the melted butter and whisk until well combined and cooked through, about 45 seconds.
Very slowly add the milk while whisking continually.
Once the milk has all been added, add the chopped dried beef.
Cook, stirring occasionally, for a few minutes until thickened.
Taste and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, if needed.
Serve on top of dry toast immediately. Enjoy.